Century of the Child showcases diverse design elements associated with childhood such as posters, books and toys as well as playground and school design in the 20th century.
Inspired by the book of the same name by Ellen Key, Century of the Child focuses on the Nordic-inspired aspect of design for children. The philosophy behind the work aims to promote the development, creativity and rights of children.
Incorporating play areas alongside a showcase for child-focused design elements, the exhibition includes bObles “tumbling furniture” as well as the chance for children to design their own chairs.
The 20th century emphasis of Century of the Child is intended to underline a time when “attitudes shifted from regarding children as small adults to insistence that all children be allowed to enjoy a free childhood.”
Anna-Louise Sommer, the curator, says that the showcase “aims to provide us with a deeper appreciation of the privileges enjoyed by children today and at the same time show how the approach to design has developed throughout the period to meet the needs of children.”
Children’s design has advanced significantly in recent years, including aiding in medical conditions with toys such as a teddy bear that helps children with diabetes.
The exhibition is a collaborative project between the museum, Sweden’s Museum Vandalorum and the Design Museum in Helsinki.
Century of the Child runs until 30 August 2015 at Designmuseum Danmark, Bredgade 68, 1260 København, Denmark.