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Body Odor and Sticky Feet


What do sticky feet, body odor, and cracked, sweaty and saggy skins have to do with our museum collection? A survey of plastic materials in Cooper-Hewitt collections, supported by the Smithsonian’s Collections Care and Preservation Fund, was recently conducted by a team of conservators. We saw and smelled many of these plastic deterioration issues—up close and personal.
conservation, Henry Dreyfuss, Telephone, plastic, survey, deterioration, Industrial Design, cab, PVC

An Illustrated Survey of the Collections


Publication design: Bert Clarke
permanent collection, survey, decorative arts

Recent Acquisitions by the Cooper Union Museum: A Picture Book in Honor of Calvin S. Hathaway


decorative arts, decorative objects, recent acquisitions, permanent collection, survey, Calvin S. Hathaway

Cooper-Hewitt: The Interiors of Charles Rohlfs - Joseph Cunningham


Charles Rohlfs (1853-1936) ranks as among the most innovative furniture makers from the period around 1900. Praised by the international press and exhibited in the United States and Europe, his exquisite designs reflect a unique mix of styles, including the Aesthetic Movement, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and proto-modernism. Despite the fame of his work and his prominence in nearly all American museum collections of decorative arts, Rohlfs’s interiors and commissions have never before been explored.
Charles Rohlfs, furniture maker, Joseph Cunningham, interiors, interior design, 20th century, The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs, survey, talk, long, public program