The Swedish toy industry has long produced vast quantities of colorful, quality wooden items that reflect Scandinavian design and craft traditions. This superbly illustrated book, including specially commissioned photography, looks at over 200 years of Swedish toys, from historic dollhouses to the latest designs for children. Featuring rattles, full-size rocking horses, dollhouses, and building blocks to skis, sleds, and tabletop games with intricate moving parts, Swedish Wooden Toys also addresses images of Swedish childhood, the role of the beloved red Dala horse in the creation of national identity, the vibrant tradition of educational toys, and the challenges of maintaining craft manufacturing in an era of global mass-production.
Published in association with the Bard Graduate Center
Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Bard Graduate Center
“[A] superbly illustrated book”—Journal of Arts and Collectibles
Co-winner for first place for 2014 Awards of Excellence for Catalogue Publication, sponsored by the Association of Art Museum Curators.~Exhibition Catalogue Award