Humble Masterpieces

Guitar picks, Q-tips, Post-it Notes, Earplugs, Chupa Chups lollipops, Wiffleballs, Rubik's Cubes, and M&M's.....what do all of these things have in common?

According to Paola Antonelli, a curator at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, all of these everyday objects are masterpieces of the art of design. Originating from a 2004 exhibition at MoMA, Humble Masterpieces: Everyday Marvels of Design features striking close-up photography and insightful short essays to present the history, beauty, and functionality of 100 of these humble masterpieces.

So, take a look around you...what objects in your everyday life are marvels of design?


Great blog! I just bought one of Antonelli's other books, Objects of Design, and it's fabulous! I highly recommend her work!

Another author who writes about objects often overlooked, albeit from an engineering perspective is Henry Petroski. Try The Book on the Bookshelf or The Evolution of Useful Things.

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll definitely check them out. I love the cover of Objects of Design!