KOTOK Playthings are wooden toys, created with love and inspiration.
The toys that are drawn by a graphic designer and made in the traditional way by an artel of craftsmen from the Nizhny Novgorod region. There the toy-craftsmen industry has been well-known since the XIXth century and has become a tradition. Wooden figurines are turned on a lathe and then painted by an artist's hand.
To work with talented craftsmen and support their distinct job, especially during current times of a global overproduction is a great joy for us.
Our goal is to create high-quality toys with a history that people of all ages will treasure and love.
2020 – All-Russian competition-biennale of object design and an exhibition at the Moscow Museum of Decorative Arts "Invented and Made in Russia II": a winner in the "Crafts: Interior Decor" nomination.
2021 – 2022 – "History of Russian design. Essentials" exhibition, Moscow Design Museum, The State Tretyakov Gallery.
2022 – "Play with design" group exhibition at the Carme Contemporary Culture Centre, Valencia, ES.
2022 – 2023 – All-Russian competition-biennale of object design and an exhibition at the Moscow Museum of Decorative Arts "Invented and Made in Russia III": special jury mention.
2023 – a publication and an interview in the New Folk Art book, publised by Victionary.
– intro.kotok.toys web site was selected by Readymag to participate in the "Projects of the Year 2020" voting and nominated in “Promos”.
– An "Editors's picks" mark on Etsy marketplace platform.
PRESS → Paper.paper, Anorak magazine, Afisha Daily, Wonderzine, Russian Project 2020, Seasons "Makers" 2020, Behance