Beautiful & Functional Objects: MoMA Design Store Spring Preview

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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 )

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