Game On! 8 Designs for the Modernist at Play
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Whether you're on your way to the beach, the park, or just the back patio, we've got a few handy items to take along for the ride.
Turn off the TV. Put the kettle on. Grab a good book, wrap yourself in a warm blanket, dim the overhead and illuminate the room with these birch wood Totems. The MoMA Store exclusive set was designed by Eric Janssen from his New York studio, and while each unique piece holds a tea light, they'll look just as nice when displayed unlit.
Furnished with Bauhaus chairs, tables, couches, and other furniture, this temporary lounge at MoMA accompanies the soon-to-close exhibition Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity. There's a wide selection of books and catalogues to peruse, as well as screenings of documentary films that trace the history and development of the school, including Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet (1927) and the film of the reconstructions of Schlemmer's Bauhaus Dances of the 1920s (1982/84).
Added bonus: On Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., visitors can play chess on a set designed by Bauhaus sculptor Joseph Hartwig.
- If you can't get enough of design history's classics, then you're in luck: MoMA just added re-issues of six iconic pieces from their permanent collection to their store.
It turns out you can take it with you. Pack up Pongo for impromptu paddle challenges.
- From Flintstone-esque water jugs to pastel tea sets, these designers took a modern twist to a timeless material.
- Last month I traveled to Basel, Switzerland, a European city first founded during the Roman Empire and still boasting beautiful buildings constructed more than 1,000 years agos.
Cork and ceramics figure prominently in the MoMA Design Store's new collection called "Destination Portugal," and designer Raquel Castro pulls the two materials together to make a beautifully simple serving set. Whistler includes the creamer and sugar, teapot, and two cups, all of which are sold separately for easy mix and match depending on what you need.