The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum has provided a valuable gift to the design world: a digitized catalog of more than 200,000 objects in its collection. Some 90 percent of the museum’s items—ranging from exquisite design drawings and lace fragments from the 16th century to a 3D-printed scoliosis brace made last year—are all perusable online. The online collection spans thirty centuries of design.
“This is a kind of living document, meaning that development is ongoing...” explains the museum’s collection page. “In spite of the eccentricities of raw data, you can begin exploring the collection and discovering unexpected connections among objects and designers.”
Items are searchable by the typical keywords, as well as categories including color, dimensions, country of origin, time period, publication, year acquired by the museum, and highlights.