The latest design show at MoMA looks at the question “How should we live?” through the museum’s own incredible collection of modernist design objects. Through a series of room sets, the exhibition recreates a number of domestic interiors from the 1920s through to the 1950s. Many of these are now famed partnerships between the likes of Aino and Alvar Aalto, Ray and Charles Eames, Florence Knoll and Herbert Matter, and Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier. Its absolutely amazing how much of the show’s objects and environments look as fresh and relevant today as they did when they were originally designed.
Highlights include less often seen designs by female architect-designers like Eileen Gray and Perriand. But the real showstopper is a recreation of Lilly Reich’s 1927 Velvet-Silk Café from the Die Mode der Dame (Women’s fashion) exhibition in Weimar-era Berlin. Together with Knoll, MoMA is hosting a real café in the space where visitors can enjoy a pour-over coffee throughout the run of the show.
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