It was five years ago when , the Museum of Modern Art senior curator of architecture and design and faculty member, suggested to , the New York school’s MFA products of design department chair, that his students conceive pieces for the . Now in its fourth year, Chochinov says, “To be the only academic program with this type of partnership with MoMA is a tremendous opportunity for our students.”
This round, the 25 students in the program were tasked with improving the dining experience, elevating such humdrum items as the coaster and the bottle opener aesthetically and functionally. , Josh Corn’s borosilicate glass mug, for example, helps make the perfect latte by demarcating the correct proportions of espresso and milk. Panisa Khunprasert’s silicone not only stack but also interlock. Alexa Forney utilizes the same material for her playful . Oscar Pipson channeled the golden spiral for the cutout in his aptly named brass bottle opener.