Contemporary Design

The new contemporary design galleries are open to the public after a three-year, multiphase renovation project. With more than 400 objects focusing on design after 1980, and spanning nearly 10,000 square feet, this addition to the IMA’s permanent collection is one of the largest displays of contemporary design in the world and among the first surveys of recent trends in this dynamic field.

The IMA’s contemporary design collection is international in scope and numbers more than 1,200 pieces. Included in the new galleries is the work of more than 100 designers from 20 countries in Europe, North America, South America, and Asia.

Don't miss these highlights in the gallery:

  • Alessandro Mendini, Poltrona di Proust lounge chair, 1978; manufactured by Atelier Mendini; painted wood and fabric.
  • Robert Venturi, Louis XVI chest, 1984-1989; designed by Venturi Scott Brown and Associates, manufactured by Paul Downs Cabinetmakers; painted wood.
  • Michael Graves, Tea & Coffee Piazza Service, 1980-1984; manufactured by Alessi; 925/1000 silver, lacquered aluminum, mock ivory, and Bakelite.
  • James Dyson, DC11 vacuum, 2003; manufactured by Dyson Ltd.; plastic and metal.
  • Philippe Starck, Bedside Gun shade, 2005; manufactured by FLOS S.p.A; gold-plated Beretta pistol and paper.

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Donors to the initiative are Otto N. Frenzel III, Steve and Livia Russell, June M. McCormack, Kay F. Koch, James E. and Patricia J. LaCrosse, Penny and Russell Fortune, Tom and Nora Hiatt, Ann M. and Chris Stack, Jane Fortune and Robert Hesse, and William L. Fortune Jr. and Joseph D. Blakely.

The project is supported by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.