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Box, Jenny Lind Paper Doll Set, ca. 1850
Paper to Plastic: How Technology is Transforming Doll Design
In 1925 Cooper-Hewitt added to its collection “Jenny Lind Paper Doll, and Ten Costumes Designed for her Operatic Roles” from an unknown designer and was featured in the 2005 "Faster, Cheaper, Newer, More: Revolutions of 1848"  exhibition. Upon discovering it in the collection,  I was immediately drawn to it because some of my favorite childhood toys were...
Poster, The Birth of the Blues for Levi Strauss
Levi’s Design Stands the Test of Time
Who can forget those 1990’s Levi’s commercials – marketing sex appeal, celebrity fashion, romance and rock ‘n’ roll style!  Instilling marketing slogans like “Originals stand the test of time” and “The more you wash them the better they get,” Levi’s jeans are an iconic image of American culture and style. Today, Levi’s signature button down...
Bowl: Designed by Klaus Moje, 1981, This acquisition made possible through Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.1983-11-1
Something Brilliant to Behold
This bowl is a fantastic example of work by Klaus Moje, a master designer known to “paint with glass.” To design this object, Moje used kiln-formed fused twisted canes (glass that has been stretched into thin rods or strips) of semi-opaque red-orange glass with deep transparent blues.  Next, the strips were heat laminated together to...
New York City Ballet poster with four cartoon ballet foot poses
Inspired By and Designed for New York City Ballet
Edward Gorey, an author and illustrator known for his macabre stories was very passionate about ballet. One of his most well-known books is The Gilded Bat, the story of how Maudie, a girl given to staring at dead birds, is transformed into Mirelle, a chic and mysterious prima ballerina. The woeful tale chronicles her journey...
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Design in the Classroom Supports the Common Core Standards
Two years ago, the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum closed for renovations and the opportunity opened up to explore a school-based program: Design in the Classroom.  This free 45-minute, single visit workshop introduces K-12 students to design thinking.  In short, design thinking is a term describing the way designers critically assess the "things" all around us....
Pair of gates, each a mirror image of the other; gate -1 with handle. Each gate with geometric decoration in two sections: a tall narrow rectangular section at outer left of gate -1, and outer right of -2, hinged to a larger trapezoidal section. The narrow rectangular sections with decoration of 14 irregularly-stacked cogwheels. The trapezoidal sections with radiating arcs, lightning bolt-like forms and zigzag lines emanating from lower inside corners; cogwheels, spirals, and other shapes interspersed along inside edges; bottom edges with segmented border depicting stacks of coins.
A Timeless Portal
Originally designed and installed in the entrance to the executive office suite of the Chanin Building, this finely crafted pair of gates provide an excellent example of the important role metalwork played in defining the Art Deco style of New York skyscrapers and other buildings built from the mid-1920’s into the early 1940’s. American sculptor Rene Paul Chambellan created...
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NYC Teachers Register Now for a Free Design Workshop
This is the third year Cooper-Hewitt's Design Educators are going into New York City schools and leading free design workshops!  We are excited to bring in some new design challenges to the classrooms.  Registration is now available on-line for the 2013-2014 school year.    Target Design K-12 Design in the Classroom is a single 45-minute...
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Docents Stay Connected During Renovations
Written by Cooper-Hewitt Docent Anna Daley.  Anna is a graduate of the Cooper-Hewitt/Parsons the New School for Design Master's Program in the History of the Decorative Arts and Design. She teaches the History of Graphic Design at Parsons and the History of Industrial Design at Montclair State University.  When a museum goes dark, not only...
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Cooper-Hewitt presents national on-line resources at NAEA conference
  The 2013 National Art Education Association (NAEA) National Convention was held in Fort Worth, Texas on March 7 – 10. The NAEA Design Issues Group (DIG) invited Cooper-Hewitt to participate in their workshop “Classroom Design for Art Teachers and Students.”  The workshop included eight stations with various DIG members presenting.  My presentation was focused on Cooper-Hewitt’s...