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New and Notable—Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum Library

The Libraries would like to highlight some new titles that have been added recently to the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum Library.

TypeType : a visual history of typefaces and graphic styles  by Jan  Tholenaar.   Vo. 1  Köln; Los Angeles; London : Taschen, [c2009-2010] Gift of Roma and David Korris. Z250.A2 T96 2009 CHM

A visual history of fonts and graphic styles, Volume 1: 1628–1900.This selection of typographic fonts and styles traces the modern evolution of the printed letter, reproducing pages from catalogs showing type specimens in roman, italic, bold, semi-bold, narrow, and broad fonts. Also included are borders, ornaments, initial letters and decorations, and many spectacular examples of their use. Victorian fonts, spectacular in their complexity, are accorded a prominent place. In addition, examples from lithography and letters by inscription carvers and calligraphers are also included and described.

ProductProduct design in the sustainable era by Dalcacio Reis. Köln : Taschen, c2010.

Gift of Roma and David Korris. TS171.4 .R45 2010 CHM

Designing products with future generations in mind – Consumers are increasingly sensitive and concerned about sustainability. Indeed, a recent study of purchasing habits shows demand for sustainable offerings remains strong—despite the economic downturn.


BoulleAndré Charles Boulle, 1642-1732 : un nouveau style pour l'Europe by Jean Nérée Ronfort.  Paris : Somogy ; Frankfurt : Museum für Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt, 2009.  (In French)  NK2550.B7 A4 2009 CHM

Cabinet-Making – Woodworking – Marquetry . 140 color illustrations and several dozen color figs. – published to coincide with the 2009 showing at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt of furniture crafted by French cabinet-maker André Charles Boulle (1642-1732)

Jacqueline Groag. : textile & pattern design : Wiener Werkstätte to American modern  by Geoffrey Rayner, et al. [Woodbridge, England] : Antique Collector's Club, c2009. Gift of Roma and David Korris. N6811.5.G76 R39 2009 CHM

Active literature : Jan Tschichold and new typography  by Christopher Burke. London : Hyphen, 2007.  Gift of Roma and David Korris.  Z232.T863 B87 2007 CHM

Jan Tschichold (1902-1974) was a  key typographer of the twentieth century : one of the leaders of the modernist movement of the 1920s, and, in the classical typography of his later career, perhaps the first typographic postmodernist. Active literature is a close study of his modernist years, based on extensive research in the archives and introducing a wealth of fresh reproductions.


KnollKnoll : a modernist universe by  Brian Lutz.  New York ; London : Rizzoli, 2010. Gift of Roma and David Korris.  NK2554.K58 L88 2010 CHM

The eponymous furniture company that German immigrant Hans G. Knoll founded in 1938 in New York, and later built into a bastion of modern interior design in Pennsylvania, brought steel, glass and plastic to home furnishings. A new book, "Knoll: A Modernist Universe," by historian Brian Lutz, a former Knoll employee, shows how the company shaped interior design. Knoll was noted for innovations in material by modernist masters: tubular steel furniture by Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer, modular wood and canvas web chairs (during the metal-starved war years) by Jens Risom, and molded plastic Tulip chairs by Eero Saarinen. In many ways, the book is a tribute to Knoll's American wife, Florence Schust Knoll, who hired designers from among her instructors and associates at Cranbrook.


Elizabeth Broman and Stephen Van Dyk

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