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In 1994, Paola Antonelli applied to a job advert in the back pages of _i-D_ magazine for a curatorial position at MoMA. 23 years later she is senior curator of the museum’s architecture and design department and director of research and development. In two decades, Paola has built a legacy that has pushed the institution to consider video games museum worthy, the @ sign as an exhibit, emoticons as something we should immortalise and the humble white T-shirt as a historical artefact. But where does this passion for pushing the definition of design come from? And how has this been shaped over the years?