Beautiful & Functional Objects: MoMA Design Store Spring Preview

At the Spring 2014 preview for the MoMA Design Store, a plethora of new, soon to be released, well designed, attractive and yet oh so functional objects were on display. Above: coated aluminum plates with eyecatching art work set a unique and edgy table for use indoors and out.

A classic Josef Albers desk gets a makeover with the addition of a cheerful pop of color.

Particularly handy in small kitchens, this bar stool (or side table) may be small, but comes with built in storage and a towel hook.

We spotted new designs for table arrangements using unexpected materials such as magnifying glasses, brush bristles and wax.

This tea set by UK designer Tom Dixon is beautiful as a set, but can be purchased separately.

A reusable bag modeled after the classic plastic version will be a part of the spring line.

For those who wish to build an urban garden, plants that bloom right into a bag make an ideal, easy to care for apartment plant with no special equipment needed.

To grow cuttings into full bloom, these tiny rubber planters are the perfect growing environment that makes transferring easy.

By now most have heard about 3D printing, but pens that put the technology right into your hands bring the fun to anyone who wants to give it a try. Here, the pen is demonstrated.

For advanced users, pieces as complex as this miniature taxi can be built using the pen, a downloadable mold and your imagination.

Seats in rainbow colors activate the core while in use and add a dose of color all the time.

New items for kids will also be available, such as this adorable whale rattle in an on-trend striped material.


Bring some whimsy (and organization) to the restroom with a yellow submarine toothbrush holder that doubles as a soap dispenser and cotton ball holder - all held together by magnets.

Keep clean with this spritzer covered in soft material, perfect for wiping down all the screens in your life.

While screens tend to dominate, let this book shaped light remind us that there is value in the printed word. When closed, it appears to be a book, but open it up and you can bask in the soft glow that this lamp emits.

All the products pictured above will be available at MoMa this Spring.

(Image credits: Liana Hayles Newton)