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"Value of Good Design" at MoMA

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The Museum of Modern Art is home to some of the most interesting, fascinating, and unique exhibits in the country. This year, the “Value of Good Design” exhibit delivers a must-see gallery for design enthusiasts living in the Manhattan apartments for rent.

If you’re curious about the curiosities on display, then this guide contains everything you need to know about the event. From dates and times to pieces on display, here’s what you can look forward to at the MoMA.

Exhibit Times

The “Value of Good Design” exhibit runs from February 10th to June 15th this year. There are several smaller events taking place within this timeframe that revolve around the exhibit, too.

The first is a gallery session titled “Let’s Talk About Good Design,” which takes place on March 14th at 11:30 a.m. as well as March 24th at 1:30 p.m. Led by Maya Jeffereis, this event combines lively conversation with engaging activities that allow visitors to interact with the MoMA exhibit.

The second event is a member gallery talk on May 1st at 12:30 p.m. All members can stop in for a free lecture centering around the design qualities featured in the exhibit. A second gallery session titled “Thinking About Good Design” takes place on March 19th at 1:30 p.m.

Finally, hearing impaired visitors can attend a gallery experience called “Interpreting MoMA: The Value of Good Design,” free of charge. This is a language-interpreted private gallery talk on the special exhibit, which is part of the MoMA’s bimonthly program for deaf adults. This event takes place on March 9th at 5:30 p.m.

Outside of these special events, MoMA is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day of the week. Friday hours are extended until 8:00 p.m. Members are offered early access starting at 9:30 a.m. daily. Pricing is as follows:

  • Adults - $25
  • Seniors - $18
  • Students - $14
  • Children under 16 – Free
  • Free admission on Fridays from 4-8 p.m. during UNIQLO Free Fridays

The Exhibit

The Value of Good Design exhibit focuses on unique pieces that have earned their place as icons and innovators in the world of design. The majority of pieces are mid-century, pulled from the MoMA’s holdings. You might recognize products or brands like Dieter Rams electronics and Eames furniture, but there are also a number of oddities on display you may never have seen.

Some of the most unique pieces push the boundaries of design to their limits, incorporating everything from plywood to fiber glass in somewhat otherworldly creations. The purpose behind this exhibit of yesteryear’s in-home marvels is to explore how art extends into daily life through the objects people own. Consumers are encouraged to focus on the quality of these objects, specifically addressing their industrial designs, functionality, and appeal.

Take the Werra, a camera developed in Soviet-era East Germany. While the age of film photographs is coming to a close, the quality design of this camera’s build is undeniable. It’s simplicity and compact body made it a popular option in its time, while the integrated controls were some of the most user friendly imaginable.

As you walk through the pieces on display, you’ll notice stark contrasts in design from various manufacturers around the globe. At the same time, you can find a number of similarities in construction from manufacturers in Brazil, Tokyo, and even right here in Manhattan.

This is an excellent chance to look at how these pieces shaped in-home design trends today. Some objects are so far out in left field that they’ve helped designers realize what doesn’t work, while others are so integral to consumer lifestyles that they are still in production today. It’s a unique experience, and one you won’t want to miss.

Featured Pieces

If you’re wondering what kind of objects you can expect to encounter at this exhibit, MoMA has unveiled 51 pieces on their website for you to view ahead of time. A 1957 Fiat city car, 1941 Chemex coffee maker, and a 1939 David Smith fireplace set are just a fraction of the items on this list. All of the objects in this collection come from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s from various locations around the globe.

Manhattan Apartments for Rent

Manhattan is in and of itself a design statement. From the towering skyscrapers in FiDi to the luxury homes on the Upper East Side, its constructions have shaped the face of cities across the globe. The Cole elevates these consumer designs with a contemporary take on luxury living.

Located in one of city’s most dynamic neighborhoods, residents have a wealth of city amenities all within a few blocks from their front door. Fine dining, premier shopping, and convenient commutes are a part of the package. These newly renovated apartments offer a home with envious design elements and in-building amenities that cater to every aspect of your life.

Stay active in the on-site fitness center, relax in the resident lounge and private courtyard, or mingle with other residents at the outdoor BBQ grill. Allow the 24/7 attended lobby to handle your online orders in the package room and tackle life’s little obligations with a full list of concierge services. Pet-friendly with on-site management and parking, life has never been easier.

Inside your home, you’ll find an array of modern finishes that create an envious living experience. Dual panel solid core doors with satin nickel handles open up to barnwood-style floors that lead to large, treated windows that allow for ample amounts of natural lighting. Spacious closets with custom shelving place your wardrobe on display, while private balconies offer breathtaking vies of the city.

Open kitchen layouts feature iced white quartz countertops and Bosch stainless steel appliances. Glass tile backsplash brushed nickel Moen fixtures are illuminated by under cabinet lighting. A contemporary vanity sits above a Caesarstone countertop with an undermount sink in the bathroom. At every twist and turn, residents find themselves encompassed in the epitome of today’s most luxurious designs.

Welcome to a new era of luxury living in Manhattan. Welcome to The Cole.