Ursa Minor, or Little Bear, is a posable wooden toy figurine designed by Parsons-grad artist David Weeks. Ursa's powerful hardwood frame can hold many poses, and her elastic-band muscles and durable wood limbs make her almost impervious to breakage. An enduring classic that will withstand generations of play. Ursa Minor has elastic band muscles that pop and lock into a myriad of poses. And, she's kind to the environment, since she's made of sustainably harvested beech wood.
Meet the designer
David Weeks was born in Madison, Wisconsin, raised in Athens, Georgia, and educated in Providence, where he received his BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. Weeks founded his namesake studio in DUMBO in 1996 as an umbrella for his diverse interests, ranging from metal fabrication techniques to contemporary toy culture. Brooklyn’s unique amalgam of the industrial and the artisanal informed Weeks’ sensibility, and his work in turn helped define the independent design movement that took root there: one that championed the maker and whetted contemporary styling and old-school craftsmanship.
Over the past two decades, his product line has evolved from a core grouping of elemental lighting fixtures to a broader collection of upholstered seating, side tables, and sculptural objects with a simpatico sense of materiality and detailing.
Toy dimensions: 10"L x 4.5"W x 4.5"H
Box dimensions: 10.75"L x 6"W x 5.75"H