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Cooper-Hewitt: Rococo, The Continuing Curve


From its inception, exuberant, organic, and sensuous rococo style has inspired subsequent revivals and new movements. As rococo's influence once again gains momentum, Cooper-Hewitt invites scholars Laura Auricchio and Paul Greenhalgh to discuss the social and cultural histories behind rococo in eighteenth-century France and its revival in Art Nouveau at the end of the nineteenth century.
rococo, continuing curve, Exhibition, 18th century, France, 19th century, revival, Art Nouveau, Laura Auricchio, Paul Greenhalgh, gail davidson, talk, long, public program

Cooper-Hewitt: House Proud - Revealing Interiors


As documents of domestic life, the watercolors featured in House Proud celebrate nineteenth-century interiors and the designers that conceived of them. Cooper-Hewitt invites contemporary designers Hermes Mallea, Carey Maloney, Mitchell Owen, and Thomas Jayne to join exhibition curator Gail Davidson for a roundtable discussion on residential interior design, historic restorations, design promotion, and the role of the interior space as a source of pride, convenience, personal status, and presentation then and now. Participants Hermes Mallea, M (Group) Carey Maloney, M (Group)
House Proud, Exhibition, interiors, 19th century, watercolors, Thaw Collection, Hermes Mallea, Carey Maloney, Mitchell Owen, Thomas Jayne, Designer, gail davidson, curator, residential interior design, historic renovation, design promotion, interior space, domestic life, panel, talk, long, public program

Cooper-Hewitt Visits Smart Design


The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt has recently acquired several original prototypes and drawings used to develop OXO's Good Grips product line. Cooper-Hewitt curators identified this line for the museum's collection because the products were a game-changing innovation iconic of late 20th century design. Watch this video to learn more about the story behind the objects.
Smart Design, davin stowell, dan formosa, gail davidson, cindy trope, sarah coffin, product design, ID, Industrial Design, NYC, oxo, good grips, ergonomics, late 20th century design

Rococo: The Continuing Curve


In March 2008, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present Rococo: The Continuing Curve, 1730–2008, a groundbreaking exhibition that fully explores rococo style and its continuing revivals up to the present day in multiple fields, including furniture, decorative arts, textiles, prints, and drawings. 
Rococo: The Continuing Curve, exhibitions, rococo, furniture design, decorative arts, textiles, prints, drawings, sarah coffin, Ellen Lupton, gail davidson, Penelope Hunter-Stiebel, ch:exhibition=35350903
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Positively Prints


Members were treated to a “Curator’s Breakfast” – a preview of the IFPDA Print Fair – with Cooper-Hewitt’s Dr. Gail Davidson, Curator and Head of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department.
IFPDA, International Fine Print Dealers Association, Print Fair, 2010, annual, members, preview, gail davidson, curator, drawings, prints, graphic design, Carl Solway Gallery, Galerie St Etienne, Fine Art Society, Gemini GEL, Pace Prints, Mixographia

New Digital Type: Restraint


One of the pieces featured in Cooper-Hewitt’s “Digital Typography” installation is a booklet published by Fox River paper company in 2006, showcasing the masterful lettering designs of Marian Bantjes, a designer living off the coast of Vancouver.    
digital, type, typography, font, recent acquisitions, digital typography, installation, graphic design, type design, post-modern, gail davidson, curator, Ellen Lupton, contemporary, typefaces, Marian Bantjes, Restraint, sinuous, Modular

Recent Acquisitions: Digital Typography


When it came to selecting the font for the introductory panel, since this was an installation about typography, I wanted to use a typeface that was distinctive from the Cooper-Hewitt house font which is News Gothic.
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