Babel Blocks by Boym Partners

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Constantin and Laurene Boym of Boym Partners have designed a series of painted wood souvenirs that represent New York's multi-ethnic population.

Called Babel Blocks, the five figurines are sold as a set that is described as "a souvenir of New York’s religious and cultural diversity".

The figures are called Mary, Chen, Nafisa, Jose and Moishe, who "all have their own pages on MySpace," according to the Boyms. The set can be bought at Moss, the Shop at Cooper-Hewitt, or at www.boym.com (where it costs $75 plus shipping).

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Posted on Sunday, November 25th, 2007 at 10:21 pm by . See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • Razif

    What ?? No Indian Taxi drivers ?

  • GiveMEmoney

    Wow, I have never seen such appropriated stereotypical toys in my life. Are these toys critical of our diverse environment in New York, or are they basic stereotypes and architypes of our surrounding? Has anyone seen the videos that the Boyms created for these?

  • geoff

    This has to be a joke, right?

  • http://babelblocks.blip.tv girldesigner

    Since you asked. yes, there is a taxidriver.

    [blip.tv ?posts_id=510487&dest=-1]

  • Chris

    Yeah, these seem to cross the line into condescending stereotypes to me.

  • Chris

    Especially the names. It was a nice thought, but the execution misses the “respectful” mark to me.