Paola Antonelli is an Italian author, editor, architect, and curator. She is currently the Senior Curator of the Department of Architecture & Design as well as the Director of R&D at The Museum of Modern Art, New York City.
With her shows at New York's Museum of Modern Art, she celebrates design's presence in every part of life. She has worked on shows such as "Humble Masterpieces," which celebrated traditionally unheralded design icons such as the paperclip; "Design and the Elastic Mind," considering the relationship between design and science; "Talk to Me," which looked at design and the communication of people and objects; "Items: Is Fashion Modern?" which highlighted the 111 items of clothing that had a strong impact on the world in the past 120 years (including the hoodie); and "Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival", introducing the concept of "restorative design."