Recent Acquisitions of the Permanent Collection of Architecture + Design

July 22-October 17, 2000

This exhibition presents approximately 150 pieces of furniture, design objects and graphic design whose form, material or content extends the experiments of contemporary art. Ranging from playful annual reports by Cahan & Associates and colorful, organic plastic containers by the Austrian company Authentics to the smart, complex digital designs of John Maeda and the evocative architectural models of Pierre Lallemand, Experiments showcases a variety of work that reveals how designers — refusing to accept the world as we know it — offer designed alternatives in the spaces, objects and images of everyday life.

line drawing of building with watercolor

Loom, Movement 2, from Thailand Unfolding House (detail), 1994-1996; collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund