Zoe Ci


12 frottage tablets and 18 stencils to draw landscapes

SKU: 1004/2016 Category:


Designed by Cecilia Ramieri illustrator and educator using the Metodo Bruno Munari®

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Play invisible cities

“The Tatar Emperor Kublai Khan might not believe all what Marco Polo tells him about the towns he visited in his legations, but he continues to listen with curiosity to the young Venetian and to pay more attention to what he says than to what his own messengers and explorers report”.

Kublai Khan listens carefully because towns built through memories and desires – the main ingredients of plays and games – are definitely more charming, exciting and actual than real ones. Stories are able to perfectly outline their features, word after word, as an invisible town with arcs, pyramids and gardens springing from nowhere, thanks to the frottage technique. The eyes of imagination add a beautiful sky, and clouds, while the gates of an imaginary caravansary open up to let horses, camels, cats and lions run away, as from Noah’s Ark after the Flood.

The game is composed of 12 embossed tables (15x15cm) and 18 stencils to play with and to use to draw and design Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. In 1983, during a conference at Columbia University in New York, Calvino declared that his book was “constructed as a polyhedron” and therefore, it could not have a traditional conclusion. This means that if a reader can “play” with the combinatorial structure of the work, children can endlessly combine textures and stencils to create invisible towns and hide fanciful cities.

The design was developed by Cecilia Ramieri, an illustrator and educator using the Bruno Munari Method®. The project was conceived by Flavio Tuliozi – responsible for communication at Italiantoy – as a tribute to Italo Calvino and to represent Italy in the world through playing activities.

– 12 embossed tables (15×15 cm)
– 18 stencils

Zoe Ci at “Straludica” festival

Additional information

Weight 1.4 kg
Dimensions 33.5 × 3 × 33.5 cm
Box Contents

12 embossed tables (15×15 cm) – 18 stencils

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