Laikingland: Blending Kinetics and Craft

Laikingland: Blending Kinetics and Craft
Design
Christine Huang
  • 18 december 2008

Founded by automative engineer Nick Regan and artist Martin Smith, Laikingland is a Netherlands and UK-based creative company that aims to “design and manufacture beautifully crafted kinetic objects that engage, and evoke a sense of play and nostalgia.” Their first product to launch is the Applause Machine, a quirky toy that’s equal parts gadget-y and simple. The mechanics of the oddly cute toy aren’t covered up by plastic casing or a shiny cover – a refreshing design that offers us the opportunity to appreciate how the toy actually works. Laikingland explains their creative impetus:

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