Modern Furniture, Modern Maps

The Denver Art Museum has a small exhibition on right now, titled What is Modern?, featuring furniture (and a few posters) spanning dates from the 1800s to today. These furniture designs are arguably the most well-known embodiments of the modern art movement, which is characterized by non-profligate products. But we also see the mod-movement in some of today’s map designs. For example, two studios that embrace the modern aesthetic are: the senseable city lab at MIT and Stamen Design.

The colors, the angles, the typography in the posters, and the sheer playfulness and quirkiness in the furniture pieces can all inspire mod-map making.

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