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The Value of Good Design

Museum of Modern Art, New York

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From the late 1930s to the ’50s, the Museum of Modern Art pioneered the development of the concept of ‘Good Design’, with initiatives including competitions and exhibitions that promoted new affordable and well-designed products. This survey presents an international range of objects whose design embraces these principles, from the recognisable – such as the Eames chair and a Fiat Cinquecento automobile – to the less familiar. Find out more from MoMA’s website.

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Prototype for Chaise Longue (La Chaise) (1948), Charles Eames and Ray Eames

Prototype for Chaise Longue (La Chaise) (1948), Charles Eames and Ray Eames. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar © The Museum of Modern Art

Ovals textile (c. 1951–55), Joel Robinson

Ovals textile (c. 1951–55), Joel Robinson. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar © The Museum of Modern Art

Kitchen Clock (1956–57), Max Bill

Kitchen clock (1956–57), Max Bill. Photo: Thomas Griesel © The Museum of Modern Art

L.M. Ericsson Telephone Company (1876), Hugo Blomberg

Ericofon telephone (1949–54), designed by Hugo Blomberg, Ralph Lysell and Hans Gösta Thames for L.M. Ericsson Telephone Company. Photo: The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Mitsubishi Sewing Machine (c. 1950s), Hiroshi Ohchi

Mitsubishi Sewing Machine (c. 1950s), Hiroshi Ohchi Photo: © 2017 Hiroshi Ohchi