The seat of this 1950s wooden doll’s carriage is very similar to Gerrit Rietveld’s 1917 “Red and Blue Chair,” which was made of a wooden frame with two boards serving as seat and backrest. Like the doll’s seat, Rietveld’s chair was designed at an angle and painted in bright colors. Rietveld was not interested in conventional ideas of comfort: its seat and back were hard, to focus the senses, making its user alert and aware. ADO’s toys also transcended their function. Over their lifetime they have not only been playful but useful in recreational therapy.

Medium:

Lacquered Wood, Rubber, Metal

Dimensions:

291/2 × 97/8 × 145/8 IN

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