- Full Description
This enormous volume explores the 148 space-themed toys in the R.F. Robot Collection held by the Vitra Design Museum. Largely produced in Japan between 1937 and 1973, these robots (and the occasional astronaut) are described as "small kinetic sculptures of great originality." Robots 1:1 is unique in that it shows the toys and their original box packaging (where available, as it was seldom preserved) on a scale of 1:1, with the largest robot determining the size of the book.
This conveys something of the uncanny nature of the robots and their general ambiguity, while the vivid illustrations on the boxes give an idea of the futuristic fantasies developed over the period.
Ever since the term's first appearance in Czech writer Karel Capek's science-fiction play R.U.R. in 1921, robots have both served and taken over the work of humans, creating human dependency and, at times, a shift in the power dynamics of a society.
Robots 1:1 is limited to an edition of 1,000 copies, numbered and signed by Rolf Fehlbaum. A USB stick with a film by Luka Dogan, showing a selection of robots in action, is integrated into the very top of the spine (I missed it entirely until it was pointed out to me), while a twice-folded poster unwraps to feature all 80 robots in chronological order of their release.
Printed entirely in black, with just the brilliantly colored robots providing color on each page. With a short introduction.
- Additional Information
Item Code ROBOTD Publisher Vitra Design Museum Publish Date 2018 ISBN 9783945852279 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 12x19 # Pages 276pg Color Partial Color
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