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Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd. is the registered title of the publication house organized by the European Centre for Architecture Design and Urban Studies in a collaboration with the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.
The Publication House has existed for more than 20 years. For more than two decades, the press published annual award catalogues together with selected publications and tribute books, as well as catalogues on design, architecture, art, literature, and poetry.
Now in 2019 and as the world keeps changing, we stand on the idea creating an online store that not only provides easy access to all our participants in our annual award programs as a way to order their books, but to create book titles, tribute books, and also a great list of products that our audience will enjoy through our Good Design® program. Our goal is to add an online possibility for our visitors to have access to products that are really well designed. So what make us special?
Our point of view is uniquely informed by The Chicago Athenaeum in relationship to Good Design.
The GOOD DESIGN started as a partnership between the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Merchandise Mart in Chicago and is continued today by The Chicago Athenaeum. It was the first time that an art museum and a wholesale merchandising center joined forces to present “the best new examples in modern design in home furnishings.” The program called for three shows a year: one during the Chicago winter furniture market in January, another coinciding with the June summer market, and a November show based on the previous two exhibitions. Each year, a different prestigious designer was selected to curate the installation. Charles and Ray designed the 5,300-square-foot space for the inaugural installation in 1950, followed by Finn Juhl, Paul Rudolph, and Alexander Girard.
We hope our list in books and products together with the merchandise of The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre will make design accessible to as wide an audience as possible.