Robot toys are usually made of plastic and require batteries – but not this one! Inspired by the Japanese Shinto Kumi-ki puzzles, the Cubebot by David Weeks for Areaware , is a non-traditional take on the toy robot by joining ancient Japanese traditions with contemporary toy culture.
Cubebots’s powerful hardwood frame can hold many poses, and his elastic-band muscles and durable wood limbs make him impervious to breakage. When it’s time for him to rest, he folds into a perfect cube. An enduring classic that will withstand generations of play
You can buy Cubebots here
David Weeks founded his New York-based studio to focus on the design and development of products for commercial and residential interiors. Weeks has designed products from desk lamps and home accessories to floor lamps, chandeliers, lounge seating, and custom retail, commercial, and residential installations. The studio’s recent projects include seating and lighting collections for Ralph Pucci International, a bar interior in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and consumer product development for Kikkerland and AREAWARE.
Weeks’ work has been featured in numerous design publications and exhibitions around the world. Originally from Athens, Georgia, Weeks earned a BFA in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, and then worked with jeweler Ted Muehling before founding David Weeks Studio in 1996.
Weeks lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Georgie Stout, partner in design studio 2×4, their son Fenner and daughter Rae, and their black dog Shiner
He’s best known for his modernist lighting, much of which is available through Ralph Pucci. But “I never meant to be the lighting guy,” said Weeks:
He’s also produced chairs for Habitat and has a new furniture line in the works.
Weeks ran the playful, Droog-inspired Butter brand with Lindsey Adelman from 2000 to 2005, which featured many young Brooklyn designers alongside projects like a vending machine that dispensed design pieces.
Originally from Athens, Georgia, Weeks studied painting and sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he earned a BFA in 1990. Weeks worked in the studio of jeweler Ted Muehling before founding David Weeks Studio in 1996. Weeks has designed products from lamps to home accessories, chandeliers, mobiles, lounge seating, and custom retail, commercial, and residential projects. Weeks’s designs have been used in projects for Barney’s New York, Kate Spade, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bliss Spa, Brasserie NYC, and The W Hotels.
In 1999, David Weeks Studio won the Editors Award for Best Lighting at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. In 2000, Weeks launched a furniture line including the Semana lounge chair, which was picked up by Habitat UK. Also in 2000, Weeks teamed with fellow designer Lindsey Adelman to form Butter, a product development company focusing on simple, affordable items for the home. Their debut collection earned an award from Blueprint Magazine at London’s 100% Design show, and another Editors Award for Best Lighting at ICFF 2001. In 2003, Weeks was featured in the Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design Triennial: Inside Design Now. In 2004 he was one of seven designers representing New York at Berlin’s 7+7 Designmai exhibit. Weeks also teaches at Parsons School of Design as an adjunct professor.