When is a seat not just for sitting on? When it’s a plaything, for eating, for transport or for a quick snooze. Sit Down will explore the vast array of seating used by children in their everyday lives. Taking the children’s classic tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears as a starting point, the exhibition will invite the visitor, as Goldilocks did, to consider what makes a successful seat. Is it comfort? Is it style? Is it ease of use?
Designs by Charles Eames, Vitra and El Ultimo Grito will be on display, as well as Spotty, a 1960s paper chair designed by Peter Murdoch, and a children’s version of the classic No 14 chair by Thonet, designed in 1860 and still in production today.
V&A Museum of Childhood
6 February – 13 June 2010
Photograph courtesy of V&A images