This page highlights Artstor content related to western and non-western design, which include images of drawings, models, posters, advertisements, appliances, furniture, and cars from a variety of periods.
View our Curated Image Group: Design and Decorative Arts, featuring 100 images selected by an expert to serve as an introduction to the topic.

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The Museum of Modern Art has shared approximately 4,000 important examples of design objects and graphic design, many of which are also documented in the Exhibition Installation Photograph Collection from the MoMA Archives. In the 1930s–1950s, MoMA developed exhibitions to educate the public on the principles of design and influence their consumption patterns. Starting in 1938, the museum staged annual displays of “Useful Objects” under $5 or $10. The “Good Design” program (1950–1955) presented utilitarian and decorative objects chosen for their simplicity, function, and low cost. In 1941 and 1950, MoMA sponsored competitions for innovative furniture design using the latest industrial materials and techniques. These exhibitions gave rise to many successful products that have become icons of modern design and are still being manufactured by companies like Knoll and Herman Miller, such as the furniture of Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer, Charles and Ray Eames, and Eero Saarinen. 

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