by , 07/31/06

safe: design takes on risk, barrier, philippe million, steel, MOMA

When societies undergo jarring events, fresh cultural expression emerges. For example, in a post-9/11 climate, our heightened awareness of security – both personal and national – has redefined the way we draw boundaries and deal with fear.

For the MOMA’s recent exhibition, SAFE: Design Takes on Risk, French born designer Philippe Million created this galvanized steel utility barrier to be a little more inviting than the standard variety; it may prevent passage, but it also offers a place to rest.

SAFE: Design Takes on Risk explored our need for safety through a collection of contemporary designs that addressed physical protection, emergency preparedness and access to information. We mentioned this exhibition last year when we showcased the Subtle Safety Ring. We live in a dangerous world, but fear is no reason to abandon innovation — good design and a little humor are key elements of personal comfort.

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  1. mani July 1, 2008 at 2:35 am

    i want total figure of solar bollon

  2. jimmy August 8, 2006 at 3:00 am

    a place to rest…and a place to lock our bikes!

  3. mahalie August 2, 2006 at 4:14 pm

    True that. But I’d still love to have one in my living room…plus you can park bikes on it!

  4. Nick August 1, 2006 at 3:23 pm

    It is a bench but it could also be used as a step to easily get over the barrier.

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