Monday, October 31, 2016

How Should We Live: A New Exhibition Of Modernist Design 1925-1950 at MoMA

As modernist design becomes canonized, spurred by the recent enthusiasm for midcentury furniture, it’s easy to forget that an aesthetic we now take for granted was, in fact, a product of radical experimentation guided by political and philosophical thinking as much as by artistic vision.
An appropriately spare new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York called How Should We Live? puts that thinking on display, with original pieces by Charles and Ray Eames, as well as ones by figures known more for their architecture, like Le Corbusier.

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Experimental Lounge Chair, Charles and Ray Eames, 1944

Prototype for "La Chaise", Charles and Ray Eames, 1948