Five for Friday, written by a variety of MoMA staff members, is our attempt to spotlight some of the compelling, charming, and downright curious works in the Museum’s rich collection.
Posts by Bonnie Mackay
A modern day Silk Road of sorts, the MoMA Design Store’s Destination: Design series will celebrate its 10th exploration this year with a product collection highlighting the best in contemporary Mexican design.
In 1992 the MoMA Design Store introduced a new umbrella to its product mix. The umbrella’s exterior gave away nothing more than a simple black canopy with a classic wooden handle. Once opened, however, a cheerful blue sky dotted with fluffy white clouds was revealed, causing delight on even the rainiest of days.
The final post in our series on architect collaborations focuses on a duo familiar with inter-disciplinary work, but new to commercial product design.
Architect’s Cubes. John Bennett and Gustavo Bonevardi. 2010
Today, we continue an exploration of architects who have been asked to adapt their structural design concepts for small, home products available at the MoMA Design Store.
In 1932, MoMA established the world’s first curatorial department devoted to architecture and design. Since then, the MoMA Design Store has collaborated with a number of established and emerging architects, inviting them to develop thoughtful, engaging home products that encourage exploration of the discipline’s key themes including structure, spatial organization, and materials.
We recently travelled through Lisbon, Porto, and beyond to find products for our eighth Destination: Design collection, which introduces designers and design themes from around the world. This year’s collection—Destination: Portugal—highlights lifestyle products usually found only in Portugal, and the selection process was an exciting journey for us. We had a number of partners for the project, including Ministry of Culture, Portugal; TemaHome; Turismo de Portugal; aicep Portugal Global; and Fundação de Serralves, who helped introduce us to Portuguese designers, artisans, and manufacturers creating everything from umbrellas and filigree jewelry to furniture, teapots, weather predictors, and notebooks.
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