The History of the Rubik’s Cube

A successful business owner, Lucas Stoioff is a leading professional in the field of hospitality. Luke Stoioff possesses a juris doctor from the John Marshall Law School and leverages his knowledge to lead DineAmic Group and its portfolio of luxury restaurant and bar establishments. Keeping his mind sharp in his free time, Lucas Stoioff enjoys engaging in games and puzzles such as the Rubik’s Cube.

Formerly known as the Magic Cube, the Rubik’s Cube was developed in 1974 by Erno Rubik. A native of Hungary, Erno Rubik was a sculptor and architect who moonlighted as a professor at the Academy of Applied Arts and Design in Budapest. As an educator, he created three-dimensional puzzles to challenge his students and help them learn about geometry. He was so inspired by three-dimensional puzzles that he created the first Rubik’s Cube from wood, with the assistance of friends.

The initial commercial production of the game was through toy-manufacturer Politechnika. The colorful puzzle first appeared in toy stores throughout Budapest in 1977. Within two years, Erno Rubik partnered with the Ideal Toy Corporation to launch the product in the West. It was at this time that the toy was renamed to the Rubik’s Cube. Today, it is an iconic toy of the 20th century and has sold more than 300 million pieces.