I guess I'm just a lover of the unusual. The extreme. I went to Antarctica, that's not everyone's idea of a holiday after all. I don't beat myself up over unusual and extreme design; if something doesn't work for me I won't keep it just because it's 'different'.
In August 1999 I went on a tour around Europe. From Antwerp in Belgium, to Amsterdam, Hamburg and Berlin. I also went to Prague and Frankfurt, but Berlin is the important city as far as the bear is concerned.
Passing a store in Berlin I was suddenly taken by the site of a number of varied brightly coloured glowing bears! I had to investigate. It turned out these were a design by Elmar Flötotto, called the Lumibär (in German).
The Lumibär is a classic bear with rounded ears, a plump body and a pleasant smile! The design is based on an original archaic symbol found in children's stories and in bedrooms across the world. A lovable teddy. Lumibears are found standing, sitting and lying; in many different colours. Some are even racing driver bears with accessorised crash helmets! You can also have outdoor lumibears, lumibear backpacks, keyrings and other goodies.
My original lumibear is a sleepy teddy; he spends his time lying down. He's pink, but he's not girly; he casts a warm glow for all around him.
I never gave much thought to what was happening in the lumibear universe until a couple of years ago. Then I saw a lumibear on ebay and thought maybe I needed another. Now I have four lumibears. I have a light blue sleepy bear, a standing red racing bear complete with crash helmet and a giant orange bear.
Of course it's good that lumibears are functional as well as fun!