Sit Down: Seating for Kids

Although the latest exhibition at London’s V&A Museum of Childhood is undoubtedly designed to playfully educate small children on the wide variety of functions of chairs, it is the wall illustrations by Emma Houlston that will attract “bigger kids.”

The exhibition, entitled Sit Down: Seating for Kids, has taken Goldilocks and the Three Bears as its origins for exploring how seating is incorporated into the everyday lives of children as a part of, among other things, eating, learning and playing. In a rather cute twist, people attending the show are invited to vote for their favourite chair, thereby placing them in the role of fairy tale protagonist. In this section of the exhibition, Houlston’s work is seen on the wood panel wall in the form of graffiti messages such as “Porridge 4 Eva” and “Goldie Locks *hearts* This Chair.”

I think that part of the reason why this exhibition appeals to me is that it provides the viewer with the opportunity to unleash his or her inner child; however, knowing my luck, I’d probably end up in the “naughty chair” pictured above.

Sit Down: Seating for Kids is showing at the Museum of Childhood until 5 September 2010. More detailed views of the exhibition, as taken by Felicity Crawshaw, can be found on Houlston’s portfolio.

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