MoMA's Fall 2011 Retail Preview: Task Lamps & Tabletop

Sneak Peek

The MoMA Store has a curatorial approach to stocking new products, and it's always fun to go to their press preview and see what they've selected for the coming year and why. We caught a sneak peek of the fall/winter 2011 collection, which includes classic and contemporary task lights, as well as several problem-solving items for the kitchen, like a microwavable Dutch oven and a collapsible salad spinner.

  1. Revolution Casserole Dish, $250: Made in France, this two-tone vessel is crafted entirely from non-porous ceramic with a non-stick glaze. It goes from stovetop to table and, unlike cast iron Dutch ovens, it can be used in the microwave.
  2. Trash Me Lamp by Victor Vetterlein, $145: Created in 2010 by New York designer Victor Vetterlein, this desk lamp is made from recycled egg cartons, while the cord is covered in burgundy fabric.

  3. Hector Table Light by Peter R. Bowles, $295: The unique glow comes from the bone china shade. Designed in 1992 and made in the UK, the lamp has a chrome stand, ceramic base, and braided cotton cable.
  4. Collapsible Salad Spinner by Heather Curtain, $35: This was one of my favorite pieces, since I hate how much space my own salad spinner takes up in the kitchen cabinet. Designed in 2009 by Heather Curtain, it collapses to a height of about three inches.
  5. Quake Mugs by Gustaf Nordenskiold, $48: Made by Design House Stockholm and just released this year, these mugs were formed by taking the clay and shaking it into a semi-random shape that, surprisingly, works well for handling. The set of two is crafted from bone china with a glossy white glaze.
  6. Architect's Cubes by John Bennett & Gustavo Bonevardi, $55: Designed by architects, each of these desktop cubes is made from a different building and/or design material.
  7. Nested Sake Cups by Kelichi Ito, $48: Designed in 2010, these colorful nested cups are made of ABS resin — they're a contemporary take on traditional sake cups, and they can be used as prep bowls or hors d'œuvre dishes.
  8. Airplanes Box Set, $30: This airport play set is made from birch and folds up into a box with a handle for carrying.
  9. Anton Humidifier by Matti Walker, $140: Simple and minimal, this humidifier has LED indicator lights that glow blue and change to red when the water tank is empty.
  10. Lotus Serving Bowl by Nobuyasu Takai, $70: Made in Japan from stoneware, this bowl is finished with a hand-painted glaze inspired by traditional Japanese brush calligraphy.


Items will be available through MoMA in fall/winter 2011. For more information, visit the MoMA Store online.

Images: Sarah Coffey except for Photo #5 from Design House Stockholm