[National Design Library, Arthur Ross Reading Room. Image courtesy of Cooper-Hewitt.]
Good news for design junkies and students: the Cooper-Hewitt has completed renovations of the museum’s two townhouses on East 90th Street in New York. Along with administrative offices and the graduate program, these buildings contain the now modernized National Design Library. Professionals, students and the general public -- yes, the public -- will be able to access the revamped library's rare-book room, open stacks, reference area and restored historic reading.
[Rendering of the new Textiles Conservation Laboratory. Image courtesy of Aniphase.]
Work just began elsewhere on the museum's campus, at Carnegie Mansion, where exhibition spaces and conservation facilities will be greatly enlarged. See an overview of RE: DESIGN, slated to be finished in 2013, and learn about the architectural team behind the project here.
[The UK cover and interior view via Thames & Hudson.]
One of my best 2011 purchases turned out to be Color Moves: Art & Fashion by Sonia Delaunay. $35 copies are still available at the Cooper-Hewitt gift shop. More on the show here and here.