Cooper Hewitt Museum

Warning - this site is seriously fun! The Cooper Hewitt has placed digital representations of its "diverse collection spanning thirty centuries of historic and contemporary design" on its website and there are some interesting ways to search. For starters, it's possible to search by color. This is because digital images showing collection objects have been cataloged by color, assigned by automated scanning that "averages" an object's colors. The resulting averaged colors are in turn mapped to the system of specifying color by alphanumeric codes that's used in web design, thus creating searchable colors for the collection. For example, clicking the swatch labeled Firebrick, hexcode #b22222, retrieves 318 objects such as a playing card, the 7 of hearts; a Fiestaware teacup dating from 1936; a 1973 political poster, "Down with the Chilean Dictatorship"; or a mid-twentieth century Italian glass bowl with deep red stripes. Other ways to search include by country, department, people, or within publications. There's also a search by highlights of the collection: architect's eye, designs for automobiles, designs for interiors, psychedelic posters, and more. Keyword searches are also possible - try Eames. [--SAMPLE RECORD--]
The Scout Report: Volume 24, Number 21 (May 25, 2018)
Date Of Record Creation
July 18th, 2022 at 3:06pm
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July 18th, 2022 at 3:06pm
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