Making Design: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collections - the exhibition catalogue from Cooper Hewitt available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Making Design: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collections

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'Making Design: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collections is a notable object in and of itself.'  Architectural Digest

With more than 210,000 objects from all over the world, spanning 30 centuries. Cooper Hewitt possesses one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence. It is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design.

Making Design is Cooper Hewitt's first new collection book since 1997. Published to mark the museum's reopening and renovation, the book provides an in-depth understanding of the design process as seen through Cooper Hewitt’s great holdings.

The catalogue features reviews of more than 1,100 objects in the museum's permanent collection, which are accompanied by 54 essays written by Cooper Hewitt's curators as well as a process glossary.

The book has been organised visually so that objects are sequenced to allow readers to compare and contrast their textures, colours and shapes. This unusual organisation makes for a playful and often reflective overview of Cooper Hewitt's main collection. 

This is a great and beautiful resource for design students, researchers, scholars, professional designers and anyone interested in the evolution of design.

  • Author: Cara McCarty, Curatorial Director, Cooper Hewitt and Matilda McQuaid, Deputy Curatorial Director, Cooper Hewitt
  • Hardcover: 780 pages
  • Date published: February 2015
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0910503747
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 18.5 x 7.3 cm