Author: Caitlin Condell

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A bedroom interior in black and white cow and speckled pattern motif of different sized splotches with a view of the dining room; furniture includes: armoire, bed, chairs.
How To: Mix Prints
Open an interior decoration magazine, peruse a sartorial blog, or catch-up with the latest fashion on television, and you’ll know mixing prints has been the trend for the last few seasons.  Endorsed as a risky and intimidating choice, it is often accompanied by a number of rules and guidelines. English-born industrial designer George J. Sowden...
Two registers. Upper register: a striped horizontal panel in black sits atop an orange rectangle, jutting diagonally, on a yellow square, also jutting diagonally, on the right of which is a half arc in yellow, and next to that is an aqua blue triangle; lower register: nearly identical form, but in place of the yellow square is a gray triangle, a yellow rectangle and a pink arc with a base.
The spirit of the age
In 2011, Italian designer Michele de Lucchi (b. 1951) reflected in an interview, “design is truly a kind of witness to history. Design documents the spirit of the age.” [1]  His 1981 drawing of Two Designs for Tables (and Three Designs for Tables) is an example of how design records its historical and cultural context, and...
Heart-shaped lasercut Valentine's day card
The Valentine as Art
A valentine from graphic designer Marian Bantjes is more than just a valentine—it is an artwork, to be cherished and displayed year-round. These unique cards are coveted by design enthusiasts; by lovers of ornament, who believe that at least sometimes, more is more; by the curious, the whimsical, and those who, like Bantjes, wonder. Each...
The text of poster announcing the movie "Niebelungen", where and when it will be shown, is symmetrically printed on red and black color-blocks, horizontally arranged on white ground. Imprinted accross top edge of the poster: "COLISEUM" ("KOLIZEY"); on either side: "Beginning November 17th"; below in the center: "Chistye Prudy, tel. 5-40-30"; accross middle in large red and white letters on black color-block: "NIEBELUNGEN" ("NIBELUNGI"). Imprinted below movie title in black on red color-band: "1st part "Siegfried/The film will be accompanied by the orchestra under dir(ection) of S. Plotnikov/Show times: weekdays 8 and 10:15, holidays 6 o'clock/Any passes are not valid." Imprinted accross bottom edge of poster: "Tip. "New Village" Moscow, 2nd Rybinskaya, #3. Edition of 1500. Mosc. Gublit No 1453."
An Operatic Movie Poster
To the western reader, graphic design of the early Soviet period carries a mysterious and even hyperactive aggressive effect. This feeling can certainly be attributed to the foreignness of the Cyrillic script, with its thick strokes, bold outlines, staggered and almost rudimentary spacing. When it’s illegible, the Russian alphabet bares some similarities to the Roman...
Deck of playing cards illustrating the sights of Yellowstone National Park. Uniform decoration on backs of buffalo and wild flowers. Gray cardboard box with gilded lettering and one card listing other games by the same company.
A Game of Natural Treasures
With the establishment of Yellowstone National Park on March 1, 1872, Americans began embracing the idea of preserving and protecting the best of the United States’ natural treasures for the benefit and enjoyment of generations to come. In the years following the end of the Civil War, an increasing number of travelers navigated the country...
Poster: A Red Present to the White Pan, A Red Gift to the White Pole, 1920. Designed by Dmitri Moor. Museum purchase through the gift of Mrs. John Innes Kane, 1992-123-1.
Bad Things Come in Large Packages
The color palette of contrasting red, black and white symbolized Russia’s Communist Revolution and represent the polarities in ideologies between the Socialist Reds and the Whites of the aristocracy. This Constructivist theory of art as political message was brilliantly depicted in El Lissitzky’s Beat the Whites With The Red Wedge, 1919. Rather than use abstract...
Poster for an international film exhibition with text and images in black, red and blue. A large blue square in lower right section depicting photographic reproduction of a man’s eyes and a red film strip of a woman. Text in red at oblique angle across square: FILM. Above, text in blue: INTERNATIONALE / TENTOONSTELLING / OP FILMGEBIED / [in black and red]: ITF. Lower left corner, text in red and blue: 14 APRIL / 15 MEI; 1928 GROOTE KONINKLIJKE / BAZAR ZEESTRAAT 82 / DEN HAAG.
Visual Verbal Wit
The ITF Internationale Tentoonstelling op Filmgebied (International film exhibition) poster is an unusual advertisement. The subject of the poster – an educational exhibition on the history of film, new technologies, screening (all film types including the avant-garde) and all other facets to the world of film – is reflected in the poster’s execution. The focus...
A house in middle surrounded by symmetrically arranged flower and topiary beds. A densely planted border of trees surrounds on three sides. Entrance to garden at center bottom edge of drawing.
Love Garden
Garden designers and brothers André and Paul Vera designed stunning landscape architecture that reflected the changing mode of the early 20thcentury and the shift toward rational modernism. Their unique vocabulary of geometric forms, symmetry and bold color contrasts, helped usher in the Art Moderne style, applying it not to just furniture and architecture, but the...
Poster: Shiseido Sun Oil, 1971. Designed by Shin Matsunaga Design Inc. Gift of Shin Matsunaga, 1992-144-30.
Show Some Skin
Though in western cultures, suntans are appreciated for their indication of good health and a leisurely lifestyle, the Japanese standard remained quite different even up to the mid-1960s. Since ancient times, Asian cultures have idealized lighter complexions because they indicated a person’s privileged status. Those people living richly enough to remain indoors maintained a whiter...
A shell-work fountain on a mound of rockwork in the foreground, with two monkeys at the left. In the background, a temple portico houses another fountain, with vase and pyramid beside it.
A Masterful Balance
This etching, a screen design by great artist François Boucher, is iconic for its inclusion of the French word rocaille. In the eighteenth century, rocaille referred to the irregular rockwork that was used to embellish picturesque grottos and garden fountains but the word has since come to be synonymous with the rococo as a style....