Behind the Design

Watercolor map of New York City
Behind the Design | Watercolor Maptiles
In the latest installment in the Behind the Design program series. Curator Andrea Lipps, conservator Jessica Walthew, and Stamen Design’s founder and creative director Eric Rodenbeck discuss Watercolor Maptiles—a web-based, open-source mapping tool that displays OpenStreetMap’s data with the hand-hewn textures of watercolor paint. Launched by Stamen Design in 2012, Watercolor Maptiles is part of...
Side, front, and 45 degree angle views of an ornately carved dark wood chair with green fabric cushion
Behind the Design | Take a Seat
How did road trips and X-rays lead to acquiring an exceptional eighteenth-century armchair originally made in Mexico? Journey with us to discover the design history of this fascinating object that responds to Englishman Thomas Chippendale’s influential pattern book Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director, published in 1750. While artisans from across the Atlantic adapted Chippendale’s patterns to...