Penguin Donkeys

A Penguin Donkey has appeared on eBay for the third time in as many months. These are silly little free-standing bookshelves, that got up their name because Allen Lane fell in love with them on sight, and gave them free advertising in Penguin books.

Unfortunately, WWII interrupted the first run of Donkeys, and only a hundred were made of the original, curved design. They’re lovely, and impossibly expensive. As beautiful examples of Isokon design, however, you can see them on display in the V&A and the Design Museum.

The one on eBay is the Mark II – a slightly boxier version that was created in more substantial supply in the 1960’s. They’re less sweet, but still better than the terrifying Mark III, which is a freakish abomination (ok, a bit harsh, but still… yuck).

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