As part of CreativeMornings’s fifth birthday, Paola Antonelli gives her best advice.

Paola Antonelli was one of the many speakers at our Birthday Bash, celebrating five years of CreativeMornings! We invited back some past speakers to offer up the advice they wish they received when they first graduated.

About the speaker

Paola Antonelli is on a mission to introduce – and explain – design to the world. With her shows at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, she celebrates design’s presence in every part of life. Since she stepped back from practicing architecture in order to focus on writing about design, teaching and curating gallery exhibitions, Italian native Paola Antonelli has become a force to be reckoned with in the design world. Working at the Museum of Modern Art in New York since 1994, she now heads up the gallery’s Architecture and Design department and has worked on shows such as “Humble Masterpieces,” which celebrated traditionally unheralded design icons such as the paperclip; “Safe,” considering issues of protection, and “Workspheres,” a look at contemporary workplace design. Ever mindful that the majority of visitors to MOMA are attracted by artists such as Picasso and Matisse, Antonelli works to ensure that if they do stumble across a design-related show, they’ll be both entertained and enlightened.

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