The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) is a museum which houses modern art, architectural displays and industrial design. We frequently think of museums as showcases for fine art such as paintings or sculptures, but the MoMA highlights industrial and product designs like the Trimline Telephone by Donald Genaro and Henry Dreyfuss; the Olivetti portable typewriter by Mario Bellini; the Studabaker V8 Starliner Coupe designed by Raymond Loewy; and the Paimio bentwood plywood chair by Alvar Alto.
Other museums that showcase industrial design are the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, right by Hyde Park. Each tea kettle, cup or vase has been selected for its outstanding design. These products are sometimes displayed in Plexiglas cases and lit like works of art. But having been to Rome, if you want to be surrounded by things perfectly designed, just move to Italy. Look left, masterpiece, and then look right, masterpiece.
Good things to know:
Not all vases in MoMA stores are in the permanent collection but some vases are by designers that have exhibited internationally.
Some vases in MoMA store are singled out for "Innovative Function" or responding to users’ needs