Throughout its history, SFMOMA has provoked and participated in discussions about architecture and design via exhibitions, publications, and public programs. An impressive number of design and architecture exhibitions were presented at the museum before 1983, when the Architecture and Design Department was formally established. The department collects historical and contemporary works of architecture, furniture design, product design, and graphic design, as well as works of art that address these design disciplines. In the late 1990s the collection began to develop concentrations in several areas, including experimental architecture and typography, Bay Area design, modern furniture, and installation architecture. Today the Architecture and Design Department's holdings include the conference room from Charles and Ray Eames's design studio; furniture by the late Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata; drawings and models by the experimental architect Lebbeus Woods; and works by important Bay Area designers, including Bernard Maybeck, Timothy Pflueger, William Wurster, John Dickinson, Jennifer Morla, and Jack Stauffacher. The department's curators seek objects that speak to architecture and design as a meaningful collective project and spur new ways of understanding the designed world.
Take an intimate look at highlights from the architecture and design collection in the video at right.