Hong Kong Toy Story: A Sociological Observation

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-07-01
  • Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist
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Is it just another piece of toy? Or rather, a movement of contemporary design, expressing a sense of playfulness and a touch of urbanism? In recent years, a group of designers, toy shop owners, and collectors, with diverse concerns, interests and motivations, have come to shape and re-shape the toy scene in Hong Kong. They share two commonalities: they want to design their own toys and they are very rigorous about the concept and well as the details of a piece of toy. For some, toy is the form, a way to express more abstract ideas. For others, it is a piece of toy showing their own personalities. Some started their work simply for the sake of self-expression. Others were quick to see the business potentials of these design-driven toys. Either way, the outcome is a wave of creative works with a good sense of humour, a touch of urban sensitivity and a synergy of crossover. Hong Kong has long been famous for toy manufacturing. While Hong Kong manufacturers have been successful in producing all kinds of toys for the world market, their strength lies primarily in manufacturing. The works we are going to feature in this book are truly genuine toys of Hong Kong, figurines designed by local designers and produced under their supervision.

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