MAD Museum NYC

You already know all of the big ones: the Met, the Guggenheim, MOMA, but New York is filled with smaller and extremely interesting museums that you may have never visited.  Lynn here, from Decor Arts Now, and today I am going to share one of my favorite cultural destinations in the city: The Museum of Arts and Design, otherwise known as MAD.

I like to think that MAD is shorthand for mad for creativity.  You need only walk into the lobby to be inspired.

Typically, they include part of a current exhibition just inside the front doors.  Right now, one of the shows currently on view, is entitled New York Makers and  displays the handiwork of New York artisans of all sorts.

MAD Museum NYC

The lobby has a fabulous display by Confetti Systems made from paper, fabric and foil, which will bowl you over with its vibrant color and texture.

MAD Museum NYC

Over by the main staircase is a parabolic tower. also part of the New York Makers show,  designed by the architect and mathematician Haresh Lalvani that is  stretched from a single piece of perforated steel.

MAD Museum NYC

When I ventured upstairs to the see the rest of the New York Makers exhibition, I was treated to more color and texture.  I love the intimacy of MAD‘s displays. Generally in an exhibition at MAD you can walk right up to the artwork, and often there is an interactive element.  Things are just a bit more low-key at MAD compared to the big guys, but no less inspirational.

Check out these other works from the New York Makers show.

Ralph Pucci designed this display of red mannequins.

MAD Museum NYC

Heidlee created “Echo Hat’–a visual pun of the “echo chamber” of the internet where we are bombarded with repetitive information. The backdrop is fabulous mylar wallpaper by Flavor Paper (which I loved!)

MAD Museum NYC

The exhibitions at MAD are not always so avant-garde, but the museum does seem to seek out the adventurous among us.

MAD Museum NYC

A while back, MAD housed a fabulous show on the reclusive and famous Doris Duke and her home in Hawaii, Shangri-La.  MAD’s encompassing photographic displays made one feel like they where in the midsts of Hawaii while it was the dead of winter outside.  And they included some of Doris Duke’s most stylish effects like this large monogrammed Louis Vuitton trunk–swoon!

MAD Museum NYC

And don’t get me started on the shop.   Now here is a real New York secret source.  Every object in there seems to have its own special story.  There are items here you won’t find anywhere else.

Want a unique statement necklace that no one else will have?  Now  you know where to go.

MAD Museum NYC

Stumped for a house gift?  Check out these gorgeous vessels.

MAD Museum NYC

 

The black and white pottery made in Virginia is fantastic, and the laminated wood bowls  by Robert Jones have grabbed my heart.

 

MAD Museum NYC

And yes, like most museum shops,  MAD carries art and design books of all sorts, but this pop-up book of flowers is especially endearing.

MAD Museum NYC

MAD is located on Columbus Circle.  Stop in, even if you only have time for the lobby and the shop.

MAD Museum NYC

All photos by Lynn Byrne.

 

Author: Lynn Byrne

Lynn Byrne is the New York-based editor of Decor Arts Now, a design blog featuring decorative and fine art in the everyday. While Lynn has worn many hats in her day: lawyer, mother, interior designer, and now blogger, she credits her years at Sotheby’s as most influential on her point of view. As a young girl she proclaimed to her parents that she wanted to live a “cosmopolitan life,” and that is just what she does. You can count on Lynn to report on every stylish nook and cranny in her beloved New York City, its environs, Montauk, and the Hamptons.