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Dive down an online rabbit hole of 200,000 design objects

The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has digitized 90 percent of its collection

1920s sideboard
Sideboard, the Kem Weber Group, 1928-29
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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.

UNYQ Align Scoliosis Brace Prototype, 2016
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

“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.

Savonarola Chair, 16th century
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Via: ArchDaily