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ADO stacking cubes, Ko Verzuu 1937

A set of wooden toy cubes model 856, designed by Ko Verzuu for Ado Holland in 1937. These are from the first production series. 

Ado toys from this period are often associated with the De Stijl art group, because of their reduced geometry and the primary colors. And for good reason. Rietveld too designed his first furniture for kids. Vilmos Huszar also created a set of children's cubes. And Mondrian was a drawing teacher for little children, before he became an artist. De Stijl was a modernist movement and modernism was a utopian idea; to create a better future. What better place to start, then with children?

These cubes have been played with, which gives them a unique patina. The blue and the yellow cube have some damage and the smallest black cube is missing (as with most sets). We can add a more recent black one

An early set like this is quite hard to find. Highly collectible and inspiring

  • Designer

    Ko Verzuu
  • Manufacturer

  • Year of design

  • Country

    The Netherlands
  • Materials

    Lacquered wood
  • Dimensions

    15 x 15 x 15 cm
  • Condition

    Good with user marks
  • Price


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