This is a major and extensive survey of design for children - progressive Nordic design - that includes examples of furniture, toys and books for children, clothing, photographs of school architecture, playgrounds and public spaces, along with posters and advertising. There are a few references to food and packaging with the OTA oat flakes and tetra paks for fresh milk for children and even a three-wheel Christiania bike from the 1980s with its large square front box for carrying small loads of goods or large loads of kids.
The title of the exhibition comes from a book, The Century of the Child by Ellen Key, that was published in Sweden in 1900 where Key wrote about child labour, which then existed throughout Europe, and wrote about her concerns about poverty, social conditions in working-class homes and the need for health care and support for young mothers.
Museum Vandalorum, Värnamo, Sweden - 10 May to 28 September 2014
Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen - 28 November 2014 to 16 August 2015
Design Museum, Helsinki - 9 October 2015 - 17 January 2016
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