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Katagami Design Demonstration


On March 16th, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum hosted a fascinating demonstration of the process of a traditional form of Japanese stencil carving  (katagami) and its use in the technique of resist-dyeing textiles (katazome) at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Center in Harlem.
museum, collection, katagami
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Cooper-Hewitt Launches Object of the Day to Expand Collection Access


The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum today announced the launch of Object of the Day, a new section of the website designed to foster ongoing engagement with Cooper-Hewitt’s collection while the museum is undergoing renovation (www.cooperhewitt.org/object-of-the-day). Object of the Day features a new collection work daily and draws from more than 217,000 objects spanning 30 centuries in four curatorial departments—Drawings, Prints and Graphic Design, Product Design and Decorative Arts, Textiles and Wallcoverings—and the National Design Library.
design, collection, blog

adAPTing to Small Living


I’ve long admired Donald Deskey’s drawing, Design for "Sportshack" (1940) in the Cooper Hewitt’s collection. When I first saw it, I immediately imagined what it might be like to live in this elegantly proportioned little gem of a house. As one half of a couple sharing our own micro-apartment,  I understand the challenges of paring personal belongings and selecting furniture that does double or even triple duty.
sustainability, collection, Social Awareness & Sustainability, living, architecture and design

DesignPrep: The Digital Curators Project


A short video explaining youth participation in shaping Cooper-Hewitt's effort to make its vast collection web-accessible. NYC teens work with museum staff to select objects, tag them in their own words, and suggest features to make the virtual museum system more youth-friendly.
designprep, Teens, youth, high school, New York City, NYC, digital curating, digital curation, virtual museum, collection, tagging, design education, education, workshops, free, hands-on, Susan Brown, Matilda McQuaid, objects, feedback

Students Create Unique Prints with Sena Yang


Celebrated fashion designer Sena Yang, creator of her namesake line SENA, led a two-session fashion workshop at Cooper-Hewitt for high-school students.
fashion, Sena Yang, fashion designer, SENA, high school, high-school, students, teen, youth, Alexander McQueen, collection, concept, prints, motifs, templates

Donor Spotlight : Richard C. Greenleaf


Richard Cranch Greenleaf (1887–1961) was a prolific collector of lace, costume, and textiles. To a large extent, the strength of Cooper-Hewitt’s collection in these areas can be attributed to his generosity.
Richard Cranch Greenleaf, donor, collector, lace, costume, textiles, collection

Meet the Digital (youth) Interns


Digital (youth) interns tag objects in the Museum collection!  
City of Neighborhoods, digital, interns, youth, Teens, students, tagging, collection, images

The Curve of Forgotten Things


It’s been just over a year since the stunning Rodarte exhibition here at Cooper-Hewitt. Known for finding inspiration in unexpected things, the prolific Rodarte duo have just released a fashion film to accompany their Spring 2011 collection.
Rodarte, fashion design, film, spring, collection, 2011, Kate Mulleavy, Laura Mulleavy, sisters, Elle Fanning, actress, Todd Cole, Director, Deerhunter, band, score

Only two weeks left!


Only a few short weeks left to see Ted Muehling Selects: Lobmeyr Glass from the Permanent Collection. Watch designer Ted Muehling and curator Sarah Coffin as they discuss highlights from the exhibition in this 5 minute walkthrough.  
Ted Muehling, selects, Exhibition, Designer, jewelry, decorative objects, Lobmeyr, Glass, permanent, collection, curator, highlights, walkthrough, acquisition, vienna, austria, glassmaking, central Europe, product design

Illustrated Children’s Books from the Cooper-Hewitt Collection


Over the past several weeks, I explored the Cooper-Hewitt Museum Design Museum Library’s collection of illustrated children’s books as part of the Arts Intern program through Studio in a School.
illustrations, illustrated, childrens books, Children, collection, ArtsIntern, Studio in a School, rare, Hewitt sisters, active, Mary Stuart Book Fund, JP Morgan Book Fund, pop-up, popup, movable, mechanical, 18th century, contemporary, international, fairy tales, alphabet, nursery, rhymes, songbooks, first, early, editions, Walter Crane, Kate Greenaway, Beatrix Potter, exhibitions, showcase, Nine Lives, American Drawings, Fantastic Illustration and Design in Britain, Odyssey in Print, Picturing Words, Wall Stories, Paper Engineering, National Museum of American History, fragile, handling, digitization, digitize, pre-1923, copyright

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