century of the child: growing by design

Ladislav Sutnar (American, born Bohemia [now Czech Republic]. 1897–1976). Build the Town building blocks. 1940–43.

Jonathan De Pas (Italian, 1932–1991), Donato D’Urbino (Italian, born 1935), Giorgio DeCurso (Italian, born 1927), and Paolo Lomazzi (Italian, born 1936). Chica modular children’s chairs. 1971.

Jean Prouvé (French, 1901–1984). School desk. 1946.

Froebel Gift No. 2: Sphere, Cylinder, and Cube. c. 1890.

Teaching materials commissioned by Maria Montessori. 1920s.

Mariska Undi (Hungarian, 1877–1959). Design for children’s room. 1903.

Gerrit Rietveld (Dutch, 1888–1964). Child’s wheelbarrow. 1923.

John Rideout (American, 1898 – 1951) and Harold Van Doren (American, 1895-1957). Skippy-Racer scooter. c. 1933.

Detail from Stahlromöbel (Tubular steel furniture), loose-leaf sales catalogue for furniture offered by the Thonet Company, showing Marcel Breuer’s B341/2 chair and B53 table. 1930-31.

Gio Ponti (Italian, 1891-1979). Glass desk. 1930.

Piet Zwart (Dutch, 1885 – 1977). Child’s chair designed for Wassenaar kindergarten, Netherlands. 1935.

Hans Brockhage (German, 1925–2009)and Erwin Andrä (German, dates unknown). Schaukelwagon (Rocking car). 1950.

Renate Müller (German, born 1945). Indoor play area. 1985.

Helen Hard AS (Norwegian, established 1996). Siv Helene Stangeland (Norwegian, born 1966) and Reinhard Kropf (Austrian, born 1967). Geopark, Stavanger, Norway. 2011. Photograph by Emile Ashley. Courtesy of the Architects.

Ford convertible toy car with original box. c. 1956.

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