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View of an opulent bed with ornate hangings
A Bed for a King
An opulent bed, almost completely dominated by its hangings, pushes at the edges of the border in this etching by the French designer and architect, Daniel Marot. This design is for a state bed (lit d’apparat), a bed that was purely ceremonial rather than functional, and kept in royal palaces and aristocratic residences in the...
Circular molded plate with curved upturned edge; white ground printed with black irregular lines and twelve reserve vignettes with furniture, kitchen tools, plants, etc.
A Heaping Plate of Design
After World War II, design boomed in Europe. Colors were brighter, lines more dynamic and materials more industrial—affordable modernism emerged to feed thriving consumers in the 1950s. The now iconic Homemaker tableware line started as a challenge for young English designer Enid Seeney. She was tasked with creating an “all-over” pattern for fashionable rimless plates....
Black outline of an organic, bulbous form connected to a wide footed, trunk-like base. Three ornamental bud-shapes appear at top center. The form is bisected by a thin black horizontal line to suggest the lid line. The interior of the form is colored in a reddish-brown or sienna colored wash.
A Work By Wendell Castle
This chest, by twentieth-century American designer/craftsman Wendell Castle is an outstanding example of the American studio furniture movement. Commissioned as a stereo cabinet, it is a variant of a blanket chest he crafted in 1968 that is now  housed in the collection of the Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York. Castle’s work is...
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...
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Hot stuff from ICFF 2011
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair is a fun place to visit each year for new trends and ideas in commercial design. Sustainability was a hot theme in the school projects represented at the ICFF: ICFF School One project in particular highlights a rising trend in product design and marketing. The product-design program of the University...
Cooper-Hewitt: Unity of Opposites: A Conversation with Doshi-Levien
Join London-based design duo Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien in a conversation about their new furniture collection for Moroso that combines handmade and industrial production, a design approach that reflects a cross-cultural creative process. The discussion is moderated by Julie Lasky, Editor-In-Chief of I.D. Magazine.
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The Shredded Series
  The Shredded Collection Table (Fast Company Edition), made from 26 kilograms of Fast Company magazine. The Shredded Collection Console (White Edition), made from 5 kilograms of shredded confidential documents. Belgian industrial designer Jens Praet’s Shredded Series upcycles old magazines and paper into handcrafted furniture. According to Praet, “what started out as a research project...
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Scenes from Steelcase
Cooper-Hewitt’s Design Watch Members visited Steelcase for a private tour of the showroom and sunset reception on the terrace overlooking Columbus Circle. Lew Epstein presented the trends behind media:space, the convergence of furniture and technology, changing the way we think of work spaces as collaborative “destinations”. Members also previewed the Cobi chair, featured in the...
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Book Choice – The Story of Eames Furniture
Two Volume Set, The Story of Eames Furniture This is my favorite design book from 2010. Yes, it’s huge! That’s a twelve inch ruler in the photo. It runs to 800 gloriously printed pages containing over 2,500 images, with a sturdy box to protect the volumes. Congratulations to Gestalten for such a superb production! And...