Stephen H. Van Dyk

Dots, Dots, Dots


De la loi du contraste des couleurs, by French chemist Michel-Eugène Chevreul (1786-1889), is a compendium of color design principles and one of the first systematic studies of color perception. The manual is based on Chevreul’s observations and experiments when he was Director of Dyes at the Manufacture des Gobelins tapestry works in 1824. Soon after his appointment, he received complaints about the lack of intensity in the tapestry colors at the manufactory.
colors, color perception, color theory, Michel-Eugène Chevreul, books, National Design Library

Fair Women


Art and Handicraft in the Women’s Building of the World’s Columbian Exposition, edited by Maud Howe Elliot (1854-1948), noted author and daughter of anti-slavery activist Julia Ward Howe, consists of 30 articles by women on work and issues related to women as celebrated in the Women’s Building at the Chicago’s World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. 
world's fair, Sophia Hayden, Alice C. Morse, World's Columbian Exposition Chicago 1893, Maud Howe Elliot, books, National Design Library

Fantasy Fireplaces


Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778), an Italian architect, designer, antiquarian and engraver, created Diversi maniere d'adornare I cammini: ed ogni altra parte degli edifizi  (Various ways of decorating chimneypieces and other parts of the house) in 1769.
fireplaces, mantels, interior design, neoclassicism, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

National Design Library Moves into New Spaces


The Carnegie Mansion on Fifth Avenue, home of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, is closed for the next two years as it undergoes extensive renovations. The Museum’s National Design Library – established in the 1890s by the Museum’s founders, the Hewitt Sisters, at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art – has occupied the Mansion’s third floor since the collections were obtained by the Smithsonian in the 1970s
library, move, new space, Miller-Fox Houses, state-of-the-art, reading room, stacks

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