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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Stamps of Approval

Unless you're a wedding designer like Calder Clark, maybe you don't think much about stamps until the holidays roll around. (Although, I have to say, I always notice a beautifully designed stamp when a great looking one lands in my mailbox.) But I'm guessing design enthusiasts of all types will appreciate Stamps of Approval, a new exhibition honoring pioneers of American industrial design. Earlier this year, twelve influential 20th-century designers were recognized by the U.S. Postal Service with a collection of postage stamps. This traveling show, organized by the Cooper-Hewitt with the Philbrook Museum of Art, opens at the Smithsonian Castle in Washington, D.C. on November 15.

Visitors will be able to learn more about the innovative work commemorated by the stamps and see nine objects from the collection of George R. Kravis II -- iconic pieces which altered the look of everyday life in the 20th century. BTW, these stamps are available as Forever Stamps, meaning they are equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

Shown at top, Frederick Hurten Rhead’s 1936 “Fiesta” pitcher, first introduced by the Homer Laughlin China Co. as a budget-friendly, durable, and vibrantly colored tabletop option. And a personal fave: Walter Dorwin Teague’s 1934 “Baby Brownie” camera made of black Bakelite with Art Déco details on a box-shaped body. According to the Cooper-Hewitt, Teague viewed industrial design as both an art and an integral part of contemporary life.

The exhibition will be on view through April 29, 2012. In other museum news, click here to learn about a special upcoming event with Martha Stewart.

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Also of interest: Very Last Century and the Eames Elephant.

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