Centre Pompidou, The Childhood of design, Paris, 2024

Centre Pompidou, Paris

25 Apr - 12 Aug 2024

The Childhood of Design - A Century of Furniture for Children

The Écoletopie project is presented as part of the exhibition The Childhood of Design at the Centre Pompidou Paris, from to .

The exhibition explores the revival of design through the prism of furniture for kids.

“The history of 20th century design is run through with the creation of furniture for children. The greatest designers developed an interest in designing objects for children. Far from being a miniaturisation of furniture items for adults, furniture for children quickly acquired a real autonomy and developed its own specific character. This exhibition fits in with the heritage of the Centre for Industrial Creation, which organised exhibitions on childhood including 'The City & the Child' in 1977-1978 and 'Toys and Games' in 1979. Presenting a hundred-odd works, more than half of which were acquired thanks to the support of the Bonpoint brand, the exhibition explores the revival of design through the prism of these 'small objects', leading to new typologies of delightful aesthetic objects and amusing learning tools that pave the way to creativity.”


Écoletopie is a proposition for a classroom environment, featuring new pedagogical practices based on furniture-systems and tool-objects.

In this classroom, children can develop their biomechanical potential, become aware of the importance of their posture, the role of the collective and practice a form of aesthetic, sensitive interaction, without the aim of creating or producing. A time dedicated to experimentation, as a counterpoint to speed and digital abundance.

This proposition encourages the development of critical thinking by involving students in their environment, and cultivates the ability to concentrate and create meaning for the acquisition of the skills expected in the advanced cycle.

Écoletopie is not just a physical territory, a place for exploring new behaviors, it also opens the doors to shared cognitive spaces.