Vintage Mid Century Austin Enterprises Sculptural Puzzle
A vintage, Eames-era mid-century puzzle from Austin Enterprises, designed by Austin Cox in 1970, and manufactured in Akron, Ohio. There are ten blue and ten orange aluminum scalene triangles, and the goal of the ‘One Austin Hang-Up Sculptural Puzzle’ is to form them into a perfect square (uses the principle of the Pythagorean theory). Pieces can also remain in wood frame and the entire piece be hung on the wall. The inside back of the wood tray has a reflective black surface (which is scratched in several places.) On left side of interior of tray is a 1/8’ thick bumper adhered to the wood (the left side appears to be missing). Triangle edges are a silver aluminum color, while the color is a thin layer of a protective coating (with a few small spots of flaking here and there). Paper backing with instructions is intact (there are also two small pieces of green felt adhered to back of frame to protect wall).
Ensemble shows signs of wear consistent with age and use. Interior back of tray surface has numerous abrasions, and there a few small areas of flaking color on the triangles.