Curatorial Curiosities: Museum of Arts and Design – Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design

There are so many amazing artists featured in this exhibition running October 11, 2011 – January 15, 2012. I loved seeing the handcrafted design that developed when most of the nation was focused on the machine age technological advances and mass production techniques. Below are a few favorites:

anni albers, sheep may safely graze

arthur smith, neckpiece

jack lenor larsen, bas relief

rude osolnik, turned bowl

stanley lechtzin, pendant 4c

ruth radakovich, cocktail ring

I’m strangely fascinated by that cocktail ring!

all images via Museum of Arts and Design

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Curatorial Curiosities: Museum of Modern Art Exhibition Plywood: Material, Process, Form

Let’s take a moment to appreciate the simple sinuous forms possible with plywood.

the classics…

yanagi butterfly stool

wegner shell chair

aalto tea trolley P900

eames lounge chair

eames elephant

modern pieces….

capellini pilot service table

poltrona frau arche stool

thonet 1010, a reinterpretation of marcel breuer's b9 nesting tables in wood

images via herman miller, hive modern, moma, thonet, poltrona frau, capellini

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Curatorial Curiosities: SF MOMA – Less and More the Design Ethos of Dieter Rams

Exhibition starts this weekend – August 27, 2011 February 20, 2012 – I must go to San Francisco!

Dieter Rams is an incredibly talented industrial designer who made his mark at the German household products manufacturer Braun and later Vitsoe. He’s an influencer of Apple’s head of design Jonny Ive and here’s why:

the Dieter Rams - Jonny Ive connection

image via gigaom

Ten Principles of Good Design according to Dieter Rams

Good design is innovative

The possibilities for innovation are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for innovative design. But innovative design always develops in tandem with innovative technology, and can never be an end in itself.

Good design makes a product useful

A product is bought to be used. It has to satisfy certain criteria, not only functional, but also psychological and aesthetic. Good design emphasizes the usefulness of a product whilst disregarding anything that could possibly detract from it.

Good design is aesthetic

The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products we use every day affect our person and our well-being. But only well-executed objects can be beautiful.


Good design makes a product understandable

It clarifies the product’s structure. Better still, it can make the product talk. At best, it is self-explanatory.

Good design is unobtrusive

Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user’s self-expression.

Good design is honest

It does not make a product more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept.

Good design is long lasting

It avoids being fashionable and therefore never appears antiquated. Unlike fashionable design, it lasts many years – even in today’s throwaway society.

Good design is thorough down to the last detail

Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the consumer.

Good design is environmentally friendly

Design makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimizes physical and visual pollution throughout the lifecycle of the product.

Good design is as little design as possible

Less, but better – because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials.

Back to purity, back to simplicity.

images and content via vitsoe

Wow. Sounds good to me.

Learn more about Deiter Rams here.

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Curatorial Curiosities: Dia Beacon – Blinky Palermo a Retrospective

On display June 25, 2011 – October 31, 2011

One of the best day trips out of NYC is a visit to Dia: Beacon. The museum is housed in a sprawling former printing factory on the edge of the Hudson. The light in the galleries and the amount of space given to each piece of art is key to the magic of this place. Never once have I felt crowded or rushed here.

I first saw Blinky Palermo’s work here and couldn’t get his name out of my head. According to the Dia Artist Bio, he appropriated from an American boxing manager and mafioso. Now you can check him out for yourself at least until the end of October…

images via Dia Art Foundation

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Curatorial Curiosities: Alexander McQueen

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

is not to be missed!

on view until August 7, 2011

Here are some highlights…

“You’ve got to know the rules to break them. That’s what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition.”

—Alexander McQueen

“People find my things sometimes aggressive. But I don’t see it as aggressive. I see it as romantic, dealing with a dark side of personality.”

—Alexander McQueen

“I have always loved the mechanics of nature and to a greater or lesser extent my work is always informed by that.”

—Alexander McQueen

enter his fantastical world of impeccable tailoring!

see more here

all images via The Metropolitan Museum of Art

noticed that yatzer also posted a tribute to McQueen take a look at more gorgeousness.


The line is long….like up to two hours long. And it’s totally worth the wait.

Here’s some tips to ease the pain…

1. Bring friends, a book or music

2. If you are a member of the Met, you go to the front of the line.

3. Get there early (8:30am to line up, museum opens at 9:30) or late. I went on Sunday around 10am and the line was long, but it was much shorter at 2pm. If you opt for late, just be sure to leave yourself enough time to actually see the exhibit!

4. Sign up for an appointment to view the exhibition on Monday when the rest of the museum is closed ($50)

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