Museum stores have always been good for stocking art prints, exhibit catalogs, artist biographies, and presents for your mom. But the MoMA Design Store (the Museum of Modern Art’s retail arm) isn’t like other museum stores. Yes, you’ll find these standard museum wares there, but you’ll also discover a whole lot of delightful finds, like an ice shaver in the shape of a bear or an old-school boombox that plays cassette tapes and has Bluetooth speakers for streaming music.
What is it about these items that caught the eye of the store’s buyers and passed muster with the museum’s curatorial staff (every product has to be approved by them)? Chay Costello, MoMA retail’s associate director of merchandise, revealed the secret to Fast Company: “It’s design that is so scrupulously made to do something well,” she said, adding “and for utility.”
We recently checked out the store’s Organization & Tools department and found some really fun, “scrupulously made” storage and organization items for your home, all for under $100. Here are our 10 favorites (note: prices shown are for nonmembers; MoMA members receive a discounted price).