Humble Masterpieces: Everday Marvels of DesignI went to the MoMa (Museum of Modern Art) for the first time a couple of days ago, and it was great! I spent most of my time on the 3rd floor where all the photography and architecture & design areas were. Naturally, I was impressed, so when it was time to leave, I spent a few more minutes in the design store where I chose to purchase this book over the others.

Everything from the Post-it note to the Condom is covered in this book. With short historical descriptions of how each product came about, you learn about the fact that almost everything we use on a daily basis today was invented within the last century. If you're ever in the need of starting a conversation, you'll get plenty of ideas from this book. Everybody loves interesting facts - why else did the Snapple Facts under the caps become such a success?

Featuring 100 different items, this book is definitely something every designer and non-designer should own for the reason that you learn to appreciate it all in a whole new way. Come on, who wouldn't want to know that the amount of wire used to make Slinkys since 1943 could wrap around the earth 126 times (and growing)? More after the jump...

I paid the full price of $22 at the MoMa, but you can pick it up for a few bucks less over at Amazon.

Written by Paola Antonelli, she was recently ranked among the top 100 most powerful people in the world of art. She has set up exhibitions all over the world including Italy, France, and Japan. Quite impressive, if you asked me!

If you're ever in the "Big Apple," be sure to visit the MoMa and see the Architecture & Design department which she curated.