The words "modern" and "store" connote "shit I can't afford," but the newest offerings from the Museum of Modern Art's gift shop are within reach! Seriously. And they're also the best way of injecting some super-class into your pad.
OK fine—a lot of the "new" stuff from the MoMA store isn't technically new. In fact, our favorite find—a handsome $35 German computer brush (demoed on an iPhone above), was originally designed in 1992. But that's part of what makes these things so killer—a lot of the time, the only way to see them would be at the MoMA, behind glass. And if you try to touch them, you'll likely be arrested, or at least asked to never return to the museum.
But now you can add these things, representing some of the most clever achievements in the history of design, to your home, like buying a stick of deodorant or bag of socks. So we rounded up our favorites.
In order of appearance, above:
The Ntzwerk Bowl can be crumpled and stomped on, because it's made of injection-molded thermoplastic. $45 for the big guy, $15 for small. Nothing should ever break.
The Cuboluce light box makes a gorgeous little side lamp. Nobody will have a side lamp like yours. It was originally designed in 1972 by Franco Bettonica and Mario Melocchi, and will cost you $150 2012 dollars.
The plastic decanter is wonderful for anyone who both enjoys wine and tends to drop shatter-prone things onto the ground, and a $12 set of three WineSkins will further pad your bubbly.
We wish we'd been able to include the Cubic Ice Cube Tray by Adrian and Jeremy Wright in our frosty Battlemodo, because it's stellar looking, makes geometrically perfect cubes, and is only 20 bucks.