Fredun Shapur: Playing with Design

When Katherine Small Gallery was but a twinkle in our eye, we knew we wanted to carry this book. And we did. It was one of the very few books we offered on Day One—and we’ve never regretted it. It still dazzles, delights, and enlightens. Like Bruno Munari or Charles Eames, the designer Fredun Shapur (born 1929) made a particularly daring and inventive contribution to the world of children. Between the 1960s and 1980s he designed toys for manufacturers such as Naef in Switzerland, Galt Toys in Great Britain, and above all Creative Playthings in the United States. From wooden puzzles to animal disguises made from paper sacks, Shapur’s toys still have the power to challenge and enchant, while his use of color and graphic refinement remain strikingly modern.
  • Authors: Mira Shapur and Amy F. Ogata
  • Size: 8.325 × 9.875 inches
  • Pages: 112
  • Binding: Softcover with die-cut jacket
  • Language: French and English in equal measure
  • Publisher: Piqpoq, 2013