Object of the Day

Out of Italy
This frieze represents a very late example of the English Regency style in wallpaper. The Regency style is largely connected to the period between 1800-1830 and is considered the final development of English Neoclassicism, the dominant design style in Britain for most of the late 18th-century and early-19th century. The date of this paper places...
vedder mermaid
Maid in Glass
Perhaps better known for his illustrations of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, Elihu Vedder’s prolific career began in the 1860’s, when the Hudson River School was in its prime, and ended in the early 20th century, when Modernism was taking root. His work, influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, captured the imagination of late 19th-century audiences. Born...
Pattern from the Past
William De Morgan’s ceramic decoration was often inspired by the medieval world, similar to the practice of his dear friends William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. De Morgan’s vases and tiles were frequently adorned with fantastical animals, beasts, and grotesques. On this vase, two stylized fish recall the designs found in illuminated manuscripts. Their bodies gently...
Chair, Cabbage, 2008
A poetic transformation of industrial waste
From the archives, a past collaboration of design firm Nendo and designer Issey Miyake.
Three Dimensions of Plastic Upcycling
An Issey Miyake collection uses textiles made from recycled plastic bottles.
I Can Weave with Anything
Designer Suzanne Tick turns trash into textile treasures.
No-waste Cotton Cape
Japanese resourcefulness embodied in a nineteenth-century cloak.
73..2009 Matt Flynn 006
Reclaiming Paper and Textiles
A wall paper made of recycled newspaper and nylon.
A Textile Collage
Designed by Reiko Sudo, one of Japan's most important contemporary textile designers.