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The Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design collects international design from 1900 to the present and promotes scholarly research in the design and decorative arts field by engaging in a diversity of curatorial projects—including exhibitions, catalogues, films, and digital initiatives—that explore important aspects of 20th- and 21st-century design.

Current Project

Designed by Women

Greta Von Nessen
Anywhere Lamp
Designed 1951
Aluminum, enameled steel
Produced by Nessen Studio, Inc., New York, New York


Designed by Women explores international design from 1900 to the present, encouraging a deeper understanding of women’s contributions to design. Works are drawn from the Stewart Collection, formed under the leadership of philanthropist Liliane Stewart.


Funding for the Designed by Women project has been provided by: 


Richard Rumpf and Azul Bari


The Scotiabank Women Initiative



The Government of Canada


Birks Family Foundation

 Council for Canadian American Relations

The Drummond Foundation

Gestion PGA

Mawer Investment Management Ltd.

Luum Textiles


Recent Project

Partners in Design: A Journey Into Good Design

Naoto Fukasawa
Pop-Up Toaster
Designed 2015
Plastic, chromium-plated steel, rubber
Produced by Muji, Toshima, Tokyo, Japan
Fukasawa’s toaster design for Muji perfectly conforms to the midcentury mandates of Good Design: a minimal, unadorned design clearly expressing its function. 

The virtual exhibition is the second phase of a project that began with an object-based traveling exhibition and catalogue, Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson, which focused on how the Museum of Modern Art’s first director and curator introduced modernism to North America and helped define “Good Design.” extends the reach of the traveling exhibition, focusing on the concept of Good Design and the role of design in daily life. This website makes the principles of Good Design accessible to a broad international audience and includes a list of 100 significant architecture and design sites to visit in Canada. was developed with the support of the Virtual Exhibits Investment Program, Virtual Museum of CanadaThe project was executed in collaboration with Toast Studio, a Montreal-based branded-content agency, and digital-production firm Parkour3, a Montreal-based marketing and digital production company.