Left to right, a prototype of the Dot Watch with touch sensors; Cotton candy dish made of 3D-printed sugar designed by Studio Rael Fratello; Curtain made from Bolon fibers by Studio Joseph for installation in upcoming exhibition The Senses: Design Beyond Vision. Scroll down for more information about the exhibition.
The Senses: Design Beyond Vision
Previously On View: Friday, April 13, 2018 to Sunday, October 28, 2018

Explore experimental works and practical solutions designed to inspire wonder and new ways of accessing our world. Wander through a scented snowstorm, play a furry instrument in a Tactile Orchestra, investigate the sonic properties of glass, and experience many more multisensory experiences from some of the world’s most creative thinkers, including Christopher Brosius, KunstLAB Arnhem, Studio Roos Meerman, Maya+Rouvelle, and ...

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Braun hair dryers, Cifra Flip Clock, and scientific pocket calculator. Some of the objects on view in Bob Greenberg Selects. Scroll down for information about the exhibition.
Bob Greenberg Selects
Previously On View: Friday, February 23, 2018 to Sunday, September 9, 2018

Bob Greenberg is the sixteenth guest curator of the Selects series, which invites designers, artists, writers, and cultural figures to explore and respond to the permanent collection. A 2003 National Design Award winner for Communication Design and founder of the international design innovation company R/GA, Greenberg has been a pioneer of the advertising and communications industry for four decades. To ...

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A photograph of several of the objects on display in the exhibition Access+Ability. Information about the exhibition is below this photograph.
Access+Ability
Previously On View: Friday, December 15, 2017 to Monday, September 3, 2018

There has been a surge of design with and by people with a wide range of physical, cognitive, and sensory abilities. Fueled by advances in research, technology, and fabrication, this proliferation of functional, life-enhancing products is creating unprecedented access in homes, schools, workplaces, and the world at large. Access+Ability features over 70 innovative designs developed in the last decade. From ...

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installation view of Karasz exhibition
Ilonka Karasz
Previously On View: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 to Sunday, April 22, 2018

Ilonka Karasz (American, b. Hungary, 1896–1981) is an important yet overlooked figure in 20th-century design. During her long and prolific career, she worked in a wide variety of media, producing designs for wallcoverings, textiles, carpets, lighting, ceramics, metalwork, toys, and furniture. She is perhaps most well known for her popular cover illustrations for the New...

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Objects installed in cases for the exhibition The Virtue of Vice. Read below for information about planning a visit to the museum.
The Virtue in Vice
Previously On View: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 to Sunday, April 15, 2018

Master craftsmanship, luxurious materials, and sensuous forms are highlighted in an exhibition of objects designed to amplify the pleasure of their use. Design disguises what we wish to remain private, tempts us with luxuries large and small, feeds sensuous appetites, and—should we envy someone else’s possessions—eases our discontent with clever imitations. Pride, greed, lust, envy,...

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Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection
Previously On View: Friday, November 17, 2017 to Monday, May 28, 2018

Featuring nearly 150 brooches, necklaces, bracelets, and rings created by seminal designers from Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America, Jewelry of Ideas illuminates the radical conceptual and material developments in jewelry design that have transformed the field. Beginning with mid-20th-century American and European pioneers who pushed the boundaries of form and material, the exhibition traces the evolution of jewelry up ...

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Installation view of Japonism.
Passion for the exotic: Japonism
Previously On View: Saturday, September 9, 2017 to Sunday, July 22, 2018

Passion for the Exotic: Japonism explores the newfound influence of Japan on Western design in the late 19th century. A closed society until 1854, Japan ended its self-imposed isolation after American Commodore Matthew C. Perry led a fleet of armed steamships into Japanese ports and secured a trade treaty. Subsequently, Japanese exports such as metalwork, ivories,...

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Installation view of Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age
Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age
Previously On View: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 to Monday, January 15, 2018

The first U.S. major exhibition of the Dutch designer Joris Laarman and his multidisciplinary team, known for their pioneering and elegant applications of digital technologies. Working at the intersection of design, art, and science, Joris Laarman Lab is abolishing traditional distinctions between the natural and machine made, the decorative and functional to produce design of flawless beauty and technical ingenuity.

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Installation view of Moustiers Ceramics exhibition
Moustiers Ceramics: Gifts from the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Collection
Previously On View: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 to Monday, May 27, 2019

Moustiers Ceramics: Gifts from the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Collection highlights the decorative and broad impact of innovative patterning and variety of forms produced in tin-glazed earthenware in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, France during the 18th century. When King Louis XIV issued a series of edicts requiring French nobility to melt their silver table services to fund French war...

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