Design: Libuše Niklová’s ingenious Soviet Bloc toys

From MoMA’s Century of the Child, these technically ingenious toys are testament to Czech designer Libuše Niklová’s belief that plastics were the future and that playthings need not be dreary.  Toys from many of the  Soviet Bloc countries in the 1960s and 70s were cheap to produce, colorful, lightweight, washable, and easy to store.  This  MoMA video shows her son, artist  Petr Nikl, using and musing on some of the toys he grew up with.

 Image Credit, top of post: Libuše Niklová. Sound-producing animals in their original packaging. 1963–65. Hand-painted polyethylene, paper, PVC. Manufactured by Fatra, Napajedla, Czechoslovakia (est. 1935). Archive Fatra, Napajedla, Czech Republic. © From the book Libuše Niklová by Tereza Bruthansová, published by Arbor vitae societas in 2010. Photograph by Studio Toast – from MoMA

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