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KOTOK Playthings
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Kotok Playthings

We design wooden toys in St-Petersburg and then entrust the realization of our ideas 
to the artel of craftsmen: wood turners and painters from a small settlement in the Nizhny Novgorod region, Russia. There the toy-craftsmen industry has been well-known since the XIX century and has become a tradition.

Working with talented artisans and supporting their fading traditional craft, 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.​​​​​​​
 Voznesenskoye is a village in the Nizhny Novgorod region with a population of six thousand people and with Matryoshka doll on the district’s coat of arms: this is a birthplace of our toys. In the XIX century, The Polkhov-Maidan painting style, that is recognizable for its bright decorative floral motifs, appeared in these places. The local toy factory still produces beautiful wooden souvenirs of folk craft, like nesting dolls, easter eggs 
and mushroom-shaped money boxes.
TOMMELISE & WHITE DAISY variable stacking toys 
NISSE, AOOKA & COCKEREL tinkling roly poly toys
WHITE OWL tinkling roly poly toy
WHITE DAISY variable stacking toy
BOGGART nesting doll with a propeller
KOTIK storage box
SPIN KIN a set of spinning tops
BARYNYA storage box
All of our toys are handcrafted. Each figurine is different from others, because it's painted by hand. In production were used only water-based paint and varnish, suitable for children’s use. Figurines are carefully packed in hand-stamped linen bags full of paper filler for protection.
On web we are www.kotok.toys
Images from KOTOK ЛАРЕЦ from left to right: Wooden dolls, Krásná Jizba, Czechoslovakia, 1940s; Folk art of the Ueda farmers/ Japan, beginning of the 20th century; Puppets for the play “König Hirsch” designed by Sophie Taeuber-Arp for the Schweizerisches Marionettentheater (Swiss Puppet Theater), 1918.

ЛАРЕЦ (Treasury) is a place where we collect our inspiration and where we share images of wooden toys of different times and cultures: whether they were created by craftsmen, modernist designers or were mass-produced by large toy factories. 

That’s how our toy project turned into a little study: the section is constantly updated on our instagram: if you like toys as much as we do (and we consider some of them as design masterpieces) – please, follow updates #kotok_treasury.
KOTOK Playthings is a finalist of All-Russian Competition-Biennale of Object Design «Invented and Made in Russia» and a winner in the CRAFTS: Interior Decor nomination.

Toys can be purchased via our web site or via our ETSY shop for international orders.
We ship from Saint-Petersburg, Russia (with ). ​​​​​​​
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Toy design & illustration
Xusha Shishkova
 
graphic Design & art direction
Artem Strizhkov

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Oleg Savunov
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Xenya Shishkova

KOTOK Playthings

KOTOK Playthings are wooden toys, created with love and inspiration to keep up with traditions.
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