Orinoco & Bungo
Orinoco and Bungo are two characters from the early 1970’s books and TV show the Wombles of Wimbledon that were originally based upon the original writer’s own children. Orinoco is clever, but tends to be a bit lazy and loves to sleep and eat, although he also enjoys an adventure. He has a calm nature and will not overreact needlessly so he sometimes misses the enormity of a situation, but his motives are always innocent. Orinoco might get caught up in a challenging situation and his low- key persona means he relies on others to get him out of tricky dilemmas. Bungo on the other hand is excitable and rather bossy and can be quite obnoxious and at times always thinking he is right even if he’s wrong. Bungo loves to take the mickey out of Orinoco and is great at being a prankster often to the annoyance of Orinoco. Bungo although mischievous, is a loveable and vivacious character loved by all. Orinoco and Bungo’s differences bond them together as they are the best of friends.
These characters bring up fond and nostalgic memories of my childhood and the joy bought to me by the show at the age of around 4 years old. On discovering the two characters personality traits reflected that of my own two children some 40 years on, the seed was sown to name my store Orinoco & Bungo……
The Wombles found their place in history books in the 1970’s as furry cute critters terribly afraid of humans that scurried away into their earth burrow after taking humans rubbish from Wimbledon Common and re-inventing human rubbish into new products. This theme of reinventing human waste makes the show even more profound given the state of our earth some 50 years later. In today’s throw-away society the meaning of original Art and unique design pieces as keepsakes really resonates with me. Trends come and go but original Art and design is timeless and unique.
Orinoco & Bungo is on a mission to continue the good work of The Wombles by only stocking keepsakes that are genuine quality, ethically made, long lasting, durable, original, and sustainable.