Why Preserve Modern Now?


  • Bárbara Coutinho Director of MUDE – Design and Fashion Museum





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


Coming to design in a natural development from architectural practice, Le Corbusier considered design not as a sum or addition to architecture. Its existence decisively constructed and modulated interior space, as light and shadows, materials or planes. From that belief, he quests the perfect and ideal form that asserts itself as a model of universal validity, arriving at three different furniture types: type–needs, type–furniture and human limb objects. Consequently, together with Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret, in 1928 he drew the prototype of the Grand Confort armchair, presented the following year at the Salon d’Automne in Paris.

How to Cite

Coutinho, B. (2012). Why Preserve Modern Now?. Docomomo Journal, (46), 6–9. https://doi.org/10.52200/46.A.RNQ217BP




Author Biography

Bárbara Coutinho, Director of MUDE – Design and Fashion Museum

Born in Lisbon in 1971, she is the Director of MUDE – Design and Fashion Museum, Francisco Capelo’s Collection since 2006. Member of Francisco Capelo’s Collection Management Board. Invited Assistant Professor in Instituto Superior Técnico and collaborator in the Curatorial Studies Master in Lisbon University. Master in Contemporary Art History with the thesis Carlos Ramos. Architecture, thinking and action: the search for bringing together Tradition and Modernity. At present she is developing a PhD on the phenomenology of the contemporary exhibition space. Curator of MUDE Permanent Exhibition, “Seeds, Capital Value” (2010), “It’s forbidden to forbid!” (2009) or “7 Environments/ 7 Designers” (2002). Author of “Sena da Silva, Designer” (2009) and “Unique and Multiple” (2011), signing essays and articles on contemporary creation, design, architecture and museology. Has also participated in conferences, juries and seminars. Between 1998 and 2006, was curator of the program of lectures about contemporary art/design/architecture and coordinator of the educational department of Centro Cultural de Belém.


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