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More than Child’s Play

By Sydney | Aug 01 2012

We trekked uptown to visit MoMA’s new show: Century of the Child: Growing by Design (1900-2000). It’s a very interesting exploration of how all design—from architecture to toys—affects a child’s development (something we think about a lot in the Studio).

We were particularly drawn to the galleries filled with hundreds of historic toys—from the super iconic to the whacky.

The inspiration behind the show comes from Swedish-based author Ellen Key’s book “The Century of the Child.” Her writings explore the changes that took place throughout the course of the 20th century—when children became the center of designers’ work.

The exhibition is very kid-friendly with lots of interactive displays and opportunities for play. As apart of the show (open till November 5th) MoMA will play host to several design workshops–There’s even one helmed by DwellStudio friend and Learning Materials designer Karen Hewitt. We highly recommend checking out the exhibit with the brood in tow!

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