Rough Cut

Design Takes a Sharp Edge

The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA

Wednesday 26 November 2008 to Monday 12 October 2009
Design is not always pretty. Sometimes it is blunt and aggressive, especially when it is meant to deliver a clear message or depart from tradition and express new ideas. Rough Cut presents a selection of bold designs from MoMA’s collection, ranging from striking posters to fierce chairs, and from incisive videos to vehicles designed for harsh terrains and unforgiving circumstances.

Design is not always pretty-but when it is good, it is undeniably powerful, meaningful, and beautiful. Organized by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, and Patricia Juncosa Vecchierini, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.

The Philip Johnson Architecture and Design Galleries, third floor

Location

The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA
11 West 53 Street
Midtown Manhattan Precinct
New York
United States
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Suited for Subversion Prototype. 2002
© All rights reserved Ralph Borland (South African, born 1974) 2009 United States
Nylon-reinforced PVC, padding, speaker, and pulse reader, 47 1/4 x 31 1/2 x 23 5/8” (120 x 80 x 60 cm) Fund for the Twenty-First Century
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Less Lamp, 2007
© All rights reserved Jordi Canudas (Spanish, born 1975) 2009 United States
Plaster, 9 13/16 x 7 7/8" (25 x 20 cm) Manufactured by Metalarte, Spain 2008 Gift of the designer
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Priscila Huggable Atomic Mushroom, from the Design for Fragile Personalities in Anxious Times projec
© All rights reserved Anthony Dunne (British, born 1964), Fiona Raby (British, born 1963), and Michael Anastassiades (Cypr 2009 United States
Reflective fabric and polyester stuffing, 10 5/8 x 11 7/8" (27 x 30 cm) diam. Craig Robins Purchase Fund
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L.A.S.E.R. Tag video of interventions. 2007–08
© All rights reserved James Powderly (American, born 1976), Evan Roth (American, born 1978), and Theo Watson (British, bor 2009 United States
Graffiti Research Lab (USA, est. 2006). 60 mW green laser, digital projector, camera, and custom GNU software (L.A.S.E.R. Tag V1.0, using OpenFrameworks) Gift of F.A.T. Lab
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Less Lamp, 2007
© All rights reserved Jordi Canudas (Spanish, born 1975) 2009 United States
Plaster, 9 13/16 x 7 7/8" (25 x 20 cm) Manufactured by Metalarte, Spain 2008 Gift of the designer
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“Waltraud” Cow-Bench. 2004
© All rights reserved Julia Lohmann (German, born 1977) 2009 United States
Leather, foam and wood Fund for the Twenty-First Century
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MYTO chair. 2007
© All rights reserved Konstantin Grcic (German, born 1965) 2009 United States
BASF Ultradur High Speed plastic, 32 5/16 x 20 1/2 x 20 7/8" (82 x 52 x 53 cm) Manufactured by Plank Collezioni Srl, Italy (2008) Gift of the manufacturer
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Mr. Smish & Madame Buttly Razor Wire, from the Sweet Dreams Security series. Prototype. 2003
© All rights reserved Matthias Megyeri (German, born 1973) 2009 United States
Steel, 15 3/4 x 15 3/4" (40 x 40 cm) x desired length Lent by Matthias Megyeri
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Cabbage Chair. 2007
© All rights reserved Oki Sato (Canadian, born 1977) nendo (Japan, est. 2002) 2009 United States
Pleated paper, roll: 36 x 20" (91.4 x 50.8 cm); open: 29 x 33" (73.7 x 83.8 cm) Gift of the designer
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Subtle Safety Defensive Ring. 2003
© All rights reserved Amanda Knox (American, born 1975), Kim Hoffmann (American born 1975), and Sara Shaughnessy (American 2009 United States
Sterling silver and stainless steel, 1 x 1 x 1/2" (2.5 x 2.5 x 1 cm) Manufacturer: RedStart Design, LLC, USA (2004) Gift of RedStart Design, LLC
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AIGA Detroit. 1999
© All rights reserved Stefan Sagmeister (American, born Austria 1962) 2009 United States
Lithograph, 39 x 27 1/2" (99.1 x 69.9 cm) Gift of the designer
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Racism. 1993
© All rights reserved James Victore (American, born 1962) 2009 United States
Silkscreen, 26 x 40" (66 x 101.6 cm) Gift of the designer
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Guardian Angel handbag. 2002
© All rights reserved Carolien Vlieger (Dutch, born 1975) and Hein van Dam (Dutch, born 1964) of Vlieger & Vandam (The Net 2009 United States
Leather and wool felt, 13 x 10 x 3" (33 x 26 x 8 cm) Manufactured by Vlieger & Vandam, The Netherlands (2004) Gift of Vlieger & Vandam