• photo: Norbert Perness
  • photo: Norbert Perness
  • photo: Norbert Perness
  • photo: Norbert Perness

Ernő Rubik Rubik’s cube, 1974

Since 1981 Rubik’s cube has been a permanent piece of the design and architecture collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art. In the 1980s it won toy of the year awards in many countries, and in the past decades the term ‘Rubik’s cube’ became part of standard English vocabulary, being a separate entry in the Oxford English Dictionary. Over 300 million Rubik’s cubes have been sold worldwide and the number of fakes is countless. Ernő Rubik (1944), an architect, initially designed the puzzle game as a teaching tool to facilitate students’ understanding of spatial movements. Then, the invention submitted for patenting in 1975 surpassed its original purpose of being an entertaining visual aid. The Rubik’s cube is now a real design icon which not only excels with its infinite logical complexity but is also a design masterpiece thanks to its form-giving, colour dynamics and construction solutions. The cube has enjoyed unbroken success internationally for nearly four decades; the Cube is the best known Hungarian design object of all time.

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