INTERIORS, FURNITURE, AND PRODUCT DESIGN

PUBLISHER
Vitra Design Museum

BOOK FORMAT
Hardcover, 12.5 x 19 in. / 276 pgs / 252 color. / USB embedded in spine / Edition of 1,000 signed & numbered

PUBLISHING STATUS
Pub Date
Out of stock indefinitely

DISTRIBUTION
D.A.P. Exclusive
Catalog: FALL 2018 p. 66   

PRODUCT DETAILS
ISBN 9783945852279 SDNR40
List Price: $215.00 CDN $290.00

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Not available

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VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM

ROBOTS 1:1

R.F. Collection

Edited by Rolf Fehlbaum.

ROBOTS 1:1

Collectible "kinetic sculptures" from bygone visions of the future

This enormous volume explores the 148 space-themed toys in the R.F. Robot Collection held by the Vitra Design Museum. Largely produced in Japan between 1937 and 1973, these figures of robots (and the occasional astronaut) have been carefully researched and compiled over the years by Rolf Fehlbaum, former Chairman of Vitra and founder of the Vitra Design Museum, who describes them as "small kinetic sculptures of great originality."

Ever since the term's first appearance in Czech writer Karel Capek's science-fiction play R.U.R. in 1921, robots have both served and taken over the work of humans, creating human dependency and, at times, a shift in the power dynamics of a society. ROBOTS 1:1 is unique in that it shows the toys and their original packaging (where available, as it was seldom preserved) on a scale of 1:1, with the largest robot determining the size of the book. This conveys something of the uncanny nature of the robots and their general ambiguity, while the vivid illustrations on the boxes give an idea of the futuristic fantasies developed over the period.

ROBOTS 1:1 is limited to an edition of 1,000 copies, numbered and signed by Rolf Fehlbaum. A USB stick with a film by Luka Dogan, showing a selection of robots in action, is integrated into the spine, while a poster featuring 80 robots in chronological order of their release is also included in the book.


Featured image is reproduced from 'ROBOTS 1:1.'

ROBOTS 1:1

STATUS: Out of stock indefinitely.

FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/12/2018

A smile is the only possible outcome to 'Robots 1:1'

A smile is the only possible outcome to 'Robots 1:1'

"Telephone Robot" (24.5 cm, 1968)—produced by the Japanese toy company Yonezawa—is reproduced from ROBOTS 1:1, the astonishing new compendium from Vitra Design Museum. It would be hard to imagine a more surprising and delightful holiday gift for a toy, book or kinetic sculpture collector. Measuring just over 12 inches wide by 19 inches tall and spectacularly well printed on deluxe paper with space-black edges to match the impeccable photography, this signed and numbered edition of 1000 books (packaged with a poster and a USB stick containing video of 54 of the robots in motion) presents a selection of 148 robots and astronauts from the R.F. Robot Collection. Naturally, each is reproduced at 1:1 scale. You really have to see it to believe it. A smile is the only possible outcome. continue to blog


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