The mid-century modern antiquarian book dealer Randall Ross of Modernism 101 has just released new catalog in PDF that traces the origins and connects the dots of the “Good Design” movement that was celebrated in a landmark exhibition at MoMA.
Here’s what MoMA says about the exhibition that was launched there:
At mid-century MoMA played a leading role in the definition and dissemination of so-called Good Design, a concept that took shape in the 1930s and emerged with new relevance in the decades following World War II. This installation presents selections from MoMA’s design collection that illuminate the primary values of Good Design as promoted (and disputed) by museums, design councils, and department stores. Iconic pieces by designers like Charles and Ray Eames and Hans Wegner are shown alongside more unexpected items, such as a hunting bow and a plumb bob, as well as everyday objects including an iron, a hamper, a rake, a cheese slicer, and Tupperware.
You can download a copy here.