Bay-area designer Erica Tanov's recent foray into bedding and other housewares includes small prints and intricate embroidery -- some pieces representing collaborations with artist Emily Payne and Creative Growth.
[Pop child's chair by Enzo Mari, styrofoam, Italy, 2004. Collection of Philadelphia Museum of Art.]
As it happens, the Museum has a volunteer group specifically oriented to design professionals: Collab. They've been supporting the institution's modern and contemporary design collections since 1970 and have a special focus on outreach, not just to the established design community, but to students as well. One annual project, for example, is the college level Student Design Competition. Membership fees are far more accessible than at other museums, by the way. Find details here and look for more on decorative arts and design friends groups, on this blog, during the next few weeks.