Research in Progress

Meet the Hewitts: Part Six


Meet the Hewitts: Part Five sketched the active lifestyle at the Hewitt country home, Ringwood Manor.  This month, April, will focus on Paris (of course) and explore how the sisters planned a museum for Cooper Union.
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Meet the Hewitts: Part Five


Meet the Hewitts: Part Four described the Hewitts going to Gilded Age balls and their love of fashion and entertaining.  This month let’s enjoy their country lifestyle at Ringwood Manor.
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Meet the Hewitts: Part Three


Last month’s snippet, Meet the Hewitts: Part Two,  focused on the education and family life of the young Hewitt children.  Now we move on to Sarah and Eleanor’s formative years. 
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Meet the Hewitts: Part Two


In last month’s Meet the Hewitts “snippet” you met the Cooper and Hewitt grandparents and Amelia Cooper and Abram Hewitt.  This brief chapter pictures the early years of the Hewitt children.
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Meet the Hewitts


This is the story of the Hewitt sisters, Amelia, Sarah and Eleanor, and their family. You will meet and get to know them all in twelve monthly “snippets.” We think that Sarah and Eleanor, who never married, were remarkable as independent women who not only were pioneers in the field of design education but successfully pursued their dream of opening a unique museum at Cooper Union. The snippets will touch on issues of women’s education, design for American industry, life in the Gilded Age, fashion, travel, and most important, the early days of the Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration, now our Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.
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Design and Food Journal 03: Slowing Down


Over the past few months, a number of design and food trends have been catching my attention. One is the idea of slowing down, inherent in the work of many student design projects I’ve recently seen. Afterall, what can (hopefully) inspire us to slow down more than food? When preparing it, we are held to food’s properties and ritualized making. When eating it, we savor the present moment when a delicious bite hits our tongue. In harvesting it, we respect its cycles. The mass production of food during the twentieth century gave us bland, processed, and thoughtless food experiences that many designers, chefs, farmers, artisans, and others are seeking to overturn with an emphasis on rediscovering our gastronomical roots. Design students are very much a part of this conversation, proposing solutions that provide provocative commentary.
Design and Food, food, contemporary design, exhibitions, student work, ECAL, Design Academy Eindhoven, Jinhyun Jeon, Coen de Koning, Laurent Beirnaert, Pierre Bouvier, Paul Tubiana
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Design and Food Journal 02: Pop-ups


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
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Design and Food Journal 01: Planting the Flag


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