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A Carousel Holiday Decoration

The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library has nearly 2,000 movable and pop-up books, that are made with a variety of paper construction types and mechanisms that control the movement of the action on the pages. One type of movable book form is a carousel book. A carousel looks like an ordinary flat two dimensional book, but when opened, it unfolds into a 360 degree circle when stood upright.     A carousel more »

New & Notable Pop-ups & Movables

From Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn: Ali Baba e i 40 ladroni, [Ali Baba and the 40 thieves], Mario Zampini and Raimondo Centurione, Milan: Hoepli editore, ca. 1950, Gift of Roma and David Korris Italian illustrator Mario Zampini used his experience as a stage designer to create the “rooms” for this carousel book, based on the classic Arabian folktale. Ali Baba and the forty thieves is dramatically brought to life in this colorful carousel pop-up book by Italian designers Mario Zampini and Raimondo Centurione. In this Italian language version, Ali Baba I 40 ladroni,  Zampini—a noted illustrator and stage designer—tells the story through a series of intricately designed stage set rooms. Zampini was also noted for other carousels—books that unfold from a flat book into a 360 degree circle. Purchase—Roma and David Korris Fund.—Elizabeth Broman

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