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His work is indelibly part of the history of pre-war Czechoslovakia and is imprinted on the minds of children who loved and still love his luxury toys. The Pilsen native showed the world that the Czechs are a nation of great spirit!

Playfully for kids: The icon of the interwar modern style, Ladislav Sutnar

Mgr. Jana Höger
16.Oct 2018
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Toys by Ladislav Sutnar

A tue artist Czech-American creator

Ladislav Sutnar (1897-1976) can be described as a pioneer who bravely implemented his ideas in the field of applied design, toys, puppets, architecture, and exhibitions. The cognitive background of his work Inspired by the ideas of Bauhaus, he began to transform the artistic thinking of his generation. He continues to be a leader in influencing and expanding the language of visual communication. He sought the highest quality of everyday life environment.

Ladislav Sutnar and camel
Ladislav Sutnar
Ladislav Sutnar and animals

Hand painted and manufactured toys

One would think that designing toys is a marginal issue for such a great designer. But here too, it turned out that Ladislav Sutnar does everything honestly and with an artistic spirit. The designs of his toys reflect his thoughtful direction: to create a toy that would in itself be a work of art and a bearer of higher design values. And he really managed to do just that.

His luxurious toys combine new pedagogical practices, abstract art and the originally intended cheap industrial production. In the end he opted for the hand made principle. The body of the toy is made of quality beech massif. The other parts are made of softwood. The color is not infantile, he stays true to the basic colors of white, black, and brown. The originals are stored in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague.

Luxusní byt 4+kk s terasou na prodej, Praha
Luxusní byt 4+kk s terasou na prodej, Praha, Praha 5

Exotic animals from the 1930s

Although much time has passed, the toys are still modern, and the MODERNISTA association offers its clients a unique opportunity to purchase such luxurious jewels for their children. There is an elephant, rhinoceros, camel and walrus. They are animals that children do not normally play with. It's not a dog, a kitten or a teddy bear, but they can still attract a child's imagination, develop their playfulness and inventiveness.

Luxury toy quality

Nowadays, parents emphasize the origin of toys, as various "Chinese" counterfeits can be directly identified as dangerous. These toys, however, are produced with love, sensitively and originally. Even small children can be exposed to high art, which Ladislav Sutnar's toys definitely are.

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