New Year's Day
A Spirited Equation
You don’t have to be a mathematician to appreciate this visual recipe designed by Elaine Lustig Cohen (American, 1927–2016). An orange pomander studded with cloves, a French red wine from the Rhone valley, and Courvoisier cognac add up to produce the mulled wine served by Elaine and Arthur Cohen at their New Year’s Day parties....
A Fiercely Festive Feline
This pendant might look like it is a small, decorative trinket, but it had great religious and magical meaning to the ancient Egyptian who wore it. Depicting Sakhmet, the lion headed warrior goddess, it belongs to a group of objects called amulets that were meant to protect the owner through the use of apotropaic magic....
Aunt Bethany’s Jell-O Mold
You can use it to prepare a lovely jellied entrée made with crab or chicken, desserts made with fruit or, as a special holiday treat, with cat food, in homage to television’s Griswold clan’s Aunt Bethany. The star and Christmas tree molds suggest raspberry jello. Today’s food mold might only be seen in the most...
a cluster of red thumbprints on the left and black thumbprints on the right. Text beneath says "Sent from a device with tiny keys."
Happy Holidays
This holiday greeting was designed by Paula Scher, winner of the 2013 National Design Award for Communication Design. Scher has been at the forefront of graphic design for four decades. Iconic, smart, and accessible, her images are part of the American vernacular. Known for her reimagining of typography as a communicative medium, she has said,...
Stephen Doyle Creates Cooper-Hewitt’s Holiday Greeting
Stephen Doyle was in China when I asked him if he would be willing to design a holiday greeting of some kind for the Museum. I told him that he is our super-hero of gala presentations, as we all loved his presentation as the National Design Award winner for communications this year. His paper-cut video,...
Happy Holidays from Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Sukkah City installation at Union Square
The Sukkah City installation at Union Square last weekend was an ideal example of how to use public space in NYC.   As the brochure educated: “Biblical in origin, the sukkah is an ephemeral, elemental shelter, erected for one week each fall, in which it is customary to share meals, entertain, sleep and rejoice. Ostensibly,...