women and design

Precious Jewelry of Hair: A Brooch and Bracelet Set for Mourning


In the genteel Victorian parlor, fashionable women participated in various leisurely pursuits, like making needlework and playing musical instruments. In what today is a more unusual activity, women transformed the hair of a loved one—either deceased or living—into a picture to be hung on the wall or into a piece of jewelry to be worn. Although hair work in England existed as early as the seventeenth century, it expanded in the nineteenth century as one of the many mourning customs women practiced.
jewelry, hair, mourning, nineteenth century, women, women and design

Cooper-Hewitt: Design Your Life with Ellen Lupton


Ellen Lupton has been Cooper-Hewitt's curator of contemporary design since 1992. Her new book, Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things (St. Martins Press, May 2009), is co-authored with her twin sister Julia. Design Your Life takes an irreverent and realistic look at everything from toasters, bras, and pillows to housekeeping and procrastination. Speaking to readers who are both design-conscious and consumer-wary, Design Your Life taps into the popular interest in design as well as peoples desire to make their own way through a mass-produced world.
graphic design, women and design, productivity, signage, toasters, ergonomics, behavior, toilet paper, design thinking, Ellen Lupton, office design, smart appliances, Design Your Life, visibility principle, talk, long, public program

Design Process: Cheryl R. Riley


A solo exhibition of furniture design by Cheryl R. Riley, the founder and principal designer of Right Angle Interiors in San Francisco. Many of her design commissions are on display, such as work for the San Francisco Bayview Police Station and a pair of coin-encrusted Tudor Tables. Riley is deeply influenced by her African-American heritage, which is reflected in her choices of material and form. Riley's work is now a part of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s African-American Design Archives.
furniture, American, African-American, women and design, tables, exhibitions, permanent collection