furniture design

The spirit of the age

In 2011, Italian designer Michele de Lucchi (b. 1951) reflected in an interview, “design is truly a kind of witness to history. Design documents the spirit of the age.” [1]  His 1981 drawing of Two Designs for Tables (and Three Designs for Tables) is an example of how design records its historical and cultural context, and reflects the nature of that time.
Michele de Lucchi, furniture design, table, drawing, Postmodernism, Memphis, Studio Alchimia

There’s intrigue in the ordinary

Sometimes it’s the seemingly insignificant that holds the most meaning.
Constantin Boym, Vitaly Komar, Alex Melamid, Sears, drawing, furniture design, sofa

Imperfect Beauty

Visionary, prophetic, subversive, and marginal all describe the Italian architect and designer, Gaetano Pesce, whose innovative experiments with materials and production methods transform common industrial materials into expressive shapes for objects, furniture, and interiors. For Pesce, designing is not so much about form or aesthetics as it is about the discovery of new materials and technological processes.
gaetano pesce, chair, Nobody's Perfect, plastic, I Separabili, furniture design

Furniture in the Collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum

Publication design: Heidi Humphrey
furniture design, furniture, craftsmanship, permanent collection, ch:exhibition=35349929

2011 National Design Awards: Corporate and Institutional Achievement - Knoll

Hans and Florence Knoll founded their company in 1938 on the belief that good design enriches our lives. That belief thrives today at Knoll through their pioneering analysis of work patterns, reimagining furniture for the ever-changing workplace, and setting standards for sustainable design. Throughout its history, Knoll has fostered the most innovative designers of our time—many here in this room tonight—with one constant goal: a genuine balance of art and industry.
Knoll, furniture design, furniture, National Design Awards, National Design Award for Corporate and Institutional Achievement, 2011

The Cooper-Hewitt Collection: Furniture

This exhibition showcases furniture from the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Examples range from 17th-century England and 18th-century designs by Michelangelo Pergolesi to 20th-century pieces by Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Eames, and Marcel Breuer.
furniture design, furniture, craftsmanship, exhibitions, permanent collection, ch:exhibition=35349929

Innovative Furniture in America

A major retrospective of the innovative materials and mechanical gadgetry that has enabled 19th- and 20th-century American furniture to fold, retract, recline, and change form. Patent drawings and photographs accompany the furniture on display. 
furniture design, American, traveling exhibitions


This is the first major exhibition of Memphis furniture, ceramics, glassware, and drawings in New York City. Established in 1981 in Milan, Memphis is a design movement that defies the rules of classic, functional design. Works are on view from an international set of Memphis designers and architects, including Ettore Sottsass, Matteo Thun, Marco Zanini, Gerard Taylor, Martine Bedin, Michele de Lucchi, George Sowden, Andrea Branzi, Aldo Cibic, and Peter Shire. The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum is the final stop on this traveling exhibition's tour.
Memphis, drawings, furniture design, ceramics, glassware, Italy, 1980s, 20th century, traveling exhibitions

Vienna/New York: The Work of Joseph Urban

This retrospective of the Austian-born architect, Joseph Urban, shows the breadth of his work through drawings, photographs, stage set models, and furniture designs. In addition to architectural projects such as the New School for Social Research building and the Hearst Corporation building, both in Manhattan, Urban was commissioned to design many theatrical productions including a dozen Ziegfeld Follies and more than 50 productions for the Metropolitan Opera Company.
Architecture, architectural drawings, theatrical design, furniture design, Joseph Urban, New York City, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35349349

Initial Concepts: Dakota Jackson

Drawings by American furniture designer Dakota Jackson, selected from the Museum's collection. 
furniture design, Dakota Jackson, drawings, permanent collection, exhibitions