Most "sound art" installations leave me cold, mostly because they rarely sound good, and a lot of tech-oriented "art" is more about tech than art. Not this time. When I attended the opening party for "The Forty Part Motet" at The Cloisters on Tuesday, the sound was truly glorious. The artist, Janet Cardiff, took full advantage of the acoustics of The Cloisters' Fuentidueña Chapel. She specified 40 Bowers & Wilkins DM303 speakers (which are no longer in production) for the installation, and they literally "play" the Chapel's acoustics. The … Read more
Maybe that's why I find this Bamboo Charcoal Deodorizer appealing. Created by Kiyoshi Nishio, its charcoal and clay mineral powder construction is designed to absorb odors instead of mask them. Because the surface area exposed to the air is critical to … Read more
It wasn't until I began to peruse the MoMA Store's Web site last year that I learned a valuable lesson about hors d'oeuvre: presentation is everything!
I'm no stranger to creating pretty presentations. In fact, many of my friends for whom I've cooked a meal will tell you that I care almost as much about how a plate looks as how it tastes. What I don't do, however, is spend much time thinking about how to serve predinner snacks, and so most of these end up gracing the coffee table in the same bowls … Read more
Father's Day is right around the bend, so you can bet on seeing a lot of gift ideas in the coming days on store shelves, like fancy ties, coffee mugs, and classy bar-inspired dishes such as these Inside Out Martini Glasses.
When your dad pulls the glasses out of the box, he might give you the kind of eyebrow raise and forced, "Oooooh, nice," that accompanies the gifts that end up collecting dust in a storage shed, because they look like ordinary drinking glasses from the outside. But pick your favorite hard liquor to pour into them … Read more
The flowers that come prearranged in vases are no better, often costing twice as much for half the flora. What's the solution? How about these spring-inspired bird and leaf vase-makers?
Not only do the festive gadgets eliminate the need for vases by transforming ordinary drinking glasses, but they … Read more
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's...a bowl?
No, this beautiful piece of artwork isn't meant to be used as a weapon to threaten your enemies--it's a bowl created for the MoMA Store's Destination: Brazil collection. The collection celebrates designs, culture, and lifestyle elements from Brazil, which explains the centipede design that inspired this bowl.
The bowl is constructed from 44 independently moving pieces that are each made from a composite of coconut fibers, sugar cane, and wood. Since each piece moves separately, you can rearrange the bowl in a huge variety of … Read more
My friends would tell you that I'm an entertainer. And they'd be right: one of my favorite things to do is cook a nice meal and serve it to people, even if it's not a special occasion. Whether it's for a quiet dinner for me or a dinner party over the holidays, I like to make sure my food is presented nicely on my plate before I eat it. They do say "you eat with your eyes first," right?
Maybe that's why I like the MoMA Design Store and their pretty selection of … Read more
Leave it up to the MoMA Design Store to bring beauty to even the simplest sort of dish. This beautiful wooden spice block makes a perfect serving dish for nuts, spices, candy, or even decorative marbles.
The spice block was designed in 2008 by Nick Foley and Diane Ruengsorn, and each one is hand carved in Brooklyn, N.Y., out of mahogany that's been repurposed from a window factory. The blocks are finished in beeswax and oil and are food-safe.
These unique wooden spice blocks are available at the MoMA Design Store for $50.00.
Whoever thinks that oil and water don't mix has another think coming: with this Double Cruet designed by Rudi Keller for the MoMA Design Store, you can store two different liquids right next to each other.
So maybe you won't choose to mix oil and water, but oil and balsamic vinegar would be a delicious combination for a salad, or you could pour oil into both sides and infuse them with different herbs and flavorings. Either way, having the option to double up your liquids in one vessel is both convenient and tasty.
The taste factor isn't … Read more
Straight from the destination: Japan collection at the MoMA Design Store, these plates are a fun addition to your dinner table.
Designed by Ikuko Nakazawa to look like chat bubbles in comic strips, the set includes three plates: one large serving platter and two smaller plates for appetizers or little snacks. The Destination: Japan collection was created to showcase "lifestyle products from Japan," and also includes fun gadgets like pencil chopsticks and the previously featured Folding Bread Board.
At the moment, the Chat Plates are on back order. You can reserve a set in the next arriving batch … Read more