20th century

New Day


Often called "England’s Eamses," Robin and Lucienne Day were a designing couple utterly committed to modernism. The unexpectedness and vitality of their postwar interior furnishings, particularly Lucienne’s pattern designs for textiles, carpets, wallcoverings, and dishware, shaped the look of modern England in the 1950s.
Robin Day, Lucienne Day, Festival of Britain, Calyx, Paul Klee, textiles, textile design, england, 20th century, interiors

Collegiate Banners, Textile Design


There is no evidence that Tommi Parzinger’s textile design of collegiate banners was ever produced. Nevertheless, the brightly-colored red, blue, yellow and green flags speak to both the designer’s aesthetic and the time period. Throughout the postwar 1950s, as Parzinger’s career in New York took off, a wave of college spirit swept the United States.
textile design, 20th century, Tommi Parzinger, New York

Bare is the New Clad


In 1999, Stefen Sagmeister (1962- ), founder of Sagmeister and Walsh Inc., carved text into his own body with an X-Acto knife. His dedication to his projects and his willingness to communicate with the audience are shown in his startling depictions of sexuality, pain, and uncanny humor. By pushing the boundaries of graphic design, he conveys radical yet meaningful messages.
Stefan Sagmeister, Detroit, poster, graphic design, knife, TED Talk, nude, 20th century, AIGA

Object of the Month: Finnish Hop


The Lindy Hop was a swing dance phenomenon, but the Finnish Hop?  This lively design was produced by the artists’ collective know as The Folly Cove Designers, for its location near Gloucester on the Massachusetts coast. Many Finnish immigrants had settled there, attracted by skilled work in the granite quarries or the boat building industry. At least half a dozen Finnish immigrants or Finnish-Americans were members of the collective, including Eino Natti and Aino Clarke, who produced large numbers of textile designs.
textile design, Virginia Demetrios, The Folly Cove Designers, Object of the Month, 20th century, American, dance

2500° F: The Art and Technique of Modern Glass


20th century, Glass, glass blowing, glassmaking, glassware, Steuben, Corning, Orrefors, georg jensen

Ceramics by Picasso


Pablo Picasso, ceramics, 20th century

Creative Craft in Denmark Today: An Exhibition of Contemporary Work Organized by the Danish Handcraft Guild


Denmark, Danish, Greenland, handicrafts, artisans, decorative arts, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, furniture, wallcoverings, 20th century

The Wonders of Thread: A Gift of Textiles from the Collection of Elizabeth Gordon


textiles, textile design, permanent collection, recent acquisitions, 20th century, Elizabeth Gordon

Cooper-Hewitt: Sonia Delaunay - A Conversation Among Friends


Petra Timmer, design scholar and Delaunay expert, will moderate a discussion between Matteo de Monti and Elaine Lustig Cohen, as they recount their personal experiences with Sonia Delaunay and offer unique insight into the life and work of this iconic artist and designer. Matteo de Monti is the grandson of the director of Metz and Co, the Dutch department store that had a long standing collaboration with Delaunay. Elaine Lustig Cohen is a graphic designer and author of "The New Art of Color: The Writings of Robert and Sonia Delaunay."
Sonia Delauney, Color Moves, Exhibition, fashion, textiles, paris, 20th century, Petra Timmer, Matteo de Monti, Metz & Co, Elaine Lustig Cohen, Matilda McQuaid, talk, long, public program

Sonia Delaunay and the "New Woman"


Dr. Sherry Buckberrough, associate professor at the University of Hartford and author of Sonia Delaunay: A Retrospective, will discuss Sonia Delaunay's role in 1920s Paris and the remarkable effect her designs had on shaping the modern woman. Placing her work in the context of Paris fashion of the time, Dr. Buckberrough will illuminate Delaunay's impact on the fashion capital of the world.
Sonia Delauney, Color Moves, Exhibition, retrospective, fashion, textiles, paris, 20th century, modern woman, Sherry Buckberrough, talk, long, public program

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