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October 14, 2012


MOMA‘s design and architecture shows have had a hard time during the recession. Drawing from the existing collection, not a lot of cutting edge has surfaced and the larger shows draw heavily from the design collection sometimes not to a successful end (case in point The Century of the Child has a garage sale look?)  But displayed, alter like, in the product design gallery is new work by Dunne and Raby, British innovators. Their project, Design for an Overpopulated Planet,Foragers is intriguing. Solutions manifested in cartoon like contraptions bring about an other worldly “look” and make you wonder about actual necessity as a design conceit. Notable is the quality of the pieces in the exhibition and then the result in the Dunne and Raby photographs that show how to use the machines. Beautiful but disconcerting.

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