grand tour

Fashionable cases fit for travel


Accessories were an important component of the well-traveled, and a number of travel cases in the collection exemplify the extent to which designers, and their patrons, celebrated their adventures and flaunted their status. Travel cases, made by companies such as Asprey & Son, became fashionable during the eighteenth century, when the Grand Tour was an essential part of a young man’s education.
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A Parure To Remember


For years people have bought souvenirs as reminders of their journeys. They are an echo of the places visited and of the sights seen. Collecting souvenirs was an important part of the overall travel experience for the 19th-century tourist. To be seen as a person of the world was a status symbol, and was important to members of “high society.” By the early 19th-century, Italy had become a popular destination for well-to-do Europeans and Americans.
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Bill's Design Talks: Michael Graves


Internationally renowned architect and designer Michael Graves will provide an intimate portrait of his celebrated career and discuss the influences that shaped his thinking and approach to design—from his early days as a student and a recipient of the prestigious Prix de Rome fellowship, to his distinguished academic career at Princeton University and the development of his firm into a global design enterprise practicing architecture, interior design, product design, and graphic design.
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Excavating Design: 18th century Drawings and Prints from the Permanent Collection


The inaugural exhibition in Cooper-Hewitt’s new Ground Floor Gallery, Excavating Design showcases the Museum’s collection of works by 18th century artists such as Piranesi and Le Lorrain that express a fascination with the design vocabulary of ancient Rome. Also on view is a selection of period objects from the souvenir trade that was built around the ritual of the Grand Tour.
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