Bruno Munari

The Circus In The Mist


A classic activity book by Bruno Munari. Explore, play and discover; In The circus in the mist, the reader, adult or child, is completely involved and enters actively into the story through a series of pictures and prompts created by using different types of pierced and perforated paper. A journey through the milky opacity of Milan's fog, an introduction to the lively world of the circus.

"When the summer sun lights up everything and the sand burns beneath bare feet, all nature is awake and full of lite: trees push forth new leaves, birds take long flights, animals and insects run and jump, and children discover a world of new wonders around them.
But in the winter nature sleeps, and white it lies dreaming, the mist appears. Walking in the mist is like entering into nature's dream. Now the birds take only short flights so they will not lose their way; traffic lights and road signs disappear and cars and buses must move slowly, yet one has only time to catch a glimpse of them before they vanish again. At night, red, green, and yellow lights color the all-enveloping mist, and everything seems unreal. Only indoors can people and animals live as usual".

Munari is our Italian godfather number two – the first being Enzo Mari. We’re constantly inspired by Munari’s work; it used to be that if we hit a wall, we’d refer to his books. His view of the role and process of design remains at the forefront of today’s design context. He has a playful and intuitive set of values around design and education – one that has nurtured HATO for over a decade. As students it was always hard to source his projects and books, so we’re so happy to sell them here now.

Bruno Munari was a prolific Italian artist, designer and inventor associated with the Futurist, Modernist and Concrete Art movements – and best known for his experimental children's books, foam toys, futuristic light fittings and cube-shaped ashtrays. The idea of play as an essential component to creativity informs much of his work.

Format: hardcover

Pages:  56 Dimensions:  21cm x 21cm First Edition Year:  1996

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