Partners in Design : A journey into Good Design

A journey into Good Design

Good Design is a fundamental part of our daily lives and a powerful force that has evolved over time. In the 1930s, Alfred H. Barr Jr., the first director of the Museum of Modern Art, and his curator Philip Johnson were friends and partners who helped define Good Design.

This virtual exhibit produced by The Stewart Program for Modern Design explores objects from the past and present that connect with our daily lives. Join us on this journey to see how design plays an integral part in your life.


Good Design has always revolved around the core principles of simplicity, functionality and innovation.

In this section, you will explore the history and current trends behind the concept of Good Design. See how 10 simple commandments have changed the history of design and discover 20 everyday objects of Good Design.


Discover the modern architecture and design from 1920s and 1930s Europe that inspired Barr and Johnson, who promoted Good Design in America.

See how Good Design has been popular through the decades, and let us introduce to you the remarkable Liliane Stewart and her collecting philosophy.

Photo: © Estate of Herbert Bayer / SOCAN (2019).


Whether it is a building within your city or a chair from home, Good Design can be experienced all around you and across Canada.

Curious about Canada’s best architecture and design? Visit our Explore section to find out more!