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Arty Abstract Desk Toys

'Endless Puzzle' is a Combination Stress-Relief Toy and Art Piece

— April 14, 2017 — Art & Design
The office can be a stress-filled space, so the 'Endless Puzzle' by New York-based industrial designer Karim Rashid and Aiia is a product that aims to help reduce some of that work-fueled anxiety. Endless Puzzle is ostensibly a desk toy that helps people to absent-mindedly fidget through contemplations, but it doubles as a tactile, attractive piece of artwork to display in the office.

Lately, people have been enamored with the idea of fidgeting in relation to creativity. Most everybody is familiar with the feeling of striking upon a great idea when their minds were wandering -- having "shower thoughts," as one might refer to it in meme-speak. In psychology, this type of creativity is known as flow, and many product designers are creating items to encourage it. The Endless Puzzle is one such item.
Trend Themes
1. Fidgeting for Creativity - The trend of fidgeting as a means to enhance creativity is growing, creating opportunities for innovative desk toys and stress-relief products.
2. Combination of Function and Art - The combination of functional desk toys and aesthetically pleasing artwork is a trend that provides disruptive innovation opportunities for designers and artists.
3. Flow-inducing Products - The trend of designing products that promote flow and enhance contemplation is on the rise, opening up innovative possibilities for stress reduction and improved focus.
Industry Implications
1. Toy Manufacturing - The toy manufacturing industry can capitalize on the trend of fidgeting for creativity by developing unique desk toys and stress-relief products.
2. Art and Design - The art and design industry can explore the market of combination function and art pieces, creating disruptive innovations that blur the line between utility and aesthetic appeal.
3. Wellness and Stress Relief - The wellness and stress relief industry can tap into the trend of flow-inducing products, offering innovative solutions that help individuals reduce anxiety and enhance focus.
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