INTERIORS, FURNITURE, AND PRODUCT DESIGN

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ARBOR VITAE

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Hardcover, 8.25 x 8 in. / 298 pgs / illustrated throughout.

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PUB DATE 3/31/2014
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CATALOG: SPRING 2014 p. 152   

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ARBOR VITAE

Libuse Niklová

Published by Arbor Vitae
Text by Tereza Bruthansova, Petr Nikl.

Featured image, of some of Libuse Niklová's plastic playthings (1954-1964), is reproduced from <I>Libuse Niklová</I>.This first monograph on one of Czechoslovakia’s most important designers, Libuse Niklová (1934–1981), explores the rich and delightful world of her plastic toys, featuring nearly 500 color photographs and archival reproductions. Her whistling accordion-pleated Tomcat, and inflatable Buffalo and Elephant have been treasured possessions for several generations of children in Czechoslovakia, occupying a unique position in twentieth-century product design, and many of them are firmly established icons in the Czech design canon. This fun, accessible book gathers her oeuvre into three chapters: "Plastic Playthings 1954–1964," "Accordion and Vernian Toys 1963–1967" and "Inflatable Toys 1963–1981." Full-color reproductions of the toys are punctuated with quotes from Niklová and her colleagues, and with sketches and archival photographs. Also included are a biography and a booklet, inserted toward the rear, listing all of her works.

Featured image, of some of Libuse Niklová's plastic playthings (1954-1964), is reproduced from Libuse Niklová.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/13/2014

Libuse Niklová

Libuse NiklováWhat a joy to preview the first monograph in English on mid-century Czech toy designer Libuse Niklová. The woman was unstoppable, designing many dozens of inflatable, accordion-pleated and hollow, static figures of only the most adorable and compelling kind. The book, by the interesting Czech publisher Arbor Vitae, is as playful as its subject, with puffy hardbound cover, three different colored ribbons and a complete inventory of works by this modest modernist printed on special, smaller matte paper and bound inside. Wonderful archival images are interspersed with a wealth of new photographs, and set among both personal and scholarly texts.
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