Highlights from the ‘Crafting Modernism’ Show at MAD

The recently-opened Crafting Modernism exhibition at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design is the perfect antidote to the geometric-steel-and-plastic concept of modern style. With works ranging from the late ’40s through 1969, the show focuses on a range of objects made from humanizing “craft media” like clay, wood, and fiber. In spite of the “do not touch” signs and roped-off exhibits, the impression left by these works was distinctly tactile. And seriously, who doesn’t LOVE anything by Isamu Noguchi?

If you can’t make it to MAD before January 15, then check out more images after the jump.

Music Rack by Wendell Castle, 1964. Purchased by the American Craft Council, 1964

Wendell Castle’s Music Rack is a virtuosic riff on organic form. Made entirely of rosewood, the piece was created using a process known as stack lamination; Castle glued together layers of wood and then bent them to achieve the desired effect. A leading member of the American Craft genre of design, Castle is often credited as a founding father of the art furniture movement.