Toying With Design

Ladislav Suntnar took a lively interest in the world of the child. Throughout his entire professional life and during the 1920's concentrated his creative efforts almost solely on design for children, for he shared the belief of the avant garde that working for children, the artist help change the future for mankind. Seen as artefacts that should reflect the issues and the pace of modern life, toys utilising simple geometric shapes and facilitating low cost industrial manufacture were seen as tools for development of the intellect, imagination and sensomotor skills. In fact the principle of play actively employing imagination and intellect remained one of the most distinct aspects of Sutnar's entire design and painting career.