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May 13, 2014  |  MoMA Stores
MoMA Design Store Presents Products Brought to Life by Kickstarter

KickstarterMoMA LockupIn honor of NYCxDESIGN—New York City’s official citywide celebration of design—MoMA Design Store is pleased to present a suite of products brought to life by Kickstarter.

Since Kickstarter launched five years ago, thousands of people on all seven continents (even Antarctica!) have used the platform to share their ideas, shape the world around us, and design the future.

The Kickstarter@MoMAStore collection includes 24 new products made by 20 international designers

The Kickstarter@MoMAStore collection includes 24 new products made by 20 international designers

By involving the public in the creative process, Kickstarter uses the power of community to help designers take great ideas from concept to reality. The collection includes 24 new products made by 20 international designers; from captivating timepieces to quirky wall hooks, illuminated sculptures to robots for kids, all of these designs were created by people like you, supported by people like you, and now exist for people like you to enjoy.

These extraordinary objects embody the qualities of Good Design ascribed by the Museum in their innovation of function, use of novel materials, and technological advancement.

The MoMA Design Store and Kickstarter honor these individuals and their designs as examples of how everyone is capable of making incredible things.

The Impossible Instant Lab transforms any digital image from your iPhone or iPod Touch into a real analog instant photo right before your eyes. Backed by 2,509 project supporters on Kickstarter

The Impossible Instant Lab. Backed by 2,509 project supporters on Kickstarter

The Impossible Project was founded on the conviction that analog things have value in a digital world. In 2008, the company purchased the world’s last remaining Polaroid film factory in The Netherlands with the goal of recasting an outdated production process for a new age, and their newest design, the Impossible Instant Lab, successfully bridges the old and new in a tangible way.

Juxtaposing classic analog developing techniques with contemporary digital technology, the Instant Lab transforms any digital image from your iPhone or iPod Touch into a real analog instant photo right before your eyes.

Designed to reduce energy waste and increase the longevity of devices, the Powerslayer Phone Charger Kit automatically stops charging once it detects that your device is completely powered up. Backed by 597 project supporters on Kickstarter

Powerslayer Phone Charger Kit. Backed by 597 project supporters on Kickstarter

Designed to reduce energy waste and increase the longevity of devices, the Powerslayer Phone Charger Kit automatically stops charging once it detects that your device is completely powered up. Backed by 597 project supporters on Kickstarter[/caption]
Even after they have fully charged, electronic devices continue to draw power; in fact, mobile phones and tablets can draw at least half as much power after they’re fully charged as they do while charging. In addition to jacking up electricity bills, the extra draw can actually decrease your phone battery’s ability to hold power and can ultimately decrease the life of your device. Designed to reduce energy waste and increase the longevity of devices, Powerslayer automatically stops charging once it detects that your device is completely powered up.

Toymail Mailmen™ allow grown-ups to stay connected with the kids they love through fun, Wi-Fi-enabled characters. Backed by 1,119 project supporters on Kickstarter

Toymail Mailmen™. Backed by 1,119 project supporters on Kickstarter

Perfect for traveling parents and grandparents, or relatives who live across the world, Toymail Mailmen™ allow grown-ups to stay connected with the kids they love through fun, Wi-Fi-enabled characters. This new breed of smart toy connects wirelessly to your home network to receive messages sent anytime, from anywhere in the world. Using the free app, adults can send children little messages and reminders throughout the day that can be delivered in their own voice or in the mailman’s silly voice.

NeoLucidia uses an optical trick to superimpose the scene in front of you onto a sheet of paper so that you can trace your subject with ease. Backed by 11,406 project supporters on Kickstarter

NeoLucida. Backed by 11,406 project supporters on Kickstarter

Years before the first photographic print, there was the camera lucida. Originally patented in 1807, this clever optical device by physicist Sir William Hyde Wollaston utilized a prism to project an image onto a piece of paper so it could be traced, a method that dramatically altered the way artists, naturalists, scientists, and architects created drawings from life. Created by two art professors, the NeoLucida is the first portable camera lucida drawing aid to be manufactured in decades. Bringing the favored tool of the Old Masters to a new generation of artists and art lovers, the NeoLucida uses an optical trick to superimpose the scene in front of you onto a sheet of paper so that you can trace your subject with ease.

Chineasy. Backed by 5,475 project supporters on Kickstarter

Chineasy. Backed by 5,475 project supporters on Kickstarter

Chinese is one of the oldest written languages, and with more than 20,000 unique characters, it’s also one of the most difficult to master. After struggling to teach her own children how to read Chinese, ShaoLan Hsueh teamed up with renowned illustrator Noma Bar to create Chineasy, a groundbreaking and fun approach to learning the language that transforms key Chinese characters into whimsical pictograms for easy recall and comprehension.

Projecteo. Backed by 2,789 project supporters on Kickstarter

Projecteo. Backed by 2,789 project supporters on Kickstarter

Capturing the warmth and nostalgia of viewing treasured memories through an old-fashioned slide carousel, Projecteo is a pocket-sized slide projector that transforms your Instagram pictures into personalized slideshows that can be shared with family and friends.

This special edition of Projecteo from the MoMA Design Store includes a photo wheel with iconic artwork from MoMA’s collection, views of the Museum, and stunning shots from the MoMA Design Store’s Instagram account. (Follow us at @MoMAstore!)

Join us on May 19 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. to celebrate this exciting launch at the MoMA Design Store, Soho! See these incredible products and many more in person and meet the designers who created them. Plus, enjoy innovative finger foods by Emilie Baltz, drinks by Finback Brewery and Brooklyn Oenology, music by DJ Jasmine Solano, and enter to win great prizes. Don’t forget to RSVP by e-mailing rsvp_momastore@moma.org!

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May 1, 2014  |  Artists, MoMA Stores
Now Available at the MoMA Stores: UNIQLO at MoMA Art-Inspired Accessories

UNIQLO has had a long and fruitful relationship with MoMA, and through UNIQLO Free Friday Nights has helped advance the Museum’s mission by making art and design accessible to everyone. To celebrate its continued support of MoMA, this spring UNIQLO unveiled UNIQLO at MoMA, an assortment of T-shirts, tote bags, bandanas, and socks that feature artwork by world-renowned artists, including Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Jackson Pollock, and Ryan McGinness. Read more

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March 26, 2014  |  Artists
Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun: “A Work of Art that Works in Life”
Artist Olafur Eliasson with his new design the Little Sun. Photo: Tomas Gislason

Artist Olafur Eliasson with his new design the Little Sun. Photo: Tomas Gislason

Since the early 1990s, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has used art to challenge how we experience and interact with the world. The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1′s 2008 exhibition Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson—the most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work to date—transformed MoMA’s galleries into hybrid spaces of nature and culture, prompting an intensive engagement with the world and offering a fresh consideration of everyday life.

Nature serves as a constant source of fascination for Eliasson, but light in particular is one of his favorite mediums and most effective tools. For the artist, light is not incidental: it is an instrument through which he communes with the public. For example, in Room for one color (1997), mono-frequency lights eliminate every wavelength except for yellow, and provoke an involuntary neurological response that intensifies the participants’ perception of detail and dimension. Conversely, 360° room for all colours (2002), utilizes a circular enclosure backlit by 750 lamps that change hue slowly, plunging the participant deep into the color spectrum, dissolving the line between reality and the imagination.

The Little Sun is featured on the cover of MoMA Design Store's spring catalog

The Little Sun is featured on the cover of MoMA Design Store’s spring catalog

Light acts as muse once again in his most recent piece, Little Sun, but this time the artist’s ambition is not merely to use art to alter our perception of the environment; it is to use art to affect social change on a global level.

“I have an obsession with light,” says Eliasson. “How light forms a space. How a space forms light. As a child I grew up in Iceland where there is no sunlight in the winter. It simply stays dark all day. Light became [something that] pulled people together. Light became a way of connecting to other people. Light is social. Light is life.”

The brainchild of Eliasson and solar engineer Frederik Ottesen, Little Sun is a solar-powered LED light described by the artist as a “work of art that works in life.” Nearly one quarter of the world’s population does not have access to electricity. When the sun sets, entire communities grind to a halt. Poverty reduction strategies are difficult to implement, as working hours are limited to daytime, medical care is dangerous to provide, and education levels drop since children cannot study after sunset.

Kerosene lanterns are a common off-grid solution to these issues, yet an evening of breathing in a kerosene lamp’s toxic emissions is equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes. As they spend more hours in the home, women and children suffer disproportionately from breathing-related problems, burns, and fires caused by kerosene-powered lanterns and candles. And while polluting homes on a local level, kerosene also impacts the environment on a global scale, releasing 190 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere per year.

Little Sun in use for reading. Photo: Michael Tsegaye

Little Sun in use for reading. Photo: Michael Tsegaye

In addition to being healthier and more eco-friendly than kerosene, Little Sun is also more affordable. The cost of one Little Sun lamp (which lasts approximately three years) is equivalent to the cost of three to six months of kerosene-fueled light. The Little Sun may be small, but like its namesake, it is extremely powerful. A five-hour charge produces up to three hours of bright light, and up to 10 hours of lower light.

“It’s for cooking, eating, reading, learning, but it’s also for earning,” says Eliasson. “The distribution part of this project is also powerful. If [local merchants] make a few bucks selling it there’s something there that I consider a work of art as well. The microeconomic infrastructure that needs to take this to the end user is also part of the Little Sun vision.”

Since its 2012 launch at the Tate Modern, Little Sun has not only received official certification from Lighting Africa—a joint IFC and World Bank program—but, to date, 126,402 lamps have been distributed worldwide; one in three going to areas without electricity. The lamp currently has distribution in seven African countries, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, as well as in the United States, the European Union, Canada, Australia, and Japan.

Little Sun window graphics for the MoMA Design Store

Little Sun window graphics for the MoMA Design Store

MoMA and the MoMA Design Store are proud to support this brilliant initiative, and through April our store windows will be dedicated to the Little Sun project, with the goal of bringing these pressing social issues to light and empowering the public through art and design. Every purchase makes it possible for the Little Sun to be sold in off-grid communities at locally affordable prices. To Eliasson, one part of the artwork is the lamp and the activities it enables. The other is the successful distribution of the Little Sun in off-grid communities, and its journey from production to usage.

“I need you to power this project” says Eliasson. “Holding power in your hands is very liberating. It makes you feel resourceful, connected—whether you’re a child or adult, on-grid or off-grid. This is something we all share. In everyday life, it is important that we critically engage in global initiatives and local contexts. Our actions have consequences for the world. Little Sun is a wedge that opens up the urgent discussion about bringing sustainable energy to all from the perspective of art.”

Little Sun windows, now on view at the MoMA Stores. Photo Joshua Casey

Little Sun windows, now on view at the MoMA Stores. Photo: Joshua Casey

Visit any of the MoMA Stores to see the windows, learn more about the project, and to purchase your own Little Sun. Or, if you don’t live in NYC, the Little Sun is also available at MoMAstore.org.

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February 21, 2014  |  Artists, MoMA Stores
The MoMA Stores Debut Designs by Contemporary Artists
The MoMA Design Store windows at West 53rd Street, featuring TK. Photo: Scott Rudd

The MoMA Design Store windows at West 53rd Street, featuring plates by contemporary artists. Photo: Scott Rudd

In the second installment of Inside/Out’s spotlight on our new series of artist-produced housewares, the MoMA Design Store is excited to debut a suite of candles and Limoges porcelain collectible trays and plates with Ligne Blanche Paris. The collaboration was spearheaded by The MoMA Design Store’s Director of Merchandising Emmanuel Plat and Ligne Blanche Paris Founder Pierre Pelegry, and launched last week at the MoMA Stores.

“Both the MoMa Design Store and Ligne Blanche Paris have a similar goal: to pique the public’s interest in the work of contemporary artists through design. Since expanding the work of artists to high-quality domestic products has become a focus for the MoMA Design Store, the collaboration was a natural fit,” says Plat.

As eclectic as the artists featured, the suite provides a unique survey of disparate artistic voices and methods of creation over the last four decades.

Robert Longo. American Flag tray

American Flag tray by Robert Longo

Robert Longo’s adroit use of chiaroscuro modeling with charcoal heightens the impact of his subject matter, and gives his pieces—from his blackened American flags to his figure and animal studies—gravitas and a timeless quality.

Alex Katz. Jessica dessert plate (left); Sarah Mearns dessert plate (right). 2013

Jessica (left) and Sara Mearns (right) plates by Alex Katz

Alex Katz is recognized as a hugely influential precursor to the Pop art movement and one of the most respected American artists working today. Katz’s portraits and figure studies are characterized by their flatness of form, restrained lines, and aloof subjects.

A bricoleur of everyday objects, Tom Sachs distills the spirit of the modern era and our relationship to consumerism in his flashy reproductions of commodities.

Tom Sachs. Top Mug (left); Jack Pierson. Golden Age. 2010 (right)

Top Mug plate (left) by Tom Sachs; Golden Years plate (right) by Jack Pierson

Drawn to celebrity, melodrama, and erotic narrative, Jack Pierson produces works that are infused with literal and visual references to unrequited love, desire, faded stardom, and sentimental musings. Pierson’s typographic Golden Years (2010) relies heavily on the visual poetics of typography and can be interpreted as wistful homage to the halcyon years of one’s life.

Gilbert & George. Light Headed. 1991 (left); Flight (right)

Light Headed plate (left) and Flight plate (right) by Gilbert & George

From across the pond comes a quartet of plates by British art renegades Gilbert & George, whose prolific career has spanned almost five decades. The dynamic duo juxtapose their look-alike, robotic visages with a hyper-saturated potpourri of images—from anonymous pastoral landscapes to shots of London’s gritty inner-city—to confront the viewer and completely immerse him or her in the visual experience.

The line also includes work by three renowned artists whose prolific and highly influential careers were tragically cut short: Robert Mapplethorpe, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Keith Haring. Though contemporaries during the 1980s, their respective bodies of work encompass distinct experiences that are radically different in tone, character, and execution.

Robert Mapplethorpe. Calla Lily (left); Wrestler (right)

Calla Lily (left) and Wrestler (right) plates by Robert Mapplethorpe

Jean-Michel Basquiat. All Colored Cast 1 (right); Horn Players (left)

All Colored Cast 1 (left) and Horn Players (right) plates by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Keith Haring. Untitled 1 (left);  Untitled 2 (right)

Plates by Keith Haring featuring two untitled works

Ligne Blanche Paris worked closely with the estates of these artists to create products that capture the spirit of those they represent.

“Every product is devised in perfect knowledge of, and with a scrupulous respect for, the works of the artists with whom we work,” says Pelegry.

The MoMA Design Store will carry a limited number of these artist edition plates at two store locations: on West 53rd Street across from the Museum, and in SoHo at 81 Spring Street.

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February 12, 2014  |  Artists, Behind the Scenes, MoMA Stores
Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari Bring Toiletpaper to the Table
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A scene from MoMA Design Store’s spring catalog cover shoot featuring Seletti Wears Toiletpaper, a suite of dishes, mugs, and tablecloths created by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari for Seletti

This season the MoMA Design Store is pleased to announce the launch of an exclusive new series of artist-produced wares. To celebrate these artistic collaborations we’re going share with Inside/Out readers a behind-the-scenes look at the process of designing these exciting products, and background about the artists involved. Read more

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December 2, 2013  |  MoMA Stores
Celebrate the Season with the MoMA Design Store

The holidays are upon us, and the MoMA Design Store is ready to help you celebrate with a wide selection of unique gifts that are sure to bring joy to everyone on your list. Just as the Museum continues to promote the values of good design through its awe-inspiring exhibitions, the MoMA Design Store strives to bring work that exudes quality, creativity, and innovation to everyday living. Read more