Many familiar designs began with an idea worked out on paper. Cooper Hewitt's collection includes many drawings that document the genesis of finished works of all kinds: textiles, wallpaper, furniture, mass-produced products for the office and home, decorative arts, and even fine art.

  • Triad Chair
  • gilt fiberglass.
  • Gift of Wendell Castle, Courtesy of Barry Friedman, Ltd..
  • 2008-27-1
  • Sample, Ribbons
  • 66% cotton, 34% linen.
  • Gift of Alexander H. Girard.
  • 1969-165-66
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 3 images of this object.
  • Chest For Stereo (USA)
  • stack-laminated and carved walnut, metal, leather, stereo components.
  • Gift of Linda and Irwin R. Berman.
  • 2005-9-1-a/e
  • Egyptian Story Bangle Bracelet
  • carved pockwood, cut and polished turquoises and tsavorites, oxidized silver,....
  • Gift of Fiona Druckenmiller.
  • 2013-27-1
  • Ambassador Sherry Glass
  • mouth-blown crystal ("muslin glass").
  • Museum purchase through gift of Georgiana L. McClellan.
  • 1958-98-7
  • Ambassador Vase
  • mouth-blown crystal ("muslin glass").
  • Museum purchase through gift of Georgiana L. McClellan.
  • 1958-98-9
  • Drawing, Design for Regulator
  • graphite, yellow color pencil, pen and black ink on grayish paper stapled to....
  • Gift of Honeywell, Inc..
  • 1997-10-18