Giving the Best is Never Too Good for LEGO or You

by Sally Matheny
Lego art by Sawaya

Do you know about Ole Kirk Christiansen? He was a toymaker in Denmark who named his toyshop “Lego” back in 1934. Originally, he made wooden toys but later, in 1947, his company expanded to make plastic toys.

Ole Kirk was well known for saying, det bedste er ikke for godt, which essentially means, “the best is never too good.”

He insisted his toys be of the highest quality. Unfortunately, not all toy makers stand by that motto.

Not all of Ole Kirk's days were good, especially during the Depression. Nevertheless, he stood firm in giving his best.

Lego Self Portrait of Nathan Sawaya

LEGO ® has grown into a phenomenal company that would astonish Ole Kirk. The little, plastic bricks have generated clothing, movies, and theme parks.

One of today’s amazing artists, Nathan Sawaya, has locked his talents into Ole Kirk’s motto and is building his own success story.
My family was fortunate to visit one of Sawaya’s exhibits held at the Captain White House in Alamance County, North Carolina in 2013.