Shopping for a Modernist Holiday Tablescape at the Cooper Hewitt

December 11, 2014 9:33 PM

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One of my favorite holiday memories from my school days on East 91st Street (where I sported a very fashion-forward plaid jumper until age 11) is of browsing the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum's gift shop in search of exquisite, handmade Christmas ornaments and educational stocking stuffers. To the delight of design lovers everywhere, the 1902 Carnegie Mansion that the Museum calls it home is now the site of a brand new shop full of inventive and wonderful things just in time for the holidays.

I spoke with the Retail Director Chad Phillips about the new direction for the shop in anticipation of the Museum's December 12 re-opening, following a widely-praised $81 million renovation project. Interdisciplinary design studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro redesigned the iconic Gilded Age building, w...

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