National Design Library

Linoleum Lives On

Turning the pages of this 1939 Armstrong pattern catalog brings me back to when I first moved into my apartment.
Linoleum, Floors, Armstrong Cork Company, Smithsonian Libraries, patterns, National Design Library

Timeless Sources: Rare Books in the Collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum

books, rare books, illustrated books, design books, permanent collection, National Design Library

Timeless Sources: Rare Books from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum

This exhibition highlights treasures from Cooper-Hewitt's National Design Library. A range of publications, from technical encyclopedias illustrating architectural processes to trade catalogs featuring feathers and fabric swatches are included. These rare books, dating from the 16th century to the modern day, present an illustrated history of architecture, interior design, furniture, landscape design, theatrical design, and the decorative arts.  
books, rare books, illustrated books, design books, National Design Library, exhibitions, permanent collection

Views of Rome: Drawings and Watercolors from the Collection of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana

Tour Rome as it was experienced by artists between the 16th and 19th centuries. This exhibition of drawings, watercolors, and illustrated books, by both prominent and lesser-known artists, captures the changing landscape of the city and its environs. Artists, draftsmen, and architects represented in the exhibition include Ferdinand Becker, Richard Wilson, Lady Elizabeth Susan Percy. Etienne Duperac, and Cornelis van Poelenburgh.
Thomas Ashby, Rome, drawings, watercolors, Vatican, National Design Library, traveling exhibitions

The Window Show

Fifteen participating designers chose objects from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s collections and National Design Library to decorate store windows for this off-site exhibition. 
permanent collection, National Design Library, fashion, exhibitions, Installations, New York City, retail

Made to Scale: Staircase Masterpieces—The Eugene & Clare Thaw Gift

In the fifth exhibition in the Nancy and Edwin Marks Gallery, Cooper-Hewitt will present Eugene and Clare Thaw’s collection of staircase models—the largest known holding of these works outside of France—which will be accessioned into the museum’s permanent collection. Made to Scale: Staircase Masterpieces—The Eugene & Clare Thaw Gift, is the first museum exhibition in the United States focused on staircase models.
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Wall Stories: Children's Wallpaper and Books

This exhibition will explore the relationship between wallpapers and books created for children through works from the permanent collection and the National Design Library. From their beginning in the 1870s, children's wallpapers have been strongly influenced by literature and popular culture. 
Wall Stories, Wall Stories: Children’s Wallpaper and Books, National Design Library, exhibitions, wallpaper, permanent collection, pop-up books, children's books

New & Notable Books for June, 2011

The Cooper Hewitt National Design Library, a branch of Smithsonian Institution Libraries, is the major resource in the United States for books, trade catalogs, serials, pictures, and archival material covering design and decorative art from the Renaissance to the present. Students, artists and designers, writers, researchers from auction houses, preservation and historical societies, conservators, collectors, and museum professionals come and use our library to research and document design and decorative arts- and everyone is welcome.
National Design Library, New York, books, recent acquisitions, new and notable, June, 2011

Color Moves the Design Library

Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay, which opened March 18, brings over 300 examples of the artist’s fashion and textile designs to our galleries. Here are a few fun things that were not included, but can all be found in Smithsonian’s National Design Library, housed here at Cooper-Hewitt.
Color Moves, Exhibition, Sonia Delauney, fashion design, textile design, National Design Library, magazines, rare books, folio

Ted Muehling’s Choice

Ted hosted a group of Cooper-Hewitt members at his studio and store in SoHo this week, as you can see from the Monday at Muehling’s post, giving them a peek at his wonderfully creative environment full of glass, emotive sculpture and creatures from the natural world.
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