Art and Design

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Product Design and Decorative Arts
View selected items from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s department of Product Design & Decorative Arts which is home to approximately 40,000 three-dimensional objects dating from antiquity to the 21st century, which form an important and comprehensive resource for decorative art and design. International in scope, the collection contains an exceptionally diverse assortment of objects, reflecting a vast range of historical styles and design movements. Categories of objects within the collections include Ceramics, Furniture, Metalwork, Lighting, Glass, Jewelry, Architectural Elements, and Industrial Design.
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s Drue Heinz Study Center for Drawings and Prints houses more than 160,000 works of art dating from the Renaissance to the present related to the history of European and American art and design. Among the world’s foremost repositories of European and American works on paper, the collection includes designs for architecture, decorative arts, gardens, interiors, ornament, jewelry, theater, textiles, graphic and industrial design, as well as the fine arts. A selection of these works are available through the website.
View selected images from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s Wallcoverings department. It contains the largest and most varied collection of wallpaper in the United States, with more than 10,000 examples. Pieces date from the late 17th century through today and represent many countries of origin.
View highlights from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s Textiles collection which contains more than 30,000 pieces representing an extraordinarily wide range of woven and non-woven techniques. Extending from ancient to contemporary examples, the earliest pieces in the collection are from Han Dynasty China (206 BC–AD 221). The scope of non-woven techniques represented in the collection includes embroidery, knitting, crochet, braiding, knotting, needle and bobbin-made lace, and quilting. Printing and dyeing techniques include plate, block and roller printing, lithography, silk screen, resist dyeing (tie-dye, ikat, batik, stenciled resist), and painted textiles. The full spectrum of weaving techniques is also represented in the collection, from simple plain weave to jacquard and complex drawloom woven pattern.