Fascinated by the wide scope afforded by the new material − GRP (glass fibre-reinforced plastic), Walter Papst designed a complete range of furniture for children from the mid-1950s onwards that Wilkhahn produced in series until the end of the 1960s. The "Rocking Sculpture" became the icon of the range. Its abstract design and the avoidance of the term "Rocking Horse" were an expression of the emancipatory approach of the designers associated with the Werkbund, Bauhaus and the Ulm Academy of Design. The aim was not to restrict one's childlike fantasy by means of concrete paragons and giving the object a name. The functional form, consistently reduced to essentials, received the "Good Toy" award in Ulm in 1960 and also won a prize at the Triennale di Milano in 1961.
For the new edition produced in collaboration with the wiege design studio, the original design has been carefully adapted to conform to current safety requirements for toys. This new version has been tested and approved for use by children. However, to satisfy purists and collectors, handles according to the original design are also enclosed. Should these original handles be mounted, the Rocking Sculpture no longer conforms to the test criteria, and the CE approved label loses its validity. The new edition is limited to 1,500 copies throughout the world; each one will be supplied with a consecutively numbered certificate. The design icon is available at the end of June for EUR 480 + VAT. Reservations can be placed from now on by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
PS.an original rocking-sculpture from the 1960´s was estimated to have a value of about 6000€ last year at 'Modernes Design Auktion' , an auction at the auction house Dorotheum Wien