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Image features an art deco-style wallpaper with pink birds against a background of gray foliage. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Pretty in Pink
Here is a charming wallpaper in the art deco style. The motifs are highly stylized with bright pink and fuchsia-colored birds nestled among dense gray foliage. The design is rendered in a minimal fashion, with the leaves consisting of little more than a metallic gold outline around ovals in two shades of gray, with larger...
Image features a wallpaper with four birds flying around a large birdhouse. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Spring into Breakfast
In celebration of Women’s History Month, March Object of the Day posts highlight women designers in the collection. Nearing the end of winter, Birds in Spring may be wishful thinking on my part. This charming design of birds, presumably martins, flying around a bird house is rendered in a minimal fashion. Printed on a silvered...
Image features: A robe of dark blue silk with a deep wave border at the bottom and sleeve hems. Tapestry-woven design of eight large circular medallions showing five white cranes with red crests and blue cloud bands. Lined with light blue silk. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Flying Cranes
Today’s Object of the Day is on view in Rebeca Méndez Selects (October 5, 2018–June 16, 2019) This semi-formal court surcoat (ji fu gua吉服褂) would have been worn by the wife of an imperial prince, a high-ranking clan member, or a Manchu official. Surcoats often featured flowers or birds. Here, roundels feature five cranes flying...
Image features tropical or summer scenes of swimming, a cabana, and women lounging pool side. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this paper.
Summer on the Horizon
Now that summer is upon us it is easy to envision the warm breezes of summer or the possibility of taking a trip to a tropical getaway. In this wallpaper manufactured by United Wallpapers we can at least have a convincing staycation. Cheerful blues, greens, and yellows adorn this upbeat paper which depicts figures relaxing...
Image shows an ethereal view of Windsor Castle seen through a clearing in the trees. Please scroll down for a further description of this wallpaper.
Shades of Windsor
Wrapped in a warm summer haze, a pair of birds, at the center of the composition, overlook a flowing stream surrounded by a flower filled landscape. The famed Windsor Castle idly appears in the background, surveying the quiet scene below. Hushed yellows and greys, in addition to the creamy white background, create an almost ethereal...
Image features Prototype for a two-part package consisting of cylindrical sleeve (a) over cylindrical box (b), both parts with painted decoration depicting colorful birds in an aviary or bird cage. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Perfume Packaging by the French Couturier
In celebration of our new exhibition The Senses: Design Beyond Vision, this Object of the Day post explores the multisensory experience of an object in Cooper Hewitt’s permanent collection. The name of Lucien Lelong unquestionably conjures up the luxurious world of French fashion. Born in Paris as the son of a textile shop owner, Lelong...
Image features abstracted landscape views with birds, trees, and flowers, printed in orange and light blue on a white background. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Werkstätte Whimsy
In celebration of Women’s History Month, March Object of the Day posts highlight women designers in the collection. This wallpaper delights with its lively motifs of birds and plants and playful stylization. The bright colors and presence of nature injects an otherwise strongly geometric and simplified rendition of an urban landscape with a cheerful energy....
Image contains a repeat of wallpaper with large flowering tree with stylized birds, butterflies and cobwebs. Please scroll down for a more complete description of this image.
Out of the Cobwebs
In celebration of Women’s History Month, March Object of the Day posts highlight women designers in the collection. When describing wallpaper, Marthe Armitage, the designer of this paper, has said “Wallpaper… should be seen and not heard. It should provide a background in a home, and should not make you feel you have to look...
A Chinese Fantasy
This Object of the Day  celebrates one of many treasured objects given by Clare and Eugene V. Thaw to Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.  It is republished here in memory of Eugene V. Thaw. Click on this link to read more about the Thaws and their gifts to Cooper Hewitt.    This room portrait is one of...