Sit. Stay. 

We’re feeling the love in this Christina Malman drawing, “Woman and a Dog,” from our @cooperhewitt. Malman was best known as a cartoonist for The New Yorker, and this piece was published in a 1935 issue, just as she was starting her career. 

Guest curator Ellen DeGeneres chose it for display in the latest “Selects” series, in which prominent influencers, designers and artists are invited to interpret the museum’s collection. “Ellen DeGeneres Selects” is on view through May 21, 2017.

This looks like a stack of books, but it’s really for holding cookies. Sneaky. 

This 1906 British biscuit (aka cookie) tin protected treats for travelers on bumpy roads, but also proved to be a valuable marketing tool for the company.

This one tin speaks volumes about turn-of-the-century manufacturing, packaging design, rail and steamship travel, and the British Empire. And now it’s in our design museum, @cooperhewitt​.


Les faïences anciennes & modernes by Auguste Alexandre Mareschal (1874) is one of many books donated by Sarah and Eleanor Hewitt to form the library in the newly created Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration, which is now the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Faience is a type of ceramics that include majolica and Delftware.

Want to know more about the Hewitt sisters? There’s a two part series on the history of the sisters who founded the first museum dedicated to decorative arts in the United States.

This book is part of a collection of public domain works in our digital library dedicated to hallmarks, factory marks, and other production marks on pottery, silverware, and porcelain.


In celebration of David Bowie’s birthday, we share this poster from cooperhewitt. Design duo Non-Format were inspired by legendary producer (and Bowie collaborator) Brian Eno’s idea of “axis thinking,” a concept that all things lie on a continuum between extremes. They created this visual by categorizing Bowie albums against a pair of extremes.

More on their blog


Connecting Collections: Cooper Hewitt

Through March 8th, we will be featuring items from the Vignelli papers that are also in the collections of the Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum. We are very excited to have the museum director, Caroline Baumann, as our next Design Conversations speaker and wanted to highlight the Vignelli collections connections.

This Knoll Poster designed by Massimo Vignelli has been collected by museums all over the world, including the Vignelli Center for Design Studies and the Cooper-Hewitt. 

See this on the Cooper-Hewitt website:

Because we are home to the Vignellis’ entire professional archives, we have many unique items such as hand drawn sketches, as well as the final pieces. Researchers often come to our archives if they want to learn the story and process behind the designs. Unfortunately we haven’t found any process sketches related to the creation of this poster, but here you can see a sketch of the poster for the book layout for design: Vignelli

Details about Caroline Baumann’s Design Conversations lecture on our website:

Note: This poster is also on view in our galleries!

Knoll International poster
47 1/2” x 32”
FF K, Massimo and Lella Vignelli Papers
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester, New York

Sketches for design: Vignelli book (circa 1981)
pencil and crayon on paper
14” x 17”
Box 454, Massimo and Lella Vignelli Papers
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester, New York