Century of the Child: Nordic Design for Children 1900 to Today

V&A Museum of Childhood London

30 March – 2 September 2018

With interactive exhibits and a storytelling hut to finish, this exhibition brings iconic Nordic designs for children to life.

Artek, Toto wooden dolls

With their innovative, intuitive designs, Nordic childhood products can found in homes, playgrounds and schools across the UK.

Iconic brands including LEGO, BabyBjörn, Tetra Pak and Helly Hansen have been influenced by the child-centric principles set out in Swedish social theorist Ellen Key’s groundbreaking book The Century of the Child, first published in 1900, from which this exhibition at V&A Museum of Childhood takes its title.

Gathering the best and most progressive design, art and architecture for children, the exhibition showcases Nordic values, with highlights including a sustainable doll’s house made from forest waste, a miniature Puckelball Pitch (an interactive, unpredictable sculpture that evens out abilities) and escapist stories including The Moomins and Pippi Longstocking.

Dotted with fun interactives for children, the exhibition finishes with a recreated Norwegian storytelling hut known as a Fireplace for Children.

Venue information

Opening times

Mon – Sun, 10am – 5.45pm (last admission 5.30pm)

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)