Objects of Design: Designs from the Museum of Modern Art

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This is the first volume to feature a selection of outstanding objects from the world-famous design collection of The Museum of Modern Art in over forty-five years. Objects of Design offers a brilliant array of the most prized industrial and domestic artifacts by the finest designers of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, from such early modern masters as Hector Guimard, Josef Hoffmann, Gerrit Rietveld, Frank Lloyd Wright, and influential mid-century masters Marcel Breuer, Eileen Gray, Charles and Ray ...
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Overview

This is the first volume to feature a selection of outstanding objects from the world-famous design collection of The Museum of Modern Art in over forty-five years. Objects of Design offers a brilliant array of the most prized industrial and domestic artifacts by the finest designers of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, from such early modern masters as Hector Guimard, Josef Hoffmann, Gerrit Rietveld, Frank Lloyd Wright, and influential mid-century masters Marcel Breuer, Eileen Gray, Charles and Ray Eames, Ettore Sottsass, and Joe Colombo, to such contemporary practitioners as Ron Arad, Ingo Maurer, and Hella Jongerius. The selection represents a full range of turn-of-the-century designs of the Vienna Secession, Art Nouveau, and the Arts and Crafts movement; masterpieces of the Bauhaus and the Dutch de Stijl movement; the rise of American design from the middle to late twentieth century; the Italian design revolution of the 1960s; and an international group of contemporary objects in familiar genres that use new materials and manufacturing methods.

The book's 341 color plates, arranged in nine thematic sections, reveal the huge variety of aesthetic and conceptual viewpoints in design since the late nineteenth century and together trace the historical development of modern design as well as that of the Museum's celebrated design collection. The volume's authoritative texts include a preface by Terence Riley, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum, and an introductory essay by Curator Paola Antonelli. The lavish plate section is enriched by numerous brief texts by these and other curators in the Architecture and Design department, which illuminate the entire course of modern design, its major styles, and its individual masterpieces. Objects of Design is the second in a series of three volumes on the holdings of the department, the first of which, Envisioning Architecture, surveys the Museum's extraordinary architecture drawings.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780870706967
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.58 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Preface 7
Acknowledgments 9
Objects of Design 10
Plates 23
1 Turning Points 24
2 Machine Art 46
3 A Modern Ideal 70
4 Useful Objects 94
5 Modern Nature 122
6 Mind over Matter 150
7 Good Design 186
8 Good Design for Industry 218
9 The Object Transformed 248
Photograph Credits 283
Index 285
Trustees of The Museum of Modern Art 288
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