The Story Behind HOMMI's Art Toys and Their Names

The Story Behind HOMMI's Art Toys and Their Names

Dec 01, 2023HOMMI -

HOMMI Drop 1 features three art collectibles – QUENTIN, ARLO, and ATLAS. Designed by world-class artist Karim Rashid, each of HOMMI's art toys carries a unique story, a journey through time and culture. 


For Karim, the HOMMI artbots pay hommage to the robotics golden era and ARLO was designed to remind us of that technological utopian period of 'what robots were almost supposedly going to look like or how they're going to exist in  our landscape'. He adds that 'Arlo takes me back to 1967 when there was a folk singer named Arlo Guthrie. Arlo was also a very big hippie name back in the day'. 


A name that echoes through time, QUENTIN was very popular in the 1940s and 1950s. As Karim puts it 'I thought it would be good for a robot or a robotic. It also lined up with, we originally designed five for HOMMI. So it was the fifth toy. So Quentin it means the fifth'. 


A powerful mythological presence, ATLAS draws inspiration from the powerful Greek god who famously carried the weight of the world on his shoulders. In Karim's words, this name 'is a symbol of strength and endurance which makes Atlas is a fitting name for an art toy that exudes power and presence'.


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