Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000

Now at MoMa, Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000 is an amazing exhibition that brings together areas underrepresented in design history and often considered separately – think school architecture and playgrounds, clothing, toys and games, children’s hospitals and safety equipment, nurseries, furniture, and books.








In 1900, Swedish design reformer and social theorist, Ellen Key intensified focus and progressive thinking regarding the rights, development, and well-being of children as interests of utmost importance to all society. Taking inspiration from Key—and looking back through the 20th century 100 years after her forecast—this exhibition examines individual and collective visions for the material world of children, from utopian dreams for the “citizens of the future” to the dark realities of political conflict and exploitation. Click here for more info.  Pretty rad.

The Museum of Modern Art: 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019-5497


4 thoughts on “Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000

  1. We really loved MoMA’s Century of the Child exhibit. Thanks for posting such great photos.
    You can see more Froebel Kindergarten objects from the collection of Norman Brosterman here: http://bit.ly/OlPATz He’s the author of Inventing Kindergarten. An award-winning book on Froebel’s Kindergarten + Modernism.

      • That’s great. Inventing Kindergarten will be launched as an ebook soon. Have you seen the design toy he created based on a Froebel gift in his collection? http://kaleidographtoy.com/ It’s a paper kaleidoscope. The color die-cut cards make over a billion designs. It’s very cool.

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