Wednesday, 27 July 2016

MoMA Renovations to Include an ‘Open, Light-Filled’ Design Store

The revamped store will open sometime this fall

Perhaps just as popular as the museum across from which it is located, the MoMA Design Store announced this week that it will completely revamp its space at 44 West 53rd Street. The Museum has selected UK-based Lumsden Design and Gensler to collaborate on the project. Their main goal for the store will be to make it feel more open and light-filled.

Other proposed changes include a custom jewelry counter made with glass and bead blasted steel to better view the collection, and uniquely designed displays for products from their tabletop, kitchen, lighting, tech and personal accessories collection.

"Highlighting good design has always been a fundamental part of MoMA’s DNA," Thomas Randon, MoMA’s Retail General Manager, said in a statement. "Because every object sold in the store has been approved by Museum curators, the renovated MoMA Design Store will be integral to our mission of making good design accessible to everyone."

It’s already been over a month since the store closed for renovation, and the revamped store will likely be unveiled sometime this fall. The Design Store opened in 1990, and underwent its first renovation nine years later at the hands of 1100 Architects. The Museum overall is in the midst of a $400 million expansion campaign that includes the addition of three new galleries, and the conversion of the former Folk Art Museum building.


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