11-2 | Childhood by Design

Book Review

Childhood by Design

Megan Brandow-Faller
New York, NY: Bloomsbury. 2018. List of figures, notes, acknowledgments, introduction, and index. 332 pp. $107.99 paper. ISBN: 9781501332043

by Frederika Eilers

First Paragraph:

Following a symposium at Bard Graduate Center in September 2015, Megan Brandow-Faller compiled this three-part volume that follows, in fourteen chapters, the themes of commodity culture, aesthetic reform, and political indoctrination in children’s material culture since the eighteenth century. The introduction discusses the cover image, Peter Opsvik’s Tripp Trapp highchair, but the book, in fact, highlights toys, not furniture. In general, it addresses the agency of children through a variety of archival evidence, including financial ledgers, commercial paper models, diaries, unpublished books, memoirs, and magazines.