Skin: Surface, Substance, and Design

On View: 
Tuesday, May 7, 2002 to Sunday, September 15, 2002
First Floor galleries

More than 150 objects—an international mix of products, fashion, furniture, architecture, and digital media—explore the role of "skin" as outer surface and structural form. Skin is the frontier of physical contact from person to person and from person to built environment. In contemporary design, surfaces have become active, flexible interfaces that connect and contain bodies, objects, and spaces.

The objects on view are used to reveal the countless ways skin has been imitated and re-imagined to wrap our world in seductive and often illusionary surfaces, such as a table that changes color when warmed by elbows or dishes, or a poncho that transforms into a tent. Petra Blaisse, Marcel Wanders, Karim Rashid, Ross Lovegrove, and Greg Lynn are among the designers represented in this exhibition.

Organized by Ellen Lupton, Curator of Contemporary Design.