In a bid to unravel the hyperbole surrounding the ultimate design staple, the V&A Museum of Childhood will this month play host to an exhibition devoted entirely to ‘the chair’; but far from offering a back-seat take on the form, the show presents a point of view to engage even the most juvenile of fans.
Featuring key pieces from the likes of Eames, Vitra, Peter Murdoch and even last year's soaringly successful Wallpaper* chair arch, ‘Sit Down at the V&A” includes everything from benches and beanbags to toys, potties and high chairs.
Exploring the origins of the seat from a grassroots perspective, and then taking time to consider how and why seating has traditionally been designed to such exacting conventions, the show will examine the technological, production and formal developments which have enhanced the design process, whilst providing plenty of colourful interactivity for younger visitors – the latter group is, after all, who ‘Sit Down’ is aimed at.
That’s not to say that adult exhibition-goers won’t revel in this brightly coloured analysis of design development. Posing all-encompassing questions about the creative process and the purpose of design, ‘Sit Down’ is a show which very much belies its underage roots.