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Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974

Creator:
Jacques Seligmann & Co.  Search this
Subject:
Hauke, Cesar M. de (Cesar Mange)  Search this
Glaenzer, Eugene  Search this
Haardt, Georges  Search this
Seligman, Germain  Search this
Seligmann, Arnold  Search this
Parker, Theresa D.  Search this
Waegen, Rolf Hans  Search this
Trevor, Clyfford  Search this
Seligmann, René  Search this
Seligmann, Jacques  Search this
De Hauke & Co., Inc.  Search this
Jacques Seligmann & Co  Search this
Eugene Glaenzer & Co.  Search this
Germain Seligmann & Co.  Search this
Gersel  Search this
Type:
Gallery records
Topic:
Mackay, Clarence Hungerford, 1874-1938 -- Art collections  Search this
Schiff, Mortimer L. -- Art collections  Search this
Arenberg, duc d' -- Art collections  Search this
Liechtenstein, House of -- Art collections  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- France -- Paris  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war  Search this
Art dealers -- France -- Paris  Search this
La Fresnaye, Roger de, 1885-1925  Search this
Art, Renaissance  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Art treasures in war  Search this
Art, European  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial -- France -- Paris  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9936
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212486
AAA_collcode_jacqself
Theme:
The Art Market
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212486
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Jacques Maroger papers, 1923-1990

Creator:
Maroger, Jacques, 1884-1962  Search this
Subject:
Ladew, Harry  Search this
Anquetin, Louis  Search this
Dufy, Raoul  Search this
Fry, Roger Eliot  Search this
John, Augustus  Search this
Kelly, Gerald, Sir  Search this
Toudu, Sure  Search this
Verne, Henri  Search this
Maryland Institute, College of Art  Search this
Musée du Louvre  Search this
Evergreen House Foundation (Baltimore, Md.)  Search this
Ferargil Galleries  Search this
Galerie Louis Carré  Search this
Grand Central Art Galleries  Search this
Sagittarius Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Six Realists Gallery (Baltimore, Md.)  Search this
Topic:
Sculptors -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Artists' materials  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6352
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215088
AAA_collcode_marojacq
Theme:
Art Materials, Techniques, and Studio Art Education
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215088

Oral history interview with David and Michelle Holzapfel, 2008 January 6 and March 2

Interviewee:
Holzapfel, David, 1950-  Search this
Interviewer:
Holzapfel, Michelle, 1951-  Search this
Subject:
Fitzgerald, Dennis  Search this
Galbraith, Peter  Search this
Hosaluk, Michael  Search this
Nutt, Craig  Search this
Prestini, James  Search this
Sfirri, Mark  Search this
Canadian Crafts Council  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
United States Information Service  Search this
Wood Turning Center (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Croatia -- description and travel
Topic:
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Woodworkers -- Vermont -- interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15618
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)281469
AAA_collcode_holzap08
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_281469
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Oral history interview with David Holzapfel, 2008 January 26-March 2

Interviewee:
Holzapfel, David, 1950-  Search this
Interviewer:
Shea, Josephine, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Ancell, Nathan  Search this
Brelsford, Edmond  Search this
De Libero, Libero  Search this
Giuliani, Alfredo  Search this
Holzapfel, Michelle  Search this
Joseph, Peter T. (Peter Thomas)  Search this
O'Grady, Desmond  Search this
Sheldon, Roy  Search this
Marietta College  Search this
Marlboro College  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Pritam & Eames  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Africa -- description and travel
Europe -- description and travel
Italy -- description and travel
Topic:
Poetry  Search this
Woodworking -- Study and teaching  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15620
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)281472
AAA_collcode_holzad08
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_281472
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Jacques Maroger papers

Creator:
Maroger, Jacques, 1884-1962  Search this
Names:
Evergreen House Foundation (Baltimore, Md.)  Search this
Ferargil Galleries  Search this
Galerie Louis Carré  Search this
Grand Central Art Galleries  Search this
Maryland Institute, College of Art  Search this
Musée du Louvre  Search this
Sagittarius Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Six Realists Gallery (Baltimore, Md.)  Search this
Anquetin, Louis, 1861-1932  Search this
Dufy, Raoul, 1877-1953  Search this
Fry, Roger Eliot, 1866-1934  Search this
John, Augustus, 1878-1961  Search this
Kelly, Gerald, Sir, 1879-1972  Search this
Ladew, Harry  Search this
Toudu, Sure  Search this
Verne, Henri, b. 1880  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot ((on 1 microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1923-1990
Scope and Contents:
Biographical material; letters; business records; writings; notes and notebooks; printed material; photographs.
Included are a biographical sketch; letters, 1924-1958, from Louis Anquetin, Raoul Dufy, Roger Fry, Augustus John, Gerald Kelly, and Sure Toudu; letters from Henri Verne of the Louvre Museum regarding Maroger's appointment as technical director of conservation for the Louvre, 1930-1939; business records, 1948-1962, containing correspondence and receipts from galleries, museums, and publishers regarding Maroger's paintings and his book The Secret Formulas and Techniques of the Masters, among them Galerie Louis Carre & Co. (Paris), Grand Central Art Galleries (New York City), Studio Publications, and Thomas Y. Crowell publishers; a typescript of a speech delivered by Maroger at the "Conference de Londres"; typescript chapters from his book; writings by unidentifed authors on the preparation of heated oil for painting, 1923 and paint mediums, 1949; notes, undated and 2 notebooks, 1923-1937, containing research on paint mediums, pigments, techniques and the artists who used them; a scrapbook of clippings, 1930-1935 mainly from French newspapers regarding his research, and one, 1941-1949, from Baltimore and New York papers about his students at the Maryland Institute, College of Art and exhibitions of his paintings; loose clippings, 1950-1964; exhibition announcements and catalogs, 1947-1962, from Maroger's group and one-man shows at Ferargil Galleries, the Grand Central Art Galleries, including the Maroger Baltimore Group of Painters which showed there, Evergreen House Foundation, Sagittarius Gallery, the Six Realists Gallery, and elsewhere; miscellaneous printed material, 1948-1966; and photographs, 1962, 1990 and undated and a photo album, 1953-1971, of Maroger, his wife Olga, Evergreen House, and works of art (annotated with size and price); of Harry Ladew and a painting of Ladew by Maroger; and of painted furniture, possibly examples for Maroger's painted furniture designs of the Goblins Tapestries.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, conservator; Paris, France, New York, N.Y., and Baltimore, Md. In the 1930s, Maroger was technical director of the laboratories of the Louvre Museum, a professor at the School of the Louvre, and President of the Association of French Restorers. He received the Legion of Honor in 1937. Maroger came to the U.S. in 1939 and taught at the Parsons School of Design and for 20 years at the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore. He studied the paint mediums of the masters, and outlined them in his book, The Secret Formulas and Techniques of the Masters (New York: Studio Publications, 1948).
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming 1992 by Simone LeFaivfre, sister of Maroger's widow Olga.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Conservators  Search this
Painters -- Maryland -- Baltimore  Search this
Topic:
Sculptors -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Artists' materials  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.marojacq
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-marojacq

A blackamoor's progress the ornamental black body in European furniture Adrienne L. Childs

Author:
Childs, Adrienne L  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Europe
Date:
2016
Topic:
Africans in art  Search this
Decorative arts, Black  Search this
Decorative arts--African influences  Search this
Furniture design  Search this
Call number:
N8232 .R47 2016
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1118020

Danish modern furniture, 1930-2016 : the rise, decline and re-emergence of a cultural market category / Per H. Hansen ; translated by Mark Mussari

Author:
Hansen, Per H.  Search this
Translator:
Mussari, Mark  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 510 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Denmark
Date:
2018
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Furniture--History  Search this
National characteristics, Danish  Search this
Civilization  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1107961

Herman Miller : a way of living / edited by Amy Auscherman, Sam Grawe and Leon Ransmeier

Editor:
Auscherman, Amy  Search this
Grawe, Sam  Search this
Ransmeier, Leon  Search this
Subject:
Herman Miller, Inc  Search this
Physical description:
614 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Catalogs
History
Place:
United States
Date:
2019
20th century
Topic:
Furniture design--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1107965

Silla mexicana = Mexican chair / textos, Ana Elena Mallet, Jorge F. Rivas Pérez ; fotografía, Jorge Vértiz

Title:
Mexican chair
Writer of supplementary textual content:
Mallet Cárdenas, Ana Elena  Search this
Rivas, Jorge  Search this
Photographer:
Vértiz, Jorge  Search this
Physical description:
262 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
Mexico
Date:
2017
Topic:
Chairs  Search this
Furniture design  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1109195

The Thonet brand a look at its graphic design history = Die Marke Thonet : ein Blick auf ihre grafische Geschichte Lilo Schäfer

Title:
Marke Thonet ein Blick auf ihre grafische Geschichte
Author:
Schäfer, Lilo  Search this
Author:
Schäfer, Lilo Thonet brand  Search this
Schäfer, Lilo Thonet brand German  Search this
Physical description:
198 pages chiefly illustrations (chiefly color) 22 cm
Type:
Catalogs
History
Place:
Germany
Date:
2019
20th century
Topic:
Chairs  Search this
Branding (Marketing)--History  Search this
Graphic design (Typography)--History  Search this
Product design--History  Search this
Branding (Marketing)  Search this
Graphic design (Typography)  Search this
Product design  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1111042

Furniture boom : mid-century modern Danish furniture 1945-75 / Lars Dybdahl

Author:
Dybdahl, Lars  Search this
Physical description:
383 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Denmark
Date:
2018
20th century
Topic:
Furniture--History  Search this
Furniture design--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1107286

Jiang shuo gou zao : Zhonghua chuan tong jia ju zuo fa / Qiao Zilong zhu hui

Title:
匠说构造 : 中华传统家具作法 / 乔子龙著, 绘
Zhonghua chuan tong jia ju zuo fa
中华传统家具作法
Ill:
Qiao, Zilong 1964-  Search this
Physical description:
2 volumes : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
Type:
Drawings
Place:
China
Date:
2016
Topic:
Furniture--History  Search this
Furniture design  Search this
Furniture making  Search this
Furniture  Search this
Woodwork  Search this
Call number:
TT196 .Q53 2016
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1078657

Möbel im modernen englischen Style von G.C. Krause

Author:
Krause, G. C  Search this
Physical description:
40 leaves of plates all illustrations 36 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1887
1888
Topic:
Cabinetwork  Search this
Decoration and ornament--Victorian style  Search this
Furniture design  Search this
Furniture  Search this
Renaissance revival (Art)  Search this
Call number:
NK2260 .K73 1887
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_970828

The cabinet-maker and upholsterer's drawing-book In three parts By Thomas Sheraton, cabinet-maker

Author:
Sheraton, Thomas 1751-1806  Search this
Engraver:
Barlow, Inigo  Search this
Barret, George approximately 1767-1842  Search this
Cooke, J. fl. 1791-1794  Search this
Newton, James 1748-approximately 1804  Search this
Thornthwaite, A. active 18th century  Search this
Towes  Search this
Walker, George -approximately 1795  Search this
Printer:
Bensley, Thomas approximately 1760-1835  Search this
Bookseller:
Jordan, J. S (Jeremiah Samuel),)  Search this
Matthews, James 1741 or 2-1804  Search this
Terry, Garnet  Search this
Wayland, Levi -1795  Search this
Author:
Sheraton, Thomas 1751-1806 Accompaniment to The cabinet-maker and upholsterer's drawing-book  Search this
Sheraton, Thomas 1751-1806 Appendix to The cabinet-maker and upholsterer's drawing-book  Search this
Physical description:
3 volume in 1, [112] leaves of plates in various foliations (some folded) illustrations, plans 27 cm. (4to)
Type:
Early works to 1800
Drawings
Place:
England
Date:
1793
1794
Topic:
Cabinetwork  Search this
Furniture design  Search this
Furniture  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Upholstery  Search this
Call number:
NK2542.S5 A354 1793X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_976577

100% Norway [curator, Henrietta Thompson ; editors, Henrietta Thompson & Thomas Aastad]

Title:
100 per cent Norway
Author:
100% Norway  Search this
100% Design (2007 : Earl's Court, London.)  Search this
Editor:
Aastad, Thomas  Search this
Thompson, Henrietta  Search this
Physical description:
73 pages color illustrations 15 x 21 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
Norway
Date:
2007
Topic:
Furniture design  Search this
Industrial design  Search this
Interior decoration accessories  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Call number:
TS81 .A15 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_968471

100% Norway [curator, Henrietta Thompson ; editors, Henrietta Thompson & Thomas Aastad]

Title:
100 per cent Norway
Author:
100% Norway  Search this
100% Design (2008 : Earl's Court, London.)  Search this
Editor:
Aastad, Thomas  Search this
Thompson, Henrietta  Search this
Physical description:
73 pages color illustrations 15 x 21 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
Norway
Date:
2008
Topic:
Furniture design  Search this
Industrial design  Search this
Interior decoration accessories  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_968472

Honolulu -- Lewis Family Garden

Former owner:
Jones, Peter Christian  Search this
Lewis, Abe, Jr.  Search this
Lewis, Alice  Search this
Lewis, Dudley  Search this
Provenance:
The Garden Club of Honolulu  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Lewis Family Garden (Honolulu, Hawaii)
United States of America -- Hawaii -- Honolulu -- Honolulu
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets and a features plan.
General:
Located on less than one acre, this garden is in the rainforest of the Ko'olau Range on the Island of Oahu at an elevation of 1000 feet. The property was established in the 1800s and has been in the Lewis Family for over a century. The garden is designed right around the house with several small grass areas in the front and on the sides of the house. Plantings include kamani and koa trees, golden bamboo, ginger, tree ferns, and gardenia bushes. The garden includes two natural ponds with giant koi and waterfalls. Furniture designed by Walter Lamb provides outdoor seating. Floor to ceiling windows in the living room overlook the main pond and provide a view into the rain forest.
Persons associated with the garden include: Peter Christian Jones (former owner, 1800s), Abe Lewis, Jr. (former owner, 1890s-1906), Alice Lewis (former owner, 1906- ), Dudley Lewis ( -1962).
Related Materials:
Lewis Family Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (15 digital images)
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Topic:
Gardens -- Hawaii -- Honolulu  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File HI059
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Hawaii
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref6382

Alfons Bach Papers

Creator:
Bach, Alfons, 1904-1999  Search this
Names:
Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Company  Search this
Callaway Mills  Search this
Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive  Search this
General Electric Company  Search this
Heywood-Wakefield Company  Search this
Palm Trail Plaza  Search this
Philco Corporation  Search this
Ridgeway Center  Search this
Sach's New York  Search this
Seneca Textile Building  Search this
Extent:
6 Cubic feet (5 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Slides
Clippings
Aerial photographs
Sketches
Photographs
Plans
Proposals
Exhibition catalogs
Writings
Speeches
Awards
Scrapbooks
Certificates
Date:
1934 - 1992
Scope and Contents:
Biographical files cover the period from 1938-1989 and include resumes, clippings, correspondence, certificates, awards, speeches, brochures for exhibitions, and artwork. Project files cover the period from 1934-1961 and contain clippings, catalogs, brochures, and scrapbooks. This collection documents Bach's work as an industrial designer, architect, and painter from 1934-1992.

The files on the Ridgeway Center mall are particularly extensive. Photographs cover the period from 1937-1961 and document Bach's design projects, particularly the Ridgeway Center, his house in Stamford, and the Miami and New York offices of Callaway Mills. Portraits of Bach and his family are included as well. Glass lantern slides document of seven of Bach's interior and exterior design projects. Also included are several signed and numbered prints of Bach's watercolor scenes of the Riviera.
Arrangement:
Materials are arranged chronologically within four series.

Series 1: Biographical files, 1938-1989

Series 2: Project files, 1934-1961

Series 3: Photogaphs, 1937-1961

Series 4: Glass Slides
Biographical / Historical:
Industrial designer, architect, and painter. Born in Germany, 1904. Bach studied film directing and design in Europe. He turned to industrial design upon immigrating to the United States in 1926. His design work from 1932-53 include a Philco radio, furniture for Heywood-Wakefield, carpets for Bigelow-Sanford, and appliances for General Electric. Bach designed and built his own home in Stamford, Connecticut, in 1938.

In the late 1940s, he developed a plan for one of the first shopping malls in America, the Ridgeway Center of Stamford. He remodeled the interior and exterior of Sach's furniture store, 1948-49, and redesigned the Seneca Textile Building on 34th Street in Manhattan in 1952. Bach moved to Florida in 1959, where he designed the Palm Trail Plaza, a marina apartment complex in Delray Beach, completed in 1961. In addition, Bach was also a noted painter. His watercolors were featured in numerous exhibitions in the United States and Europe.
Related Archival Materials:
431 drawings of designs for furniture, textiles, lamps, pianos, clocks, appliances, and retail, office, and home interiors.,Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Drawings and Prints Department.
Provenance:
All materials were donated by Alfons Bach in 1993.
Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Occupation:
Industrial designers -- United States  Search this
Architects -- United States  Search this
Topic:
Design, Industrial -- United States  Search this
Display of merchandise  Search this
Furniture design -- United States  Search this
Radio -- Receivers and reception  Search this
Carpets -- United States  Search this
Interior decoration -- United States  Search this
Architecture -- Designs and plans  Search this
Shopping malls -- United States  Search this
Watercolor painting -- United States  Search this
Apartment houses  Search this
Genre/Form:
Slides
Clippings
Aerial Photographs
Sketches
Photographs -- 20th century
Plans
Proposals
Exhibition catalogs
Writings
Speeches
Awards
Scrapbooks
Certificates
Citation:
Alfons Bach Papers, 1934-1992, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1272
See more items in:
Alfons Bach Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1272

Design Research, Inc. collection

Creator:
Design Research, Inc.  Search this
Names:
Benjamin Thompson and Associates  Search this
Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive  Search this
Design Research, Inc.  Search this
Marimekko Oy  Search this
Thompson, Benjamin, 1918-2002  Search this
Extent:
6.5 Cubic feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Writings
Press releases
Legal correspondence
Resumes
Drawings
Clippings
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Speeches
Financial records
Correspondence
Date:
1953-1979
Summary:
This collection consists ofcorrespondence, scrapbooks, catalogs, brochures, original drawings, photographs, financial records, resumes, legal documents, magazine articles, business records, press releases, artwork, and samples of boxes, bags, and buttons. Files documenting the company's history include a statement of the company's philosophy and records pertaining to the establishment of new stores in various cities. Project files document the furniture, fabrics, rugs, and accessories imported and design by Design Research, Inc. Bound reprints of articles that appeared in Interiors and International Design magazines are included. Clippings and other records documenting the design and construction of D/R stores are provided in the files pertaining to Benjamin Thompson & Associates, Inc. Also found in these files is a printed and bound presentation copy of Thompson's address, "The Craft of Design and the Art of Building", along with other articles by and about Thompson. Additional information pertaining to D/R's association with Marimekko can be found in the Cooper- Hewitt Design Archive's Marimekko Collection.
Arrangement note:
Unprocessed. Consists of six record groups: 1) Company history; 2) Office records; 3) Project files; 4) Clippings and Scrapbooks; 5) Benjamin Thompson & Associates, Inc. for D/R; and 6) Photographs.
Biographical/Historical note:
Retail establishment and product design. Design Research, Inc. (D/R), founded in 1953 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by architect Benjamin Thompson, specialized in the latest post-war products for the modern home. The displays in the stores were considered unique in that they were designed at domestic scale and the products were shown in realistic, homelike arrangements.

Products were sought and selected based on the anticipated preferences of customers, not on traditional retail buying patterns. At the time, the availability of "good design" was limited to wholesale firms such as Herman Miller and Knoll. Thompson was the first to introduce the work of many European and Asian designers to the American retail market, including the work of the design firm of Marimekko for which D/R was the exclusive U.S. represenative. The company also created many of its own products including chairs manufactured by Thonet. D/R later opened stores in New York City, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. Thompson's own architectural firm, Benjamin Thompson & Associates, Inc., designed all of the D/R stores. For the San Francisco store, Thomspon renovated the former Ghirardelli Chocolate factory. Even after the stores officially closed in 1978, D/R remained a model for many merchants.
Provenance:
The materials in this collection were donated to Cooper-Hewitt in 1995 by Benjamin and Jane Thompson.
Restrictions:
Unprocessed; access is limited. Permission of Library Director required for use.
Topic:
Furniture design -- United States -- History -- 20th century  Search this
Retail trade -- United States  Search this
Furniture store  Search this
Display of merchandise -- United States  Search this
House furnishings -- United States  Search this
Stores, Retail -- Design  Search this
Stores, Retail -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Writings
Press releases
Legal correspondence
Resumes
Drawings
Clippings
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Speeches
Financial records
Correspondence
Identifier:
SIL-CH.1997-123-2
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sil-ch-1997-123-2

Oral history interview with Massimo Vignelli, 2011 June 6-7

Interviewee:
Vignelli, Massimo, 1931-2014  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
De Carlo, Giancarlo  Search this
Domus  Search this
Eames, Charles  Search this
Eames, Ray  Search this
Eckerstrom, Ralph E. (Ralph Eugene)  Search this
Eco, Umberto  Search this
Frau, Poltrona  Search this
Gardella, Ignazio  Search this
Graves, Michael  Search this
Kacik, Walter  Search this
Kahn, Louis I.  Search this
Le Corbusier  Search this
Loos, Adolf  Search this
Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig  Search this
Pagano, Giuseppe  Search this
Pomodoro, Arnaldo  Search this
Ponti, Gio  Search this
Rams, Dieter  Search this
Scarpa, Carlo  Search this
Terragni, Giuseppe  Search this
Toscani, Oliviero  Search this
Venturi, Robert  Search this
Vignelli, Lella  Search this
Zevi, Bruno  Search this
Benetton (Firm)  Search this
Container Corporation of America  Search this
Herman Miller, Inc.  Search this
Knoll Associates, inc.  Search this
Metron Orts- und Regionalplanung  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
New York City Transit Authority  Search this
New York Herald.  Search this
Rochester Institute of Technology  Search this
Sansoni (Firm)  Search this
Steelcase, Inc.  Search this
United States. National Park Service  Search this
United States Postal Service  Search this
Venini International  Search this
Vignelli Associates  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Architectural design  Search this
Architecture, American  Search this
Architecture -- Europe  Search this
Architecture, Italian  Search this
Architecture -- Italy  Search this
Architecture, Japanese  Search this
Architecture -- United States  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Costume design  Search this
Design  Search this
Designers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Furniture design  Search this
Postmodernism  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15958
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)302171
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Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_302171
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