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MoMA Spring 07 Preview- 01.18.07

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NY Designer, Joey Roth, went and checked out the MoMA Spring Preview for us, and i must admit i wish i could have been there! See more below for his coverage of what exciting new products are coming… Personally, i’m already wanting the Speaker Mug…

—- Today I visited the MoMA store in SOHO to see a preview of new products they’re adding for the spring. While they didn’t push the springtime vibe as far as they could (patio furniture, gardening tools, and a kite or two would have been perfect), the buyers put together a collection that was quiet, airy, and playful.

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This On/Off Lamp by Alberto Meda is a wonderful acrylic execution of an obvious idea. Tilt it one way and it’s off, the other and it’s on. I wish the tube of mercury that probably switches the light were made visible. It’s hard to see in the photos, but the lamp’s shape makes its function obvious- when resting in one position, it’s clear that it would be just as sturdy in the other. These espresso cups by J. Lozano got me with their super-simple handles. The shrunken-shovel demitasse spoon was cute too.

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I love the thought behind Ross Lovegrove’s work (and his name). These Supernatural chairs are like a piece of art nouveau wood, reworked for injection molding. I’m not usually a fan of organic-looking plastic, but these are beautiful and safe for the outdoors.

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This is a porcelain mug with a speaker on the bottom and just enough volume to hold a certain iconic music player. The speaker requires no external power and runs off the music player’s juice, like headphones. In this way the mug passively “holds” sound just like a real mug holds tea. Designed by Masato Tokuno, it was one of my favorites.

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My other favorite were these ceramic salt and pepper shakers. One has a happy face made from holes, the other has a sad face. Both feature cute stubby legs and tiny corks in their bellies that you remove to fill them with salt or pepper. They’re apparently part of a growing design movement in Argentina. Does anyone know more about this?

What was the scene like? —-
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So get ready, all these and more should be at the MoMA Store in no time!

Notes

Hi there, I’m a designer from Argentina living in the US for the last 5 years. In SF now. Just came back from Buenos Aires, and bought a lot of this items (like cute salt shaker and construction game) in a great museum shop, in the latinamerican art museum: www.malba.org.ar
So rad to see it in MOMA!

----- Lorena Siminovich 19.01.07 13:31

Hi there also! I’m also a designer from Argentina, living in Buenos Aires. The cute construction game is from CUBO toys, the shaker is from Lola Goldstein. This last girl is a pal of mine. I also know your work Lorena, ist’s so good! I’m quite a fan. There’s a lot of great talent in my country and I’m very proud to see MOMA acknowledging that.

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