With stuff like the Perspective chair Pharrell made in 2008 and Jeff Koon's BMW M3 Art Car for Art Basel Miami Beach 2013, it's easy to see how Andy Warhol and Pop Art has influenced contemporary design, yet somehow the world had not seen a major show dedicated to the relationship between the two until last October.
An exhibition, called simply "Pop Art Design" opened at the Barbican Gallery in London back in October, and it features 200 works by over 70 great designers like Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, and Judy Chicago, alongside objects created by Charles and Ray Eames, Peter Murdoch, George Nelson, and more. But a visit to "Pop Art Design" feels less like a trip to a gallery than one to The Factory or one of Warhol's wild parties, complete with Verner Panton's neon-colored swimming pool. Despite past generations dismissing Pop Art as kitschy and cheap, people have grown to love pieces like the 1969 Leonardo sofa along with the rest of the bold paintings, prints, and furniture which fill the Barbican Gallery's space.
"Pop Art Design" is on view at the Barbican Gallery until February 9, so you still have some time to catch the vibrant show before it closes.