We use them on an daily basis and just because they perform their functions so well we pay them little attention. At the same time the plaster, the paperclip, the teabag, the ice cream cone or the Post-it note could be counted among the masterpieces of modern and contemporary design.
Drawing from the objects in its collection, MoMA pays homage to ‘anonymous’ design with around 120 inventions that have transformed our lives, making them easier, safer and more comfortable. Curated by Paola Antonelli, the exhibition begins with some of the first purchases that went to make up the collection – for example a compass and a spring that have been part of the archives since 1934. What is more, the museum invites visitors to nominate the everyday objects that they themselves consider to be real masterpieces. E.S.
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