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