Saturday, 6 March 2010

Isokon Penguin Donkey- A Classic Bookcase

Isokon Penguin Donkey
Design by Viennese architect Egon Riss in 1939 and made by Isokon which is the most forward-thinking British furniture manufacturer of 1930s founded by Jack Pritchard, the Isokon Penguin Donkey Bookcase like all other Isokon furniture exploit the strength and lightness of bent plywood.

Named, the Donkey because of the 4 legs and 2 panniers with the side compartments that could be used for magazines. It was renamed Isokon Penguin Donkey because Allen Lane, the publisher of the new Penguine paperbacks inserted 100,000 leaflets into the Penguin books for publicity. The shelves were just the right size for the distinctive orange covered Penguin paperbacks. The Second World War ceased the production of the Donkey exactly the time it was launched but that did not stop the sale of the hundreds Donkey that were made at the moment. Now, u can get the reproduction of this classic piece through Isokon Plus.

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