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Image of two silhouettes in an architectural rendering of a room with pattern all over the walls and one of the people is hunched over a table, as if to draw. on the right, a different image of a woman sketching on a digital table, drawing a thick black line over the contour of a drawn teacup.
Announcing Dec. 12 Opening of Renovated Carnegie Mansion and Inaugural-Year Exhibitions
June 17, 2014 NEW YORK Caroline Baumann, director of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (formerly Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum), today announced plans for the opening of the renovated and restored Carnegie Mansion and the 10 exhibitions that will inaugurate the revamped and expanded gallery spaces. The nation’s only museum devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary...
three-story mansion with brick exterior and sand colored windowsills with climbing wisteria vines and blue sky above.
Annual Fund
Contributions to Cooper Hewitt’s Annual Fund provide crucial support to every aspect of the museum’s broad range of programs, exhibitions, and operations. Your generosity ensures that these outstanding programs continue to educate, inspire, and empower people through design.
Design Dictionary: Tapestry Weaving
See how tapestry weaving works in this short video. Nadia Yaron demonstrates three types of tapestry joins in her Brooklyn storefront studio, Nightwood. What differentiates tapestry weaving from plain weaving is that in a tapestry, the weaver changes weft threads at will as she weaves them across the piece. By doing this, she can create...
Design Dictionary: Stone Lithography
See how stone lithography works in this short video. Deborah Chaney, a professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, demonstrates this technique in the Pratt print shop. This print took about 4 hours total. About this series: Design Dictionary is a new Cooper Hewitt video series that vividly illustrates a wide variety of creative...
Design Dictionary: Screen Printing
See how screen printing works in this short video. Master Printer Erik Hougen demonstrates how to screen print an image. He is working at the Lower East Side printshop in Manhattan, New York. The image being printed is a typewriter in the Cooper Hewitt collection. This print took about 2 hours total. About this series:...
Design Dictionary: Papermaking
See how paper is made by hand in this short video. Paper maker and educator Amy Jacobs demonstrates the basics of this technique at Dieu Donné papermill in Manhattan. This paper making project took about 3 hours of active work, plus about 48 hours of air-drying. About this series: Design Dictionary is a new Cooper...
Design Dictionary: Offset Lithography
See how offset lithography works in this short video. Kim Michalak shows how to print in four different colors on the offset proof press at Derriere L’etole studio in Manhattan, New York. This print took about 3 hours total. About this series: Design Dictionary is a new Cooper Hewitt video series that vividly illustrates a...
Design Dictionary: Laser Cutting
See how laser cutting works in this short video. Elizabeth Vilchis and Joe Borello demonstrate how to create a simple shape on the laser cutter. They are working at the Zahn Center in Manhattan, New York. This piece took about 1 hour to configure and cut. About this series: Design Dictionary is a new Cooper...
Design Dictionary: Glassblowing
See how glassblowing works in this short video. Partner glassblowers Romina Gonzales and Edison Zapata demonstrate how to blow a simple drinking cup. They are working in the new studios at UrbanGlass, in Brooklyn. This project took about 1 hour total. About this series: Design Dictionary is a new Cooper Hewitt video series that vividly...
Design Dictionary: Needle Felting
See how needle felting works in this short video. David Morgan from Etsy demonstrates how to make simple felt beads. This string of beads took about 45 minutes to make. About this series: Design Dictionary is a new Cooper Hewitt video series that vividly illustrates a wide variety of creative techniques. Covering everything from glassblowing...