MoMA's Safe

In a dangerous world, we worry about being safe. That's the topic of the exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art.

SAFE: Design Takes On Risk, the first major design exhibition at MoMA since its reopening in November 2004, presents more than 300 contemporary products and prototypes designed to protect body and mind from dangerous or stressful circumstances, respond to emergencies, ensure clarity of information, and provide a sense of comfort and security. These objects address the spectrum of human fears and worries, from the most mundane to the most exceptional, from the dread of darkness and loneliness to the threat of earthquakes and terrorist attacks.

The exhibition covers all forms of design, from manufactured products to information architecture. Featured products include refugee shelters, demining equipment, baby strollers, and protective sports gear. Designers are trained to balance risk with protection and to mediate between disruptive change and normalcy; good design goes hand in hand with personal needs, providing protection and security without sacrificing innovation and invention. SAFE redirects the pursuit of beauty toward the appreciation of economy of function and technology.

I like practical art. My favourite part of the exhibit is the refuge housing. They are made of cardboard, assemble in a half hour and last for a year.

Comments

Cheryl said…
I wonder if we could get an exhibition catalog? The stuff is very cool... though I have seen many of the items elsewhere (the refugee housing, I had seen in a book on portable/temporary housing design) -- and we even own one of the items featured. :)

Maybe we could pitch for the RBCM to host it as a travelling exhibit... Hmm.

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