Château Cramirat Collection

From our Château Cramirat collection, we proudly present the whimsical world of the ingenious toy designer, Libuše Niklová.

Inflatable animals, rubber figurines, and accordion toys that tickle the senses with color, shape, and even scent and sound – the delightful creations of renowned toy designer Libuše Niklová elevate the imagination of children and adults alike.

Just looking at these toys brings joy. They are full of fun, portray their subjects playfully, and their aesthetic inspires creative interaction that blends tactility with emotion.

Niklová designed over 230 original toys, including their packaging and assembly kits. She worked in the 60s and 70s in Czechoslovakia, which was heavily influenced by the Soviet-era visual and cultural style. Yet, Niklová sought to find one unifying harmony between form and decoration, keeping the imagination open and happily curious.

Using plastic, a relatively new material championing the nursery at the time, her designs were mass-produced at low cost as colorful, lightweight toys, simple to clean and easy to store. Exactly what’s needed around the house to keep kids amused and creative. Many of her inventions were patented, she was awarded numerous prizes and was the first female designer to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Today, many of Niklová’s pieces are showcased in leading museums worldwide, appreciated for their unique visual style and technical innovation.

The Château Cramirat Collection is a treasure trove of art and design housed in a 12th-century Templar landmark in the Valley of Mankind, Périgord, France.

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Niklová, Libuše. Líba the Tomcat accordion toy. Napajedla: Fatra, 1963. 21st-century edition.

Niklová, Libuše. Crocodile accordion toy. Napajedla: Fatra, 1964. 21st-century edition.

Niklová, Libuše. Lion accordion toy. Napajedla: Fatra, 1964. 21st-century edition.

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Niklová, Libuše. Elephant Calf inflatable toy. Napajedla: Fatra,1975. 21st-century edition.

Niklová, Libuše. Giraffe inflatable toy. Napajedla: Fatra,1975. 21st-century edition.

Niklová, Libuše. Buffalo inflatable toy. Napajedla: Fatra,1976. 21st-century edition.

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