Modern Classics: Bath Toys

Modern Classics: Bath Toys

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Carrie McBride
Sep 24, 2012
Fish by Patrick Ryland

I was tickled when Elisabeth wrote about the re-issue of Patrick Ryland's lauded "Fish" (which won the Duke of Edinburgh's Design Award in 1970) because an original is sitting in my bathtub. It belongs to my husband and my mother-in-law had saved it all these years. It got me thinking about why certain designs endure over time and hold as much appeal today as when they were created. Then I started to wonder which bath toys from today have enough timeless appeal that I might one day want to hand them down to my own grandchildren.

My mother-in-law thinks she bought the Ryland fish at Cambridge's legendary and now defunct Design Research store which showcased the best of international design. The Fish design is simple yet elegant, a hallmark of many enduring designs. With this criteria in mind, I rounded up some bath toys currently on the market that I think have a shot at being collectible and revisited by future generations of children. I included the classic rubber ducky which I don't love, but whose popularity never seems to wane.

Do you have any to add to my list?

(Images: as credited)

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