Nordic Design for Children at V&A Museum of Childhood

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Join the V&A Museum of Childhood for a special exhibition on ‘Nordic Design for Children 1900 to Today’. View the 20th century’s most iconic and influential Nordic designs for children, from BRIO to LEGO, Marimekko and the Moomins.

Century of the Child: Nordic Design for Children 1900 to Today explores the influences which have helped forge Nordic design. It examines how children have inspired some of the century’s most progressive designs, architecture and literature.

The exhibition explores the cultural exchange of ideas between the Nordic countries and Britain and the worldwide impact of child centred design. It features several ‘Nordic Icons’ including Arne Jacobsen, IKEA, Alvar Aalto, BabyBjörn and Tetra Pak.

This exhibition was created by Museum Vandalorum, Sweden, in collaboration with Design Museum Danmark and Design Museum Helsinki. It has grown out of Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000, an exhibition organised by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2012 organised by Juliet Kinchin, Curator, and Aidan O’Connor, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA. Katy Canales, Curator at the V&A Museum of Childhood, has adapted the original exhibition for the Museum’s family audience.

The V&A Museum of Childhood houses the UK’s national collection of childhood objects, ranging in date from the 1600s to the present day. As well as toys, dolls and games, the museum has a wealth of objects relating to aspects of childhood. This includes home, childcare, play, learning and clothing.

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