MoMA has been promoting Good Design since the 1930s, when it established the world’s first collection of architecture and design in a major art museum.
As an extension of the collection, MoMA educated the public through a series of Good Design exhibitions and competitions in the 1940s and ‘50s. The Museum’s key criteria for Good Design is the harmony established between the form of an object and its use. Today, the design collection includes over 30,000 works, ranging from large-scale design objects to works on paper.
The Museum's design exhibitions and competitions acted as incubators for ideas, resulting in many iconic objects used in our everyday lives.
Starting with Useful Objects of American Design under $5.00 in 1938, these exhibitions highlighted how well-designed and beautiful objects could be attainable for people’s homes. Through a series of design contests, MoMA has been instrumental in launching the careers of some of the most important designers in the world, including Ray and Charles Eames, Hans Wegner and Greta Magnusson Grossman.
Today, MoMA Design Store supports the Museum’s efforts by making Good Design accessible.
We champion the values of Good Design by searching the globe for objects that are both attractive and functional. This ever-changing assortment reflects our commitment to bringing innovative, problem-solving and life-improving design objects to our customers.
MoMA Design Store is committed to the ongoing dialogue about Good Design. We invite you to explore our current selection of designs that exemplify these values.