Airworld: Design and Architecture for Air Travel

Museu de les Arts Decoratives

October 1, 2005–January 1, 2006

The Design Museum, London
224-238 Kensington High Street (Reopening 24 November 2016)
March 18–June 24, 2005

Vitra Design Museum
Charles-Eames-Str. 1
July 17, 2013–January 9, 2005

Curated by Jochen Eisenbrand

“Air travel reminds us who we are,” wrote Don DeLillo in The Names. “It’s the means by which we recognize ourselves as modern.” Following World War I, most airports were mere sheds held over from military usage, but as the jet set emerged in the ’50s, the world’s leading designers—Robin Day, Alexander Girard, and Gio Ponti, to name a few—were enlisted to create an aura of efficiency and modernity. This show offers 394 objects (from advertisements and uniforms to cabin interiors and aircraft models) arranged by ticket office, terminal, departure, and arrival like some fantasy airport—except you can keep your shoes on.

Travels to the Design Museum, Ghent, Mar. 18–June 24, 2005; Museu de les Arts Decoratives, Barcelona, Oct. 2005–Jan. 2006; and other venues.