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Making Design: Cooper Hewitt

Making Design: Cooper Hewitt


Publisher: Smithsonian Design Museum 2015 Authors: Cara McCarty, Matilda McQuaid ISBN: 9780910503747 Format: Softcover, 912pp, 210x150 mm

Cooper Hewitt possesses one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence and is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. To mark its reopening in 2014 after a series of renovations, Cooper Hewitt has published an expansive book on its unparalleled collection, which consists of more than 210,000 objects from all over the world, spanning 30 centuries. Designed by Irma Boom, and a wonderful design object in itself at over 900 pages, with 'glow in the dark' cover detailing, the book expresses the museum's primary goal--to inspire people to see how design impacts their lives.

 This user-centred approach is reinforced throughout the pages with 54 narratives and an extensive process glossary that discusses individual objects through a design lens. Featuring more than 1,100 collection objects selected by the curatorial staff, Smithsonian Design Library, and renowned designer Irma Boom, Making Design is organised entirely by Boom's visual sequencing of images; her design and the curators' essays weave parallel narratives throughout the book. This wildly playful and unexpected jaunt through the collection ends with Boom's exploration of her process, "Making Making Design," which embraces the essence of the design and the new experiences in Cooper Hewitt's galleries.

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