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Image features a wallpaper border containing two landscape scenes. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
A Plane, No Trains, and an Automobile
This wallpaper border shows two landscape scenes with the bottom one illustrating different forms of transportation including an automobile, a steam-powered boat, and a bi-plane faintly visible in the sky. While the design contains three modes of transport in use at the time this wallpaper was produced, it seems surprising that a train was not...
Image features poster with the word Giselle printed in large text alongside a blurred photographic image of a ballerina in mid-spin. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
A Harmony of Contrasts
Armin Hofmann (Swiss, b. 1920) is associated with a graphic design movement known as the Swiss Style, which originated in Switzerland in the 1940s and 50s. Also referred to as the International Typographic Style, the Swiss Style is characterized by a recognition of the importance of typography—especially sans-serif fonts—as an essential element of design. The...
Image features: Rows of ten images related to the history of digital culture, including a portrait of Jacquard, punch cards, a guillotine, an automaton, a design for a prosthetic hand, and microchip, binary code. Predominately woven in shades of blue, grey and brown with metallic gold and silver. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
A Permutation Unfolding
Eve Andrée Laramée is an installation sculptor whose work challenges assumptions about the authority of history, science, and art. This textile, which Laramée designed as the focal point of A Permutational Unfolding, her 1999 exhibition at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center Gallery, confronts the standard history of the computer as a descendant of calculating or...
Image features tall, slender, slightly cylindrical vase with globular shoulder, no neck, incurving rim; no foot. Design of tall flowers (stylized carnations) and curving leaves that rise up onto the shoulder. Beneath and between these are smaller flowers and leaves. A few random dots on top of shoulder. Decoration in metallic lustres on an iridescent ground, in shades of peacock blue, lavender, crimson, and green against a copper glaze ground. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Flowers Bloom amidst a Field of Iridescence
To celebrate the opening of Iridescence, on view through March 24, 2019, Object of the Day this week will feature iridescent objects in the collection. This vase with its shimmering colors and fluid lines was designed by Jacques Sicard for the Weller Pottery between 1902 and 1907. It was created using gray-white clay and is...
Image features glass vase of roughly ovoid from with mottled iridescent decoration in shades of gold, blues reds and greens. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Ancient Attraction
From the archives, an Object of the Day post on an example of iridescent design from the collection.
Image features muslin embroidered with a floral motif in gold threads and blue-green beetle wing "sequins." Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Wearing Wings
From the archives, an Object of the Day post on an example of iridescent design from the collection.
Image features fruit knife with shaped silver and silver-gilt blade decorated with image of a Japanese woman in a kimono flanked by foliage designs; white, ridged mother-of-pearl handle. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
The Exoticism of a Fruit Knife; Merging Japanese Aesthetic and French Craft
To celebrate the opening of Iridescence, on view through March 24, 2019, Object of the Day this week will feature iridescent objects in the collection. This stunningly crafted fruit knife combines exquisite artistry and strong Japanese influence to elevate the everyday dining experience into an art form. As part of a substantial dessert service of...
Image features textile of iridescent tan satin with blue highlights. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
A Blue Shimmering Light
From the archives, an Object of the Day post on an example of iridescent design from the collection.
Image features brooch of long organic shape, the irregular edges bordered in gold, surrounding abstract decoration of gold strips enclosing cloisonné enamel in tones of white, yellow-green, gold and black; baroque pearl and faceted square citrine at bottom. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
A Jeweler’s Magic; The Sorcerer’s Stone
To celebrate the opening of Iridescence, on view through March 24, 2019, Object of the Day this week will feature iridescent objects in the collection. William Harper’s hand-crafted jewelry includes brooches, pendants, and necklaces, each telling a story of their own. Harper specializes in cloisonné enameling, an ancient decorative technique that has remained virtually unchanged...