Object of the Day

Discover a different object from the Museum’s collection every day of the week!

Museum curators, conservators, and educators, as well as design enthusiasts like our teen Design Scholars, docents, and Master’s students, are sharing their favorite objects from Cooper-Hewitt’s incredible collection.

Many of these objects will be featured in the expanded collection galleries when Cooper-Hewitt reopens in 2014. Until then, “Object of the Day” is your uniquely-curated corner of the Museum!

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Cushy Cardboard

Posted by Cynthia Trope, on Thursday February 28, 2013


Frank O. Gehry, chaise longue, New City Editions, cardboard, Architect-designed furniture

Looking into the Future

Posted by Gregory Herringshaw, on Wednesday February 27, 2013

I have always been fascinated by these wallpapers with flying space ships and astronaut papers designed for boys in the 1950s. With their scenes of lunar landings and astronauts charting their progress, they really were looking to the future. Printed in 1954 this paper pre-dates Sputnik, the Soviet Union’s successful launch of the world’s first satellite in 1957, and the first walk on the moon by Neil Armstrong in 1969. This is one of many wallpapers featuring space ships and astronauts designed for boys in the 1950s.

wallpaper, outer space, astronaut, moon, lunar

Sea of Mystery

Posted by Alison Charny, on Tuesday February 26, 2013

This design for a stained glass window of a mermaid beneath the sea was commissioned by Associated Artists (the decorating firm of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Candace Wheeler, with (at times) Samuel Colman and Lockwood de Forest) for the Manhattan home of Wells Fargo President Ashbel H.

Elihu Vedder, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Candace Wheeler, Samuel Colman, Lockwood de Forest, Associated Artists, New York, stained glass, drawing

The Wikipedians are coming and we've opened the doors

Posted by Micah Walter, on Monday February 25, 2013

One of the main goals with our new collections website has been to create connections between the Cooper-Hewitt collection and the rest of the world that already exist out on the Internet. Wikipedia is a key part of that world, and Wikipedia is becoming more 'museum-friendly' every day.

A Busman’s Holiday

Posted by Gail S. Davidson, on Sunday February 24, 2013

Winslow Homer and his brother Charles Savage Homer Jr.

Winslow Homer, Charles Savage Homer Jr., Quebec, Canada, fishing, Lake St. George, watercolor

Noah's Ark

Posted by Alison Charny, on Saturday February 23, 2013

In this ornate design made of cut paper, contemporary artist Ernst Oppliger depicts three pairs of couples in windows at the top of a towering structure, while the windows below contain silhouettes of many exotic animals, including elephants, giraffes, and ostriches.

Ernst Oppliger, cut paper, silhouette, Switzerland, religious subjects, animals

Nothing's Flocking

Posted by Joanna Burgess, on Friday February 22, 2013

Christina Malman was born in Southhampton, England in 1912. When she was two year’s old she moved to New York City, where she lived and worked for the rest of her life. Christina began her career as a cover artist for the “New Yorker” magazine in the mid 1930’s. Over the course of twenty years, she designed numerous covers, 34 of which were actually published by the New Yorker.  She also drew more than 500 "spot" illustrations, many of which were used in the “Goings on About Town” section of the magazine.

New Yorker, magazine cover, Audobon, bird watching, satire

Back to the Futurists

Posted by Stephen H. Van Dyk, on Wednesday February 20, 2013

 Les mots en liberté futuristes (Futurist Words in Freedom), published in 1919, has an ingenious typographic design and an explosive layout.   Its different styles and sizes of typeface defied traditional rules of structure and punctuation and heralded a revolution in modern visual communication.

Marinetti, Filippo Tommasco, futurism, typography, graphic design
Typographic design by Marinetti

Chicken Point Cabin

Posted by Gail S. Davidson, on Tuesday February 19, 2013

Tom Kundig, Olson Kundig Architects, Architecture, drawing, Idaho, vacation, hand-crafted

The Lure of the Peacock: Iridescence and Immortality

Posted by Sarah Coffin, on Monday February 18, 2013

Objects have many stories but this vase connects different cultures and different periods in more ways than most.  When it appeared in Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008 at CHNDM, the Peacock Vase represented with its organic, sinuous forms the re-emergence of a curvilinear aesthetic in the Art Nouveau era of the Rococo style created in the 18th century.

Louis Comfort Tiffany, Tiffany glass, iridescence, peacock, Loetz, India, Iran, aesthetic, William de Morgan