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This database represents approximately 75% of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s diverse collection spanning thirty centuries of historic and contemporary design, including electronic intelligence, a cat wishing it could play the guitar, George “The Iceman” Gervin, a Chinese grocery, icebergs and funny looking birds.

A beta release is an early release and means that active 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.