Design Matters at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami is functional, accessible, and tactile. The exhibit positions itself in the midst of a design revolution, a dynamic period where new visions of design are engaging contemporary culture at all levels. It documents and evaluates design trends in contemporary America.
The installation was constructed from 1700 linear feet of polyethylene foam softly bending around 160 standard fluorescent tubes and 66 chiseled blocks of foam. The foam was not only utilized for its lightness, and commonality but it is also sexy, and could be reused by the museum staff to repackage the items in the exhibition. The vertical layers of rolled foam create translucent artificial skins in the space and present glimpses of the objects without revealing the whole. The sense of mystery creates seduction, allowing people to see and be seen simultaneously while directly positioning them as part of the exhibition.
The exhibit was designed and curated for the Arango Design Foundation in celebration of Design and Architecture Day 2000.