Swedish Wooden Toys
Editors: Amy Ogata and Susan Weber
Publisher/Date: Yale University Press/Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts (c. 2014) Published in conjunction with the exhibition.
Format/Condition: New large paperback-flexibound book in Fine condition. 432 pages. Dimensions: 7.8 x 10.4 x 1.3 inches. Profusely illustrated in color with some black-and-white (total of 400 illustrations).
Description: 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.
Table of Contents:
• Swedish Childhoods from the Era of Great Power to the Welfare State
• Depicting Swedish Children and Toys
• Wooden Toy Manufacturing in Sweden
• BRIO: The Brothers Ivarsson in Osby
• The Wooden Horse that Became a National Symbol
• Dollhouses and Miniatures in Sweden
• Playing and Learning: Wooden Educational Toys in Sweden
• Sleds, Skis, and Ice Skates: Winter Sports Equipment for Children in Sweden, 1850-1960
• Selling Toys, Selling Ideas: Retailers, Producers, and Politics
• Designing Wooden Toys in the Age of the Technological Imagination
• Children and Toys in Swedish Photographs
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