Interiors are heavily mulled over by designers for how they will affect their inhabitants—and rightfully so. But what about the external influences that helped to shape the design, whether they are social, technological, or political? A new exhibition curated by the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) Architect and Design Department will explore that topic for a range of environments developed at the height of the modern movement, from the 1920s through the 1950s.
On view from Oct. 1 of this year to April 23, 2017, “How Should We Live? Propositions for the Modern Interior” will feature an array of rooms, some of which will include domestic interiors, exhibition displays, and retail spaces. MoMA curator Juliet Kinchin’s aim is to highlight how that time frame’s trends are shown in material and spatial forms, and will include recent acquisitions by major women architect-designers which include their own living spaces, along with commonly overlooked areas such as textile furnishings, wallpapers, kitchens, temporary exhibitions, and promotional displays. The entire show includes over 300 pieces, and incorporate large-scale interiors such as Grete Lihotzky's Frankfurt Kitchen, Lilly Reich and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Velvet and Silk Café, and Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier's kitchen from the Unité d'Habitation and study bedroom from the Maison du Brésil.
Design partnerships, both in a personal and design sense, highlighted throughout the show include Lilly Reich and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; Grete Lihotzky and Ernst May; Eileen Gray and Jean Badovici; Aino and Alvar Aalto; Charles and Ray Eames; Florence Knoll and Herbert Matter; and Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier.