Rokus van Blokland
Corry van Blokland Mobach

Nederland < > Bauhaus
Exhibition Nederland < > Bauhaus, pioneers of a new world at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

Drawings and designs made by Rokus van Blokland and Corry van Blokland Mobach were shown at the exhibition.
Below is an explanation of the shown works.


Block wagon
Rokus van Blokland attended the new Course for Industrial Design (CIV) in The Hague. It started in 1950, the first time the course was given. Teachers were among others Gerard Kiljan, Cor Alons, Paul Schuitema and Gerrit Rietveld.
The curriculum of this new course was strongly influenced by Bauhaus.

Rietveld asked the class to design toys; 'Toys in which the wrapping is part of the playing'. Rietveld thought in the opposite direction, in contrary to what was prevalent at that time where a toy was packaged in a box that often was discarded and does not become part of the play.

Rokus designed blocks in a wagon (the 'packaging') that could be fully dismantled. The wheels were loose on one side of the axis causing the coloured long blocks to be part of the game. Rokus writes about it: 'A wagon with blocks, if taken apart the long blocks may be used to build along with the other blocks to become a bridge, a roof... And if you stop playing it becomes the wagon again with blocks. You start something and the rest will follow from it.'
The Wooden toy block wagon was, slightly adjusted, taken into production by Sio in 1954.

1952 Wooden toy block wagon

All parts become part of the playing.

Rokus' block wagons at exhibition Nederland < > Bauhaus
1953 Design ooden toy block wagon
1949 Booklet Sounds and movement
At the Edge of a fast River
The Heavenly Court . . .

The first line of the play Gijsbrecht van Aemstel by Joost van den Vondel (1637).

Pickled onions in wine vinegar

1949 Sounds and movements
Corry van Blokland Mobach (1929, Amsterdam) enrolled in 1946 in a drawing course at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. After that she attended the advertising design and photography course. Teachers were among others Gerard Kiljan, Paul Schuitema, Gerard de Vries, Van de Paardt.
Teacher Van de Paardt gave small recites in his lessons with texts, poems or sounds. The assignment for the students was to depict them directly on paper. Corry used drawing paper, pen, wet brush and coloured transparent paper.
The drawings and collage come from a series of 10, bundled in a booklet.

1952 Labels Sio Blocks
Labels for a serie of blocks boxes in 4 different size.
Rokus van Blokland and Corry van Blokland Mobach designed a label based on the size of the largest box of these boxes.
In the early 1950s, materials were still scarce and printed matter was expensive. Rokus and Corry came up with a way to save costs. The labels were printed in three colours; yellow, cyan and magenta.
Black was printed last and adjusted to the needed size. Finally the labels were cut to size.