Design

For eight decades since its inception, The Chicago Athenaeum continues the organisation of the program to create an awareness about contemporary design and to honor both products and industry leaders in design and manufacturing that have chartered new directions for innovation and pushed the envelope for competitive products in the world marketplace. Good Design® was founded in Chicago in 1950 by Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., Eero Saarinen, and Charles and Ray Eames. Mort Goldsholl also created the iconic Good Design logo in 1950.

The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and Metropolitan Arts Press 
Ltd. present the Museum’s annual GOOD DESIGN® Awards Program for the most innovati-
ve and cutting-edge industrial, product, and graphiτc designs produced around the world. 
The deadline for this year’s submission is June 1st, 2019.

Each year, The Chicago Athenaeum presents the GOOD DESIGN® Awards Program for the 
most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product, and graphic designs produced around 
the world.

HISTORY 1950-2019 – SIXTY NINE YEARS
The GOOD DESIGN® exhibition program began 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: Museum of Architecture and Design. 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.

Now in its 69th year, GOOD DESIGN® is the oldest and the most prestigious Awards Program 
organized worldwide. Founded in Chicago in 1950 by the former MoMA curator Edgar
Kaufmann, Jr., together with such pioneers in modern design as Charles and Ray Eames, 
Russel Wright, George Nelson, and Eero Saarinen, GOOD DESIGN® honors the yearly 
achievements of the best industrial and graphic designers and world manufacturers for 
their pursuit of extraordinary design excellence.

For over seven decades since its inception, The Chicago Athenaeum continues the 
organization of the program to create a revived awareness about contemporary design and 
to honor both products and industry leaders in design and manufacturing that have chartered 
new directions and pushed the envelope for competitive products in the world marketplace.

Every year, designers and manufactures in about 50 nations are honored for their singular 
achievements in producing hallmarks of contemporary design. For 67 years, everything and 
anything produced in and for the environment from a paperclip to a Boeing 787 Dreamliner 
or NASA Space Ship have been honored. 

The GOOD DESIGN logo was designed by Chicago designer, Mort Goldsholl, in 1950.