Patrick Rylands was born in Hull in 1943 and is a highly regarded English product designer. After graduating in ceramics from the Royal College of Art in London in 1966 Rylands began to work as a freelancer with a number of iconic toy companies which included Creative Playthings, Naef and Ambi Toys. It was during this period that he came up with the extraordinary PlayPlax that went on to sell over a million copies. In 1970 he became the youngest designer to be awarded the prestigious Prince Philip Designers Prize for a his fabulous ABS plastic bird and fish toys designed for the British company Trendon Toys. From 1976 up until 2002 he worked as in-house designer for the historic Dutch toy company, Ambi Toys, and in 1999 was awarded the title of Royal Designer for Industry. His toy designs are part of the permanent collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood in London and were exhibited in the Olympic Games of London in 2012. Bird and fish have just been reissued.

Patrick Rylands

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