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Zizi The Monkey
( By Photo Credit: Graham Mancha- mancha.demon.co.uk )

Zizi The Monkey, 1952
Pigomma, Italy

Bruno Munari

Polyurethane foam


Zizi The Monkey was designed by Bruno Munari. It is a flexible toy made of expanded polyurethane foam with a twisted wire core and hand-painted face.

Originally designed in 1952, Zizi was awarded a Compasso D'Oro in 1954. Munari reproduced the monkey in 1997 and 2007.

Although originally designed to be played with, Zizi is not suitable for children under 8 years of age and is best treated as a design object rather than a toy.