This database represents approximately 79% of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s diverse collection spanning thirty centuries of historic and contemporary design, including turtles, a holiday map, thoughts on typography, electronic intelligence, a cat wishing it could play the guitar and George “The Iceman” Gervin.

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.