Charming illustrations to cheer your spring

March 18, 2014

March 17th is widely celebrated as St. Patrick’s Day but it also happens to be the birthday of notable childrens’ book illustrator Kate Greenaway. Born in London in 1846, she studied art at various schools, such as the Heatherley School of Fine Art, and began her career in watercolors and cards.  She was a contemporary or Walter Crane and Randolph Caldecott and good friend to Victorian art critic John Ruskin.

Dressing the Interior: Philip Schwarz’s Novelties

March 7, 2014

This post was written by Mae Colburn,  a graduate student in the History of Decorative Arts and Design program at Parsons the New School for Design. Her focus is textiles. This post first appeared on the Cooper -Hewitt, National Design Museum’s Object of the Day blog. Novelties in Laces for Furniture and Decoration is a set of one hundred and fifty color lithographic prints depicting over one hundred and ninety unique tassel more »

The Fix – FAO Schwarz 1911 Toy Catalog

December 23, 2013

New York at Christmas time evokes many memories but as a child it meant a visit to FAO Schwarz, the oldest toy store in the United States. When a 1911 catalog from the famed toy store landed in the Book Conservation Lab it was like an early Christmas present!

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Library Announces $75K Fundraising Goal

Novices, experts, students, and scholars agree that the extraordinary collections of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Library are the premier resource in the United States for books, trade catalogs, serials, pictures, and archival material covering design and decorative art from the Renaissance to the present.  The National Design Library features more than 6,500 treasures including 16th century lace patterns guides, rare 18th century brass and furniture trade catalogs, historic home decorating periodicals, and over 700 pop-up books.

The Crystal Palace

Tomorrow, May 1st, marks the 161ist anniversary of the opening of the The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations in London. The Great Exhibition was a display of arts, culture, and of course industry, from around the world and remained open until October of that year.  It was the first grand international exposition of the type that would later be called “world’s fairs”.

Illustrated Children’s Books from the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum Library Collection

Over the past several weeks, I explored the Cooper-Hewitt Museum Design Museum Library’s collection of illustrated children’s books…

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