Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Curation, the care for and display of collections, used to be the exclusive province of museums. No longer. We’ve mentioned the blur between retail and museums before, and the Moss design store in New York offers as good a chance to catch up on the latest trends in the decorative arts as any museum. Murray Moss has been at this for 14 years and his store even has the look of a museum with sleek cabinets, guard rails and attendants telling you not to take photographs. All the objects on view are carefully selected and beautifully displayed thematically, chronologically, or according to some order more mysterious than either. It’s fitting that the first Moss store was opened in a space previously used as a dealer gallery.