For nearly 20 years between the two world wars, E. McKnight Kauffer, an American, was the most celebrated graphic designer in England.
Objects on display designed to be green substitutes for those that are ecologically harmful or failing are among the most thought-provoking in this exhibition.
Could you empathize better with a blade of grass if it had an email address? What about the entire ecosystem?
Ilonka Karasz’s designs span from the 1910s to the 1970s, across multiple media: textiles, industrial design, and illustration, including several New Yorker covers, all with a keen sense of the prevailing zeitgeist, and yet, I had never heard of her.
Through over 400 objects, the Cooper Hewitt’s dynamic Jazz Age exhibition highlights 1920s American design.
Upon visiting the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, I wonder how it feels both antiquated and technologically advanced at the same time.
The centerpiece of the Cooper Hewitt’s The World of Radio exhibition is a rarely seen, 16-foot-long mural that broadcasts moments from the medium’s early history.
In the writer and illustrator Maira Kalman’s latest project, she narrates a morning workout at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that exemplifies her digressive spirit and openness to new ideas.
Thanks to the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s 19th-century roots and the Hewitt sisters’ collection, the institution has strong holdings in that era’s decorative arts. This month, the New York museum announced that its 20th-century collections were strengthened with a considerable gift from George R. Kravis II.
If beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder, the curators of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum faced a daunting task when they chose beauty for the latest design triennial’s theme.
With the world still reeling from World War II, a Norwegian architect was tasked with designing one of the most important places of international peace and negotiation.
Some posters make you pause mid-stride; others disappear into the background like so much white noise.