Helicone: Desk toy transforms from helix to pine cone.
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Helicone Kinetic Sculpture

Executive desk art transforms from helix to pine cone.

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If you’ve been pining for a unique and beautiful toy to amuse you and relieve restless energy, Helicone is just the thing.

Hold the brass rod in your hands and give the elegant kinetic sculpture a quick twist, and the 38 wooden blades fan out from a helix shape and stop at staggered intervals to create the form of a pine cone.

With a design modeled on the golden ratio and golden angle, the laser-cut wooden slats make math beautiful when they flip open and closed to transform shape.

Whether you’re displaying Helicone as a helix or a pine cone, it’s always fascinating and beautiful. Give Helicone a whirl!

Features & specs

  • Wood and brass desk toy with plastic core
  • Transforms from a helix to a pine cone shape with the flick of a wrist
  • Made from 38 laser-cut wooden pieces hinged on a brass rod
  • Includes solid wooden display stand
  • Comes in gift packaging with magnetic catch
  • Approximate dimensions: 4 1/2” x 10” (11.4 cm x 25.4 cm)

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From Helix to Cone and Back

Helicone is a piece of kinetic art that invites you to transform it between the geometric structure of a helix and an organic shape inspired by a pine cone. Participate in the metamorphosis with a quick twist of the object in your hands.

View the video below to see Helicone in action.

Abstract forms of a helix and cone emerge again and again with a simple twist.

Serious Play

Enjoying the finer things in life doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate small amusements. But instead of a silly doll that has eyes that pop out when you squeeze it, opt for a more elegant fidgeting toy.

Helicone, designed by artist John Edmark, is a dynamic expression of the underlying geometry that nature uses to create a cone. Crafted from laser-cut wood fitted over a brass rod, Helicone rests in a solid wood display stand when you’re not rolling it in your hands.

Helicone is made from 38 laser-cut wood pieces on a brass rod and fits in a solid wood stand.
After all, everyone needs to unwind...and wind...and unwind… and wind...

Presented with Care

An object like the Helicone deserves to be gifted in a box whose quality matches its contents. Helicone comes nestled in a bed of foam enclosed in a textured cardboard box with a die cut lid and a magnetic clasp.

Magnetic closure
The quality of its packaging matches the quality of Helicone itself.

Question: How difficult is it to break?

Answer: We usually don’t try to intentionally break our products unless they make claims about their durability. The Helicone is made with wood, plastic, and hollow brass components that can probably be broken if you try hard enough, but with normal use, it should last for a long time.

Question: How does it work?

Answer: Helicone’s wood slices are hinged on the brass pole and freely swing a predetermined distance before plastic stoppers limit their movement. As you use your hands to give the Helicone rotational momentum in one direction, the slices open to form a cone shape. If you turn the Helicone in the opposite direction, they will close to form a helix . See the video above for a mesmerizing demonstration.

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