Origins of Smart Egg

Inventor of Smart Egg, András Zagyvai

Photo: Árpád Kurucz/Népszabadság

Photo by: Árpád Kurucz/Népszabadság

He never could have invented a logic puzzle intentionally, said András Zagyvai, creator of the Egg. Fresh eyes and an open-minded, receptive approach of all things are needed to get a unique idea like this. His invention was born from all the experience he gained on different areas of his life, most importantly from his expertise as an architect and his noble humility towards designing the form, finding the ideal proportions, searching for the right material. The shape of the toy has to be in complete harmony with its internal structure and mechanism, just like in the case of buildings. The Egg is as much a design object, a small sculpture as a challenging puzzle.

It all started here...

It all started here…

The Egg gained its final shape and mechanism with many years of refinement. During those years, András lived on a farm where he set up a small workshop with an old lathe as its main equipment. He used it to manufacture the first and simplest, as well as the latter, incredibly complex pieces. The idyllic set was covered with a thick layer of woodchips, contrasting the strict order of the worn tools aligned on the tables. The first pieces he made here were toys for his two younger children, to develop their space perception and problem solving skills. With time, as he created more and more pieces, he realized that an almost infinite scale of complex and difficult puzzles await creation.

András described the Egg like this: “The egg-shape is a symbol of fertility and creation, and the wand goes through its maze like we advance in life as our time passes. Sometimes we reach forks in the road and we have to take decisions on the directions we choose.”

In the spirit of this beautiful metaphor, walked my father, András Zagyvai, his own, not so long labyrinth, and found his way out in 2013.

Péter Zagyvai (the inventor’s son)


“Washington” Egg was the first member of the Smart Egg family to get public attention after winning World Puzzle Championship Grand Prix Award in Washington, the Jury Grand Prize 2012


  • 2013-2015 – continuous development in two directions: Art Egg (handcrafted wooden puzzles, limited editions), Smart Egg (collections made of plastic)
  • May 2014 – first collection of 1 layer Smart Eggs (6 puzzles) promoted in the U.S.
  • 2015 – starting cooperation with World Cube Association
  • Summer 2015 – first Smart Egg competitions and promotion of the first 2 layer Smart Egg collection (3 puzzles)
  • September 2015 – promotion of the second series of 1 layer Smart Eggs (6 new puzzles)