How we define a good design involves other elements beyond aesthetics. It is especially true when it comes to industrial design, as the pieces also have a mission of improving people’s life and bringing convenience to most. New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is now holding The Value of Good Design exhibition which showcases exhibits from the late 1930s through the 1950s.
Featuring industrial objects ranging from domestic furniture and appliances to decorations, cars, sports items, toys and even graphics. The exhibitions focus on a period that championed well-designed, affordable contemporary products that creates positive impact to everyday life. One of the best examples and exhibits is the familiar Fiat 500 F. The compact car were designed in post-war Italy, and its pleasant appearance, affordable price and inexpensive maintenance costs made it extremely popular back then and seen as an iconic design until now. The exhibition also raises questions about what Good Design might mean today, and if the values from decades ago can be translated and redefined for today’s audience.
The Value of Good Design runs until 15 June.