Cooper-Hewitt Showcasing Work of Industrial Designers Recognized on New Stamps

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum continues to find creative ways to keep the doors open as it prepares for the $64 million expansion and renovation that will begin in earnest this fall. While the main galleries closed early last month, the museum’s Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden and the Shop at Cooper-Hewitt have been welcoming visitors all summer, gratis. Next up: an installation featuring the work of American industrial designers recognized by the U.S. Postal Service in the new series of Forever stamps that we’ve been hoarding since Issue Day (which was celebrated with a ceremony at the Cooper-Hewitt, then still all a-twinkle with Van Cleef & Arpels jewels). Opening tomorrow in the museum’s Great Hall, “Quicktake: Stamps of Approval” features nine objects from the collection of George R. Kravis II and a related design drawing from the museum’s Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department. Admission is free to admire streamlined wonders such as Henry Dreyfuss‘s 1937 Model 302 Bell telephone, the IBM “Selectric” typewriter designed in 1961 by Eliot Noyes, and Walter Dorwin Teague’s 1934 “Baby Brownie” camera, a black Bakelite box tricked out with Art Déco details. The installation will be on view through September 25, after which it will tour the country.