What was Good Design?

MoMA’s Message 1944-56

MoMA’s Message 1944-56 presents over 100 selections from the Museum’s collection—ranging from domestic furnishings and appliances, to textiles, sporting goods, and graphics—to illuminate the primary values of Good Design as promoted by MoMA within an international debate conducted by museums, design councils, and department stores.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA in New York, United States.
From Wednesday 06 May 2009 to Friday 30 July 2010

Full Scale Model of Chaise Longue (La Chaise). 1948. image

Published by MOMA on Wednesday 27 May 2009.
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At mid-century, The Museum of Modern Art played a leading role in the definition and dissemination of ‘Good Design,’ a concept that started taking shape in the 1930s and emerged with new relevance and currency in America and Europe in the decades following World War II. What was Good Design?

Iconic pieces by designers including Marcel Breuer, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, and Hans Wegner are shown alongside more unexpected items such as a hunting bow and a plumb bob, as well as everyday objects including an iron, a hamper, a rake, a cheese slicer, and Tupperware. The exhibition is organized by Juliet Kinchin, Curator, and Aidan O’Connor, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art. It will be on view in The Philip Johnson Architecture and Design Galleries on the third floor from May 6 to November 30, 2009.

The Philip Johnson Architecture and Design Galleries, third floor