Indeed. I often take antique/old designs, technologies, tools, etc. and see how they can be redesigned and made useful again as modern inventions.
On the other side of the Beaux-Arts façade and iron-wrought doors of a 115-year-old mansion in the poshest neighborhood of Manhattan, you’ll find something odd: a sleek white and gray retro-futuristic desk shaped like a boomerang. Industrial magnate Andrew Carnegie surely never dreamed of such a thing, but what it signals is that you’ve just stepped into the all-new Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, open today for the first time since 2011.
The North façade of Carnegie Mansion, which serves as the main entrance to the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
The desk, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (TED Talk: A new museum wing … in a giant bubble), can be partitioned in two and slid behind a 2,000-pound hidden pivot door. It’s just one of the many new features being unveiled this week after the museum’s massive renovation. The stakes for all involved is clear: In a…
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