Inspired by a volume by Swedish design reformer and social theorist Ellen Key published in 1900, Century of the Child 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. Surveying more than 100 years of goods and environments, this richly illustrated catalogue illuminates how progressive design has enhanced the development of children and, conversely, how models of children's play have informed design aesthetics.
Edited by Juliet Kinchin. Text by Tanya Harrod, Medea Hoch, Juliet Kinchin, Francis Luca, Maria Paola Maino, Amy Ogata, Aidan O'Connor, David Senior, Sarah Suzuki. Hardcover. 264 pages.