MoMA: Applied Design

Design saturates every facet of our lives. As the new MoMA exhibition states: design is a fundamental tool in helping people respond to change. Applied Design, running from March 2nd to January 31st, focuses on the various means and methods by which we design and the product of those varied paths that lead to innovation.

Tōru Iwatani (Japanese, born 1955) of NAMCO LIMITED, now NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. Pac-Man. 1980. Gift of NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. Image courtesy of NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.

People design within every realm of culture "from science and education to politics and policy-making".  The works presented in the exhibition are from MoMA's collection and show the diversity of design and the technologies that encourage it.  From early video games like Pac-Man to a mine detonator, Applied Design looks at design as a source of entertainment and life-saving measures.

Markus Kayser (German, born 1983) Solar-sintered bowl. 2011. Fused sand 3 1/2 x diam. 6″ (8.9 x 15.2 cm) Gift of the designer Photo courtesy of the designer

Applied Design reveals the variety of directions that design can take and their innovative results:

Representing the new directions of contemporary design, the exhibition features outstanding examples of interface and interaction design, dynamic visualizations, products, furniture, 3D printed chairs and bowls, emergency equipment, and biodesign. A testament to this vitality and diversity, the objects on display range from a mine detonator by the young Dutch/Afghani designer Massoud Hassani to a bowl made by transforming desert sand into glass using only the energy of the sun. Also on display are the first 14 video games to enter MoMA’s collection as part of ongoing research on interaction design. The exhibition is organized by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, and Kate Carmody, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, and is on view from March 2, 2013 until January 31, 2014.

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Cite: "MoMA: Applied Design" 24 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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