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Energizing The Everyday: Gifts From The George R. Kravis II Collection at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum


Energizing the Everyday celebrates the exceptional gifts from leading collector George R. Kravis II to Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. From radios to furniture, the exhibition displays some of the most influential objects in the history of modernism, alongside contextual works drawn from the museum’s collection. Having an early interest in records and a background in broadcasting, informs Kravis’s enthusiasm for and knowledge of radios, televisions, and technology.

As Kravis’s passion for design grew, he expanded his collecting efforts beyond American electronic devices to include industrial design and furnishings for the home and office from the United States, Europe and Asia. The exhibition features highlights of the Kravis collection dating from the early 20th century to the present. From industrial design and furniture to tableware and textiles, the exhibition makes visual and material connections across time and geography to relate the far-reaching impact of design on the enhancement of daily life.  —CHSDM


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