Welcome to the alpha release of our new collection database!
This is our stuff, we have lots of it
This database represents approximately 60% of the Museum’s diverse collection spanning twenty four centuries of historic and contemporary design, including seventeenth-century Japanese tsuba, Parisian parasol designs, postmodern glassware, modular toys, and fabric about the future.
An alpha 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.
In addition to the quirkiness of our data the website itself has not been optimized for the wide range of devices that people use today. That's fancy-talk for saying
This site is currently best viewed in a desktop web browser. Proper support for mobile devices and tablets will be available shortly, we promise.