With a shift in the role that children play in society, the appearance of seating furniture for young ones has also changed. The majority of children's chairs have been designed as smaller versions of adult models. During the 19th century, however, in the course of industrialisation and with the increase of the importance of pedagogy, the children's chair established itself as an independent genre of design. Designers have increasingly been striving to design chairs that are ideally suited for children, and the number of models on the market has been growing steadily ever since.
Ideally, good design and a certain fun factor go hand in hand. We presented some of the first high chair models by the internationally renowned Thonet company, which was a pioneer in the field of children’s furniture.
In addition, we showed iconic designs from the Bauhaus era – colourful children's chairs and innovative plastic seating objects from the 1960s and 1970s. Today, more than ever, there is a plentitude of furniture pieces that make "sitting still" easy for children.
All pieces exhibited have been selected from the Gisela Neuwald Collection.
curation: Sabine Epple
Folder to the exhibition