Plastique ludique at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs’ Toy Gallery

Another great exhibition that I wish I could attend! It’s up through November. The toys (and their packaging) look fun.

Image here.
From the Museum’s website (translated from French):
Plastique ludique : Libuše Niklová (1934-1981), designer de jouets
9 June–6 November 2011
“The Musée des Arts Décoratifs’ Toy Gallery is showing a retrospective of the work of the Czech designer Libuše Niklová (1934–1981), famous in her own country for creating toys as familiar as Sophie Giraffe is elsewhere. From the 1950s to the 1980s, Niklová created figurines and animals with gentle, simplified forms, including her rubber doctor, astronaut and chimney sweep and inflatable plastic buffalo, giraffe and elephant. She preferred lively, cheerful subjects that she could stylise to varying extents using contrasting colours and optical effects. In 1963, she had the brilliant idea of using flexible pleated piping that squeals when pressed. The result was her “accordion” toys: a cat, dog, goat and lion that can be taken apart and reassembled like a construction game. Throughout her career, Niklová designed toys to both play and create with.”

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Plastique ludique at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs’ Toy Gallery

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