Design News

Object of the Month: Finnish Hop

Posted by Susan Brown, on Wednesday October 03, 2012

The Lindy Hop was a swing dance phenomenon, but the Finnish Hop? 

This lively design was produced by the artists’ collective know as The Folly Cove Designers, for its location near Gloucester on the Massachusetts coast. Many Finnish immigrants had settled there, attracted by skilled work in the granite quarries or the boat building industry. At least half a dozen Finnish immigrants or Finnish-Americans were members of the collective, including Eino Natti and Aino Clarke, who produced large numbers of textile designs.

textile design, Virginia Demetrios, The Folly Cove Designers, Object of the Month, 20th century, American, dance

Design and Food Journal 02: Pop-ups

Posted by Andrea Lipps, on Friday September 28, 2012

The London Design Festival has since passed (it was held September 14 – 23), but in the myriad reports that surfaced online, one trend held my attention: the design and food pop-up.

Design and Food, food, contemporary design, exhibitions, pop-up, Arabeschi di Latte, Faye Toogood, Haptic Thought, DesignMarketo, Linda Monique, Tom Dixon, Paul Cocksedge

Design and Food Journal 01: Planting the Flag

Posted by Andrea Lipps, on Wednesday September 05, 2012

In this Research-in-Progress blog series, I’ll be testing ideas and sharing what piques my interest around design and food, part of early ongoing research I’m undertaking here at Cooper-Hewitt in preparation for an exhibition. I view this space as an important part of the process, pulling back the curtain, if you will, on initial thinking that will shape the exhibition. Consider it your special backstage tour. This journal will therefore get messy, but that’s precisely the intention – to have a space where ideas can emerge, develop, be thrown out or be enriched. I’m thirsty for suggestions and feedback, so please do share.

Design and Food, food, contemporary design, ceramics, exhibitions

Meet the Staff: Kimberly Cisneros

Posted by Laurie Olivieri, on Wednesday September 05, 2012

Kimberly Cisneros, School & Tours Manager, shares her experience working at Cooper-Hewitt.

meet the staff, museum, education, design, tours

Blowing in the Mind

Posted by Caitlin Condell, on Tuesday September 04, 2012

Blowing in the Mind/Mister Tambourine Man. Martin Sharp. 1968. Screenprint on copper foil paper, 29 5/16 x 19 3/8 in. Gift of Sara and Marc Benda. 2009-12-25

Martin Sharp, Albrecht Dürer, Bob Dylan, music, wood block prints, screenprint, Australian graphic design, graphic design, knots, Northern Renaissance, Germany, London, Donovan, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, woodcut, human reasoning, sunglasses, portraits

Never Fast Forward the Credits!

Posted by Sarah Hopkins, on Friday August 24, 2012

One focus of Cooper-Hewitt’s current exhibition, Graphic Design—Now in Production, is the field of motion graphics. The exhibition features the opening credits of television series, like Six Feet Under and Dexter. Cooper-Hewitt asked Twitter followers which TV shows and movies they thought feature great title sequence design. A big thank you to followers @Epavisha, @Kmhaag, @Kelseykrz, @Cmoa, and @Yarngeek for their keen eyes for graphics on screen. And, next time you go to the movies, give credit to the credits!

movies, graphic design, exhibitions, film, film credits

NYC Teachers Register Now for Free Design Workshops!

Posted by Kimberly Cisneros, on Wednesday August 15, 2012

This is the second year Cooper-Hewitt's Design Educators are going into New York City schools and leading free design workshops!  Target Design K-12:  Design in the Classroom web site  has a revised Teacher Resource Packet that includes all the valuable feedback given by teachers who participated last year. 

school programs, Design in the Classroom, K-12 grades, design thinking

Meet the Staff: Robert Nachman

Tuesday July 31, 2012

In the first of our staff profiles, Robert Nachman, Director of Retail, shares his experience working at Cooper-Hewitt.

news, shop, meet the staff, cooper-hewitt

Shout about design

Posted by Cynthia E. Smith, on Monday July 30, 2012

Access to clean drinking water, sustainable energy sources and changes in the environment are some of the challenges faced by many around the world. Designers, from the Australia to Bangladesh, are responding with innovative design solutions.

sustainable design, design, Design for the Other 90%, water, education

adAPTing to Small Living

Posted by Jocelyn Groom, on Monday July 30, 2012

I’ve long admired Donald Deskey’s drawing, Design for "Sportshack" (1940) in the Cooper Hewitt’s collection. When I first saw it, I immediately imagined what it might be like to live in this elegantly proportioned little gem of a house. As one half of a couple sharing our own micro-apartment,  I understand the challenges of paring personal belongings and selecting furniture that does double or even triple duty.

sustainability, collection, Social Awareness & Sustainability, living, architecture and design