A photograph of several of the objects on display in the exhibition Access+Ability. Information about the exhibition is below this photograph.
Access+Ability
Previously On View: Friday, December 15, 2017 to Monday, September 3, 2018

There has been a surge of design with and by people with a wide range of physical, cognitive, and sensory abilities. Fueled by advances in research, technology, and fabrication, this proliferation of functional, life-enhancing products is creating unprecedented access in homes, schools, workplaces, and the world at large. Access+Ability features over 70 innovative designs developed in the last decade. From ...

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installation view of Karasz exhibition
Ilonka Karasz
Previously On View: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 to Sunday, April 22, 2018

Ilonka Karasz (American, b. Hungary, 1896–1981) is an important yet overlooked figure in 20th-century design. During her long and prolific career, she worked in a wide variety of media, producing designs for wallcoverings, textiles, carpets, lighting, ceramics, metalwork, toys, and furniture. She is perhaps most well known for her popular cover illustrations for the New...

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Objects installed in cases for the exhibition The Virtue of Vice. Read below for information about planning a visit to the museum.
The Virtue in Vice
Previously On View: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 to Sunday, April 15, 2018

Master craftsmanship, luxurious materials, and sensuous forms are highlighted in an exhibition of objects designed to amplify the pleasure of their use. Design disguises what we wish to remain private, tempts us with luxuries large and small, feeds sensuous appetites, and—should we envy someone else’s possessions—eases our discontent with clever imitations. Pride, greed, lust, envy,...

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Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection
Previously On View: Friday, November 17, 2017 to Monday, May 28, 2018

Featuring nearly 150 brooches, necklaces, bracelets, and rings created by seminal designers from Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America, Jewelry of Ideas illuminates the radical conceptual and material developments in jewelry design that have transformed the field. Beginning with mid-20th-century American and European pioneers who pushed the boundaries of form and material, the exhibition traces the evolution of jewelry up ...

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Installation view of Japonism.
Passion for the exotic: Japonism
Previously On View: Saturday, September 9, 2017 to Sunday, July 22, 2018

Passion for the Exotic: Japonism explores the newfound influence of Japan on Western design in the late 19th century. A closed society until 1854, Japan ended its self-imposed isolation after American Commodore Matthew C. Perry led a fleet of armed steamships into Japanese ports and secured a trade treaty. Subsequently, Japanese exports such as metalwork, ivories,...

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Installation view of Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age
Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age
Previously On View: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 to Monday, January 15, 2018

The first U.S. major exhibition of the Dutch designer Joris Laarman and his multidisciplinary team, known for their pioneering and elegant applications of digital technologies. Working at the intersection of design, art, and science, Joris Laarman Lab is abolishing traditional distinctions between the natural and machine made, the decorative and functional to produce design of flawless beauty and technical ingenuity.

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Installation view of Moustiers Ceramics exhibition
Moustiers Ceramics: Gifts from the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Collection
Previously On View: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 to Monday, May 27, 2019

Moustiers Ceramics: Gifts from the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Collection highlights the decorative and broad impact of innovative patterning and variety of forms produced in tin-glazed earthenware in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, France during the 18th century. When King Louis XIV issued a series of edicts requiring French nobility to melt their silver table services to fund French war...

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Installation of Esperanza Spalding Selects in the Nancy Marks Gallery
Esperanza Spalding Selects
Previously On View: Friday, June 9, 2017 to Sunday, January 21, 2018

Esperanza Spalding Selects is the 15th installation of Cooper Hewitt’s Selects exhibition series in which designers, artists, architects, and public figures are invited to examine and interpret the museum’s collection of more than 210,000 objects. Musician and four-time Grammy Award-winner Esperanza Spalding creates thought-provoking juxtapositions of collection objects to show how material evolves into different forms as new designers adapt ...

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Making | Breaking: New Arrivals
Previously On View: Friday, May 19, 2017 to Sunday, November 19, 2017

Pushing the boundaries of materials, making, and form, 43 recently acquired  design objects  are installed in the museum’s Process Galleries, along with documentation of the designers’ creative process. The working sketches, prototypes, and videos featured in the exhibition elucidate the making of these objects and demonstrate how technology such as 3-D printing enables the fabrication of impossibly...

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