Industrial Design

Mondo Materialis


A creative exploration of materials. More than 125 designers and architects were invited to create three-foot-square collages using materials considered essential to each contributors' design practice.
materials, collages, Industrial Design, Architecture, Steelcase, traveling exhibitions

Mechanical Brides: Women and Machines from Home to Office


This exhibition takes a critical look at the household and office objects marketed to and used by women, including telephones, typewriters, desks, washing machines, vacuums, and irons are displayed. Oral histories, advertisements, photographs, and film stills contribute to the narrative.
women, housewares, Industrial Design, product design, consumerism, advertising, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35350043

Collecting A to Z: Recent Acquisitions


An alphabetically-arranged exhibition of recent acquisitions. "A is for Architecture" features three studies by architect Aldo Rossi for Euro Disney. "H is for Humor" includes industrial designer Constantin Boym’s Mona Lisa clock. “U is for Universal Design” showcases kitchen tools designed by the New York firm, Smart Design. 
recent acquisitions, permanent collection, textiles, Industrial Design, product design, Architecture, furniture, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35349787

Good Offices and Beyond: The Evolution of the Workplace


An exhibition of historical and contemporary office equipment is devoted to the objects designed to help communicate ideas, organize time, and record information, from the manual typewriter to the modern personal digital assistant.
Industrial Design, product design, office design, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35350071

Packaging the New: Design and the American Consumer, 1925-1975


More than 200 objects including drawings, products, packaging, and advertising trace the history of "the new.” Works by industrial designers Donald Deskey, Walter Dorwin Teague, Raymond Loewy, and Henry Dreyfuss are on display, as well as a recreation of a 1928 Saks Fifth Avenue window, a 1950s supermarket, and a 1960s Formica kitchen. A “Hall of Obsolescence” features a series of toasters that consumers purchased and re-purchased annually, despite only minor, superficial style "improvements."  
20th century, Industrial Design, housewares, Donald Deskey, Walter Dorwin Teague, Raymond Loewy, Henry Dreyfuss, consumerism, product design, exhibitions, packaging, advertising, ch:exhibition=35349859

Design for Life: A Centennial Celebration


This exhibition features works designed for daily life, and is comprised of selections from the Museum's permanent collection, chosen by the graphic designer, Stephen Doyle, and the architect, Leslie Gail. The diverse objects include an Eames chair, a red and white Soviet chess set, and a toothbrush. 
Architecture, Industrial Design, textiles, wallpaper, drawings, furniture, jewelry, Stephen Doyle, Leslie Gail, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35350279

Do-it-Yourself Architecture for the Great Outdoors


Ten commercially-available tents are on display, featuring space-age materials combined with modern techniques and technologies.
tents, Industrial Design, Architecture, portable, shelter, exhibitions

Henry Dreyfuss Directing Design: The Industrial Designer and His Work, 1929 - 1972


This retrospective of industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss features drawings, models, prototypes, and finished products. His designs include well-known classics such as the standard desk-style rotary telephone, the "Big Ben" alarm clock, the Polaroid Automatic 100 camera, and the Honeywell round thermostat. Dreyfuss was also responsible for the New York Central Railroad's streamlined "Mercury" train, ergonomic John Deere tractors, washing machines for Sears, and theatrical sets for plays such as The Last Mile. 
Henry Dreyfuss, Industrial Design, 20th century, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35350863

Under the Sun: An Outdoor Exhibition of Light


Follow the successful efforts to harness the sun’s power for home and industry, beginning in 1830 with the work of Edmund Becquerel, who discovered that photovoltaic cells had the power to convert sunlight to electricity. Objects include a tent covered in thin-film photovoltaic panels, a solar-powered decorative fountain, a solar cooker, a prototype for a solar-powered laptop, and a sundial with twelve chairs, each of which provides enough light to read by at night.  Organized by Lucy Fellowes. Sponsored by BP Solar and the United States Department of Energy. 
sustainable design, solar power, environmentally-friendly, Installations, Architecture, Industrial Design, exhibitions

Unlimited By Design


On display are 150 examples of “universal design,” appropriate for people of all ages, ability and mobility. The exhibition is divided into rooms that reflect the routines of daily life: kitchen, bathroom, home office, living room, and playground. Curated by Bruce Hannah, an internationally-recognized industrial designer, and George Covington, a universal design advocate.
Industrial Design, universal design, exhibitions

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