antiques; the modest masterpieces - stainless steel ice balls
Wendy munahuri 2004 is at the "humble masterpiece" exhibition at the Queens Museum of Modern Art, most likely with something you won't recognize.
I can't identify the bird control bar (
Stainless steel rod)
, Super Ball, disposable tableware, Gripz in-
Skates tools or rubber balloon molds.
"I have never intended to show things that cannot be identified," said Paola Santelli, curator of museum architecture and design who organized the exhibition . ".
"I just want to get something from all over the world.
"In fact, only a few of the 122 objects displayed are unfamiliar.
Most popular design icons such as white T-Shirt, band-Aid, the Post-
Note, Slinky and ice cream cone. Ms.
Antonelli shares some of the hot history.
For example, there are many claims about the invention of ice cream cones, but the museum owes credit to Italo Marchioni (1868-1954)
In the 1890s, an Italian immigrant sold ice on a cart on Wall Street.
On 1896, after losing several in-service glasses for his ices, Sir
Marchioni begins to bake a reclined, edible waffle Cup.
In 1903, he got a patent for waffles and egg rolls.
The next year, in the Holy.
At the Louis World Fair, several others claimed credit for the cone, which was sold at 50 ice cream stalls at the fair, but the museum insistedMarchioni.
This cone is a perfect example of the museum's point of view.
"The authenticity of the material is the modernist motto we follow . "Antonelli said.
"We tend to collect objects that explore the fundamental relationship between materials, technology, and form.
Tip is another "humble masterpiece" that combines materials, forms and functions ".
On 1923, Leo Gerstenzang, an American born in Poland, observed that his wife tried to clean the baby's ears by applying a ball of cotton to the toothpick.
That year he set up a company trying to find a better way to do this simple feature
Made cotton sticks, but it took him a long time to perfect the design.
He was worried that cotton might fall off the stick and get stuck in the baby's ears.
He was worried that the stick would crack.
He was worried about how he could guarantee equal cotton on each stick.
Eventually, he replaced the stick with a cardboard stick at each end, and Leo Gerstenzang baby novelty started producing Q-
We know the tip. The Post-
This is an unintentional invention. In 1968, Dr.
Spencer Silver, an employee of Minnesota 3 m, is working to improve the acrylic adhesive that 3 m uses on tape.
He found, unexpectedly, an adhesive that itself formed tiny spheres that did not melt or dissolve.
When applied to the backing of the tape, the adhesive is sticky but not firm.
It was not until the resurrection of a colleague that his discovery was forgotten.
It is reported that Art Fry, a new product development researcher at 3 m, is upset at the church every week because of his old-
The old-fashioned paper bookmark fell out of his hymn. He tried Dr.
Silver's invention, an adhesive on paper that can be removed and reconnected. The Post-
It was born.
"Many of us can't imagine life without these 'sticks . "
Antonelli wrote in the design work of the Museum of Modern Art that it was a book published by her editor and MoMA last year.
The original works in the collection are square, expressed rationally, and yellow attracts attention.
She continued, "first a bookmark, then soon after an instant memo,
It produces numerous branches and imitation products.
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Super Ball is an accidental invention.
In the early 1960s S, California chemist Norman steamley compressed the synthetic rubber at 3,500 pounds per square inch of pressure in his spare time.
He created a ball with a particularly strong bounce force, three times that of tennis.
He provided the invention to the employer, Bettis rubber, but the company refused the invention.
Then he went to Arthur. Spud)
Merlin and Richard Knoll, founder of Wham
Oh, the manufacturer of hula hoop and flying disc.
In 1965, they brought their products to market and perfected them.
At some point, Wham-
O 170,000 goals a day
Superball sold more than 20 million, MoMA said.
Since 1929, MoMA has been its founder, Alfred H. Barr Jr.
Architect Philip Johnson visited the Bauhaus in Deso, Germany.
They were fascinated by its revolutionary multi-disciplinary approach to art and design.
There they see pioneering modern designers trying new materials like aluminum, plywood, heat
As well as traditional materials such as glass and felt, which are fully committed to using the power of modern production to create products that can make the lives of ordinary people dignified, terrence Riley, chief curator of Philip Johnson's department of architecture and design, wrote in design objects.
In the preface to the same book, museum curator Glenn Lowry wrote, "Together with architecture, design was part of the composition of the museum from the beginning, according to Alfred H. Barr Jr. 's Bauhaus-
Inspired the vision of new unity of art in our time.
He continued: "The design series of nearly 4,000 items includes a wide range of items such as hair dryers, surfboards, chairs, microchips and helicopters.
Bringing them together not only recognizes the highest synthesis of functionality and beauty, but also recognizes the need to adhere to the design process of using functionality as a form generator.
"The first object to enter the collection is self-
In 1907, it was invented by Sven winquest and made by S . . K. F.
An American company. Made of chrome-
Plated Steel, the ball bearing consists of a double-layer ball maintained during the race, and the housing is significantly superior in structure to the sliding bearing.
"Efficient and beautiful, ball bearings can be seen as a sign of the age of machines ---
Used to define the names of 1920s and 1930s--
When industrial designers and consumers have a new interest in the appearance and style of commercial products,
Antonelli wrote in her book.
"The Modernist believes that good design is essential to the promotion of society.
Visitors to the exhibition will be surprised by the ingenuity of some designers.
The mold that makes the rubber balloon looks like a patch device, but it's a lot more complicated.
Like a one-time (
The tableware can meet the new demand.
"So far the architecture and design department has sought the perfect balance between form and function, the best example of this is the honest and disarm tea bag, apparently simple Bic pen and back shape" "Ms.
Antonelli wrote on the wall label of the exhibition.
Can you imagine being more interesting than identifying such objects that appear on the market?
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A version of this article was printed on page E00033 of the National edition on July 23, 2004 with the title: antique;
A masterpiece of modesty.