Mingei International Museum
BALBOA PARK, PLAZA DE PANAMA
1439 EL PRADO, SAN DIEGO, CA 92101
TUESDAY - SUNDAY 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Many designers believe that form follows function—the idea that an object’s shape should necessarily be based on its intended purpose.
A favorite of Museum Director, Rob Sidner, this whisk was made from a single piece of bamboo that was split with a knife into inner and outer tines.
This “plyformed wood” leg splint was designed as a valuable contribution to World War II by Charles and Ray Eames.
Is this functional, or is it part of a fantasy?
This wooden spinning wheel hails from the only Shaker community in Connecticut, located in Enfield and known as the City of Union.
This lacquered leather and brass hat storage box was made for a Qing official’s court hat, which featured a round jewel insignia at the top.
Cast iron mechanical toy banks were popular in the last few decades of the 19th century, as a fun way for children to learn the art of thrift.