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What Was Good Design? MOMA's Message 1944-56

Alexander the Great / <a href="http://<a href="">February 2008</a><br /><br /> 

<b>Leah King, Senior Production Coordinator:</b>When I first started at Dwell, I was fortunate enough to begin with Februar
Alexander the Great / February 2008 Leah King, Senior Production Coordinator:When I first started at Dwell, I was fortunate enough to begin with February 2008 redesign issue. The first story that drew me in was "Alexander the Great" about Alexander Girard for the Archive section. I had always been a fan of this bold images and textiles. In my role here at Dwell, I get to see all of the images as they come across my desk and, over the course of time, develop into the final shipment of editorial pages. Holding the images of such an iconic designer was the moment that I realized the beauty and privilege I had to be assisting with the production of Dwell. Image at left: Circles Fabric, c.1952, by Alexander Girard
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At mid-century, The Museum of Modern Art played a leading role in the definition and dissemination of ‘Good Design,’ a concept that started taking shape in the 1930s and emerged with new relevance and currency in America and Europe in the decades following World War II. What Was Good Design? MoMA’s Message 1944-56 presents over 100 selections from the Museum’s collection—ranging from domestic furnishings and appliances, to textiles, sporting goods, and graphics—to illuminate the primary values of Good Design as promoted by MoMA within an international debate conducted by museums, design councils, and department stores. Iconic pieces by designers including Marcel Breuer, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, and Hans Wegner are shown alongside more unexpected items such as a hunting bow and a plumb bob, as well as everyday objects including an iron, a hamper, a rake, a cheese slicer, and Tupperware.

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