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Object of the Month – February 2012: Knoll Textiles
a href="http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/view/objects/asitem/id/192804">Fibra. Designed by Eszter Haraszty for Knoll Textiles. United States, 1953. Screenprinted linen. Gift of Larry Weinberg, 2011-20-1. Photo: Matt Flynn For over seventy years, Knoll has been a leader in modern workplace furnishings and textiles. Cooper-Hewitt recently added forty pieces of Knoll textiles and furniture to the collection, most of which were recently...
Donor Spotlight : Richard C. Greenleaf
Richard Cranch Greenleaf (1887–1961) was a prolific collector of lace, costume, and textiles. To a large extent, the strength of Cooper-Hewitt’s collection in these areas can be attributed to his generosity. Starting in 1950, Greenleaf began donating groups of lace, small accessories such as purses and coifs, and finely woven European silks and embroidered textiles....
Color Lives: A Conversation about Art, Life, and Fashion
Textiles serve as the most engaging and tactile vehicle for color and life. They wrap, protect, and define us, and tell stories of the maker, user, and culture in which they were woven. This lively conversation with fashion curator, Dilys Blum; artist, Sheila Hicks; and designer, Luca Missoni will cover topics related to current exhibitions...
ICFF 2011 and Beyond…
Design Watch Members explored the International Contemporary Furniture Fair with Matilda McQuaid, Deputy Curatorial Director. The tour’s theme, wallcoverings and textiles, led us to Scrapwood Wallpaper Made in Holland by Piet Hein Eek. Best known for crafting furniture from salvaged wood, Hein Eek created a line of non-woven, washable wallpaper. Next, we visited Trove for...
Two Matters of Importance
Engelberg, Trübsee/Switzerland, 1936. Herbert Matter (Swiss, 1907 – 1984). Offset lithograph on white wove paper, 40 1/8 × 25 1/16 in. (1019 × 637 mm). Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund, 2006-15-1 Two articles in the May issue of Dwell magazine have special resonance for Cooper-Hewitt’s followers. The first, “Printed...
Sonia Delaunay and “The New Woman”
Dr. Sherry Buckberrough, Delaunay scholar and author of Sonia Delaunay: A Retrospective, will discuss Sonia Delaunay as a modern fashion and textile designer and a radical force in shaping the image of the Parisian “New Woman” of the 1920s. Buckberrough will illuminate how her designs emphatically deployed the look of modernity across two hemispheres.”
Sonia Delaunay and the “New Woman”
Dr. Sherry Buckberrough, associate professor at the University of Hartford and author of Sonia Delaunay: A Retrospective, will discuss Sonia Delaunay’s role in 1920s Paris and the remarkable effect her designs had on shaping the modern woman. Placing her work in the context of Paris fashion of the time, Dr. Buckberrough will illuminate Delaunay’s impact...
Cooper-Hewitt: Sonia Delaunay – A Conversation Among Friends
Petra Timmer, design scholar and Delaunay expert, will moderate a discussion between Matteo de Monti and Elaine Lustig Cohen, as they recount their personal experiences with Sonia Delaunay and offer unique insight into the life and work of this iconic artist and designer. Matteo de Monti is the grandson of the director of Metz and...
Tangible Tuesdays: Felted Signal Processing
Brooklyn-based design duo Felted Signal Processing creates plush, alien-looking synths and sensors that make noise on contact. Sisters Lara and Sarah Grant combine their skills in art, fashion and engineering to perform their outlandish experiments in “electronic textiles.” There’s a whole catalog of stretchy samplers and woolen warblers on their website, fsp.fm. A felted sensor...