Sit Down

V&A Museum of Childhood, London

Date: 2010

Client: V&A

Sit Down, was an exhibition designed for the V&A Museum of Childhood in London which then toured the country, looking at how children’s chair design has evolved, most noticably during the 20th century.

It featured more than 70 types of seating, from rocking horses to stern deportment chairs as well as designs from Charles Eames, Vitra and El Ultimo Grito, and even a Modernist high chair by Dutch architect, Gerrit Rietveld.

The exhibition design followed the narrative of the Three Bears. Visitors entered the show through small, medium or large doors that lead into a “bear’s cottage” where they could eventually vote for their favourite chair using spoons in porridge bowls displayed on an interactive dinner table.break

The exhibition concluded with a timeline of children’s seating from 1600 to contemporary recycled chairs, and visitors could also make their own Ercol chair (an Ercol chair ‘arch’ was on display in the main entrance to the Museum).