This database represents approximately 69% of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s diverse collection spanning thirty centuries of historic and contemporary design, including a flying saucer shooting a yellow beam at a one-eyed creature's head, a space suit, flight patterns, a well-dressed dog, some ethereal dragons and and lions.

This is a kind of living document, meaning that development is ongoing — object research is being added, bugs are being fixed, and erroneous terms are being revised. In spite of the eccentricities of raw data, you can begin exploring the collection and discovering unexpected connections among objects and designers.

If you'd like to see what we've been up to lately you can start by taking a look at the objects we acquired this year and last year or you can browse the objects currently on display in the galleries or you can see objects we've recently photographed.

You can also see our tallest, shortest, widest or narrowest objects - or just search for yourself.