The Rubik’s Cube – A 1980s Icon

For nearly a decade, Lucas “Luke” Stoioff has served as the founding principal of DineAmic Group, a hospitality development business based in Chicago. When he is not working, Lucas Stoioff can be found reading, arc welding, playing sports and video games, or solving a Rubik’s Cube.

Invented by Hungarian sculptor and architect Ernö Rubik in 1974, the Rubik’s Cube was introduced to the global market in 1980 and soon thereafter became an international sensation. By 1982, more than 100 million people had purchased one of the deceptively simple-looking puzzles, which later appeared on T-shirts and posters and became the focus of dozens of books and a children’s television program entitled Rubik, the Amazing Cube.

Although the popularity of the Rubik’s Cube reached its peak in the 1980s, it remains one of the most well-known puzzle games ever made. In fact, with over 300 million sold to date, the Rubik’s Cube is high on the list of the most popular toys created in the 20th century.