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The Essence of Things

Design and the Art of Reduction

This exhibition celebrates simplicity in design.  Whether planning a piece of furniture, an article of clothing, or a basic utensil, many designers embrace minimalism as a way to achieve rational functionality and elegant aesthetics. The Essence of Things brings together approximately 180 objects, ranging from humble everyday items like flip-flops and lip balm to more substantial chairs and lamps. In addition to these objects, photographs and video will round out the offerings of architecture, fashion, and art.  Among the many designers represented are such iconic names as Gerrit Rietveld, Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames, and Shigeru Ban.

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