Modern Living Space.
Propositions from 1920–1950

MoMa, New York

– 23 April 2017

An exhibition currently showing at MoMA displays examples of interiors from the 1920s to the 1950s. Objects and items for rooms are on display but the exhibition asks a much deeper question: how should we live? 

“How Should We Live? Propositions for the Modern Interior“ is the title of the current exhibition which does not focus on individual items of furniture, but looks at the interaction of design elements in relation to external factors, such as aesthetic, social, technical and political attitudes. These are expressed in material and spatial forms.


The exhibition has been divided into three groups, each encompassing a decade and displays over 200 objects drawn from MoMA’s architecture and design collection and from its library. In addition to furniture and interior design, drawings, prints, sculptures, films and photographs are on display. There are works by well-regarded designers such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Ray and Charles Eames and Le Corbusier on display but also works newly acquired by the MoMA collection, such as Eileen Gray’s furnishings for the house E 1027 and Charlotte Perriand’s study-bedroom, designed for the Maison du Brésil.


The exhibition is rounded off by the opportunity to have a cup of coffee in the Velvet-Silk Café (1927) designed by Lily Reich and Mies van der Rohe.

The exhibition “How Should We Live? Propositions for the Modern Interior” runs until 23 April 2017.


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