Image ref: One of Mari’s early concept sketches for 16 animals.
Image credit: Casciani, 1988, p. 117.
Image ref: The swirling effect of the plastics material.
Image credit: Katherine Pell.
1957 Danese take over the project and manufacture the puzzle in wood
1958 Danese release a smaller version in wood
1961 Mari designs a book featuring the animals to show their interlocking features
1963 Danese issue a pull-out cellular paper version of the puzzle
1969 16 animali is injection moulded in polyurethane
1972 Danese release the new plastics puzzle
1997 Alessi release the puzzle in expanded polystyrene
2003 Danese reissue a limited run of 200 puzzles each year in wood
Image ref: Page from the 1961 story L'altalena/See-saw/ Balancoire/Die Wippe, the Alessi polystyrene version and the modern Danese reissue in wood.
Image credit: Casciani, 1988, p.116, https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/folk-art/toys/16-animali-puzzle-enzo-mari-1997-alessi-edition/id-f_15665271/ and https://www.danesemilano.com/en/productDetails?idProduct=60
Alessi, A. 1998. The Dream Factory. Germany: Könemann.
Bailey, D. 2020. Enzo Mari. http://www.tess-elation.co.uk/cluster-puzzles/enzo-mari
Casciani, S. 1988 Industrial art: objects, play and thought in Danese production. Milan: Arcadia Edition.