Toying with Design: Objects of Inspiration and Play

Thursday, February 16, 2023 - 6:00pm


Celebrate the closing of Toying with Design with SEGD San Diego and Mingei! Toying with Design is an exhibition currently on view at the Museum, featuring mass-produced toy-like utilitarian objects created by international architects and designers. These objects, paired with uniquely similar craft objects and folk art pieces from Mingei’s own collection, are infused with a familiar design that spans generations, inspires a sense of play, and makes everyday tasks more enjoyable.

As part of the celebration, guests are invited to participate in a design show-and-tell bringing in a personal object of inspiration and/or play from their own collection. This will be an informal gathering to converse about the everyday objects that inspire us to play as we work.

Questions to consider for our conversation:

  • Can an object really inspire you?
  • Or spark a memory?
  • Or carry you back to your childhood?
  • What objects encourage you to play?
  • What little trinket have you held on to for years, decades, or has been passed down through generations, that offers a spark of inspiration when you look at it, hold it, or use it (perhaps in an unintended way)?

Toying with Design will close on Feb. 29, so don’t miss one of the last opportunities to see this special exhibition.

Date and Time: Thu, February 16, 2023 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT

Location: Mingei International Museum 1439 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101

Admission General: $10 SEGD and Mingei Members: $5 Students: Free

This is an in-person event, and will follow all measures required by the Mingei International Museum to assure the safety of attendees.

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