Selected Highlights

  • Music Stand

    Wharton Esherick (American, 1887–1970)

    Date: 1962, design date 1951
    Accession Number: 1979.320

  • "Djinn" Chaise Longue

    Olivier Mourgue (French, born Paris, 1939)

    Date: designed 1965, manufactured ca. 1986
    Accession Number: 1989.64

  • "I Sassi" ("The Rocks") Seating

    Piero Gilardi (Italian, born 1942)

    Date: 1967–68
    Accession Number: 1987.6.2a-c

  • "Tube" Chair

    Joe Colombo (Italian, Milan 1930–1971 Milan)

    Date: 1969–70
    Accession Number: 1987.98.1a-d

  • Serving dish

    Henning Koppel (Danish, 1918–1981)

    Date: 1960
    Accession Number: 61.7.11ab

  • "Kanttarelli" Vase (Model No. 3280)

    Tapio Wirkkala (Finnish, Hanko 1915–1985 Esbo)

    Date: designed 1947, manufactured ca. 1950
    Accession Number: 56.31.1

A Century of Design, Part III


November 28, 2000–May 27, 2001

This is the third in a four-part series of exhibitions surveying design in the twentieth century through the presentation of significant objects in all media drawn from the Museum's collection. The more than fifty works on view display the wide range of idioms and the artistic exploration of new materials, technologies, and aesthetics that characterized design from the postwar years to the postmodern era. The exhibition follows the continuation of organic modernism in America and Scandinavia, the rise of the studio craft movement, the resurgence of Italian modernist design, and the influence of Op Art and other avant-garde movements on design and decoration. Included are works by such leading designers as Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Verner Panton, Hans Wegner, Wharton Esherick, Joe Colombo, Piero Fornasetti, Gio Ponti, Lella and Massimo Vignelli, and Richard Sapper.