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Applied Design at MoMA

Applied Design at MoMA

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Applied Design installation at MoMA will showcase approximately 100 objects from the Museum's collection, from March 2, 2013, through January 31, 2014.

Endless Flow rocking chairRepresenting the new directions of contemporary design, the exhibition features outstanding examples of interface and interaction design, dynamic visualizations, products, furniture, 3D printed chairs and bowls, emergency equipment, and biodesign. A testament to this vitality and diversity, the objects on display range from a mine detonator by the young Dutch/Afghani designer Massoud Hassani to a bowl made by transforming desert sand into glass using only the energy of the sun. Also on display are the first 14 video games to enter MoMA's collection as part of ongoing research on interaction design.

In the past twenty years, design has branched out in new directions that have galvanized young practitioners, sparked business models, and attracted worldwide public attention. Mine Kafon for example, Massoud Hassani's dandelion-shaped mine detonator, is equipped with a GPS to record a safe path and designed to roll through mine fields. If the object, made from bamboo and biodegradable plastics, encounters a mine and detonates it, it will only partially destruct and can be salvaged and reassembled into a new specimen ready for deployment. Hassani grew up in the war-torn countryside of Afghanistan, where many of his friends were injured or killed by landmines. Hassani drew on this personal experience to design a universal and low-cost tool that can save many lives.

Solar sintered bowl

Markus Kayser's Solar-sintered bowl was made using desert sand and sun. The process of converting a powder into a solid by heating is known as sintering, and it is central in 3D printing, a process by which computer-controlled machines deposit or solidify liquid or powdered resin layer by layer, to create a three-dimensional rendering of a digital design. Kayser applied this technology, which is closely identified with computers, robotics, and resins, to natural resources. He tested his first manually operated solar 3D printing machine in 2011 in the Moroccan desert, using silica sand, which turns to glass after heating and cooling. He completed a bigger, fully automated, computer-driven version called SolarSinter later that year and tested it in the Sahara. The bowl in the exhibition was produced by the SolarSinter and will have an accompanying video that documents the process.

Wind Map, by Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas, is an online application that pulls information from the publicly available National Digital Forecast database, rendering a living portrait of the wind landscape over the United States. The Earthquake Proof Table by Ido Bruno and Arthur Brutter-Brutter's final project while a student in the Industrial Design program at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem-is inexpensive, lightweight, and can provide shelter and protection during earthquakes by absorbing the impact of falling debris.

The exhibition is organized by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, and Kate Carmody, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design.
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