Energizing the Everyday: Gifts from the George R. Kravis II Collection at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, April 28 – March 2017

Energizing the Everyday recognizes the collecting vision of Kravis and its synergy with Cooper Hewitt’s broad and diverse collection of modern and contemporary design. An early interest in records and a background in broadcasting inform Kravis’ enthusiasm for and knowledge of radios, televisions and technology. As Kravis’ 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. This exhibition features highlights of the Kravis collection dating from the early 20th century to the present. From lighting and furniture to tableware, textiles and office equipment, the exhibition makes visual and material connections across time and geography.” — Cooper Hewitt

Installation view of ÒEnergizing the Everyday: Gifts from the George R. Kravis II Collection.Ó Photo by Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution.

Installation view of Energizing the Everyday: Gifts from the George R. Kravis II Collection. Photo by Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution.

Drawing, Interior Ca. 1950 Designed by Mathieu MatŽgot (Hungarian and French, 1910-2001) France Gouache, ink, collage on paper 47 * 72.4 cm (18 1/2 * 28 1/2 in.) Promised gift of George R. Kravis II Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Drawing, Interior, Ca. 1950. Designed by Mathieu MatŽgot (Hungarian and French, 1910-2001). France. Gouache, ink, collage on paper, 47 x 72.4 cm (18 1/2 *x 28 1/2 in.). Promised gift of George R. Kravis II. Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Vanity Model 3920 1939 Designed by Gilbert Rohde (American, 1894 Ð 1944) Manufactured by Herman Miller Furniture Company (Zeeland, Michigan, USA) East Indian laurel, Sequoia burl, oak, acrylic, brass, patinated steel, leather, mirrored glass H x W x D: 127 * 127 * 43.2 cm (50 * 50 * 17 in.) Gift of George R. Kravis II, 2016 5 19 a/d Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Vanity Model 3920, 1939. Designed by Gilbert Rohde (American, 1894-1944). Manufactured by Herman Miller Furniture Company (Zeeland, Michigan, USA). East Indian laurel, Sequoia burl, oak, acrylic, brass, patinated steel, leather, mirrored glass. H x W x D: 127 x 127 x 43.2 cm (50 x 50 x 17 in.). Gift of George R. Kravis II, 2016 5 19 a/d. Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Patriot Radio 1940 Designed by Norman Bel Geddes (American, 1893Ð1958) Manufactured by Emerson Radio and Phonograph Corp. (New York, New York, USA) Cast phenolic plastic (Catalin), molded urea plastic, molded cellulose acetate, embossed acetate, metal H x W x D: 20.3 x 27.9 x 14 cm (8 in. x 11 in. x 5 1/2 in.) Gift of George R. Kravis II, 2014 10 1 Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Patriot Radio, 1940. Designed by Norman Bel Geddes (American, 1893-1958). Manufactured by Emerson Radio and Phonograph Corp. (New York, New York, USA). Cast phenolic plastic (Catalin), molded urea plastic, molded cellulose acetate, embossed acetate, metal. H x W x D: 20.3 x 27.9 x 14 cm (8 in. x 11 in. x 5 1/2 in.). Gift of George R. Kravis II, 2014 10 1. Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Poster, Post Office Underground Mail Train: London 1935 Designed by Lili RŽthi (American, born Austria, 1894 - 1969) London, England Offset Lithograph on paper 102 * 126.5 cm (40 3/16 * 49 13/16 in.) Promised gift of George R. Kravis II Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Poster, Post Office Underground Mail Train: London, 1935. Designed by Lili RŽthi (American, born Austria, 1894-1969). London, England. Offset Lithograph on paper. 102 x 126.5 cm (40 3/16 x 49 13/16 in.). Promised gift of George R. Kravis II. Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Poster, AmericaÕs Answer! Production 1942 Designed by Jean Carlu (French, active United States, 1900 - 1997) Printed by the U.S. Government Printing Office Published by the Office of Emergency Management (USA) Offset lithograph on paper 76.2 * 101.6 cm (30 * 40 in.) Promised gift of George R. Kravis II Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Poster, America’s Answer! Production, 1942. Designed by Jean Carlu (French, active United States, 1900-1997). Printed by the U.S. Government Printing Office. Published by the Office of Emergency Management (USA). Offset lithograph on paper. 76.2 x 101.6 cm (30 x 40 in.). Promised gift of George R. Kravis II. Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Triangles Textile 1952 Designed by Alexander Hayden Girard (American, 1907Ð1993) Manufactured by Herman Miller Textiles (Zeeland, Michigan, USA) Screen-printed linen Warp x Weft (A): 146.1 * 120 cm (57 1/2 * 47 1/4 in.); Warp x Weft (B): 146.1 * 116.2 cm (57 1/2 * 45 3/4 in.) Gift of George R. Kravis II, 2016 5 28 Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Triangles Textile, 1952. Designed by Alexander Hayden Girard (American, 1907-1993). Manufactured by Herman Miller. Textiles (Zeeland, Michigan, USA). Screen-printed linen. Warp x Weft (A): 146.1 x 120 cm (57 1/2 x 47 1/4 in.); Warp x Weft (B): 146.1 x 116.2 cm (57 1/2 x 45 3/4 in.). Gift of George R. Kravis II, 2016 5 28. Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Z Clock 1934 Designed by Gilbert Rohde (American, 1894 Ð 1944) Manufactured by Herman Miller Clock Company (Zeeland, Michigan, USA) Bent chrome plated tubular brass, enameled brass, plate glass H x W x D: 30.5 * 32 * 9 cm (12 in. * 12 5/8 in. * 3 9/16 in.) Promised gift of George R. Kravis II Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Clock, 1934. Designed by Gilbert Rohde (American, 1894-1944). Manufactured by Herman Miller Clock Company (Zeeland, Michigan, USA). Bent chrome plated tubular brass, enameled brass, plate glass. H x W x D: 30.5 x 32 x 9 cm (12 in. x 12 5/8 in. x 3 9/16 in.). Promised gift of George R. Kravis II. Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Normandie Pitcher 1935 Designed by Peter MŸller Munk (American, born Germany, 1904 - 1967) Manufactured by Revere Copper and Brass Company (Rome, New York, USA) Bent and joined chromium plated sheet brass H x W x D: 30.4 x 24.4 x 7.7 cm (11 15/16 x 9 5/8 x 3 1/16 in.) Gift of George R. Kravis II, 2014 25 2 Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Normandie Pitcher, 1935. Designed by Peter MiŸller Munk (American, born Germany, 1904-1967). Manufactured by Revere Copper and Brass Company (Rome, New York, USA). Bent and joined chromium plated sheet brass. H x W x D: 30.4 x 24.4 x 7.7 cm (11 15/16 x 9 5/8 x 3 1/16 in.). Gift of George R. Kravis II, 2014 25 2. Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Waterwitch Model MB 571.11 Outboard Motor Ca. 1937 Designed by John Richard Morgan (American, born Canada, 1903-1986) Manufactured by Kissel Motor Company (Hartford, Wisconsin, USA) Distributed by Sears, Roebuck and Co. (Chicago, Illinois, USA) Cast aluminum, steel, brass, molded rubber H x W x D: 93.5 * 40.5 * 55.5 cm (36 13/16 * 15 15/16 * 21 7/8 in.) Promised gift of George R. Kravis II Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Waterwitch Model MB 571.11 Outboard Motor, Ca. 1937. Designed by John Richard Morgan (American, born Canada, 1903-1986). Manufactured by Kissel Motor Company (Hartford, Wisconsin, USA). Distributed by Sears, Roebuck and Co. (Chicago, Illinois, USA). Cast aluminum, steel, brass, molded rubber. H x W x D: 93.5 x 40.5 x 55.5 cm (36 13/16 x 15 15/16 x 21 7/8 in.). Promised gift of George R. Kravis II. Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Armchair 1976 Designed by Shiro Kuramata (Japanese, 1934Ð1991) Manufactured by Mihoya Glass Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) Assembled laminated plate glass H x W x D: 86.4 * 90.2 * 61 cm (34 in. * 35 1/2 in. * 24 in.) Promised gift of George R. Kravis II Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Armchair, 1976. Designed by Shiro Kuramata (Japanese, 1934-1991). Manufactured by Mihoya Glass Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan).
Assembled laminated plate glass. H x W x D: 86.4 x 90.2 x 61 cm (34 in. x 35 1/2 in. x 24 in.). Promised gift of George R. Kravis II. Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Braniff Airways Model 66310 Armchair Ca. 1968 Designed by Alexander Hayden Girard (American, 1907Ð1993) for Braniff International Airways Manufactured by Herman Miller Furniture Company (Zeeland, Michigan, USA). Woven textile upholstery of cotton (46%), wool (33%), and nylon (21%), with vinyl, urethane foam, latex foam; molded plywood (body), cast aluminum (legs); H x W x D: 66 x 102.9 x 73.7 cm (26 in. x 40 1/2 in. x 29 in.) Gift of George R. Kravis II in honor of Caroline Baumann, 2013 37 1 Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Braniff Airways Model 66310 Armchair, Ca. 1968. Designed by Alexander Hayden Girard (American, 1907-1993) for Braniff International Airways. Manufactured by Herman Miller Furniture Company (Zeeland, Michigan, USA). Woven textile upholstery of cotton (46%), wool (33%), and nylon (21%), with vinyl, urethane foam, latex foam; molded plywood (body), cast aluminum (legs); H x W x D: 66 x 102.9 x 73.7 cm (26 in. x 40 1/2 in. x 29 in.). Gift of George R. Kravis II in honor of Caroline Baumann, 2013 37 1. Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Efira Bowl 1986 Designed by Ettore Sottsass (Italian, 1917Ð2007) Manufactured by Toso Vetri dÕArte for Memphis (Murano, Venice, Italy) Blown glass, sheet glass, brass wire H x diam.: 48.3 * 33.7 cm (19 in. * 13 1/4 in.) Promised gift of George R. Kravis II Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Efira Bowl, 1986. Designed by Ettore Sottsass (Italian, 1917-2007). Manufactured by Toso Vetri d’Arte for Memphis (Murano, Venice, Italy). Blown glass, sheet glass, brass wire. H x diam.: 48.3 x 33.7 cm (19 in. x 13 1/4 in.). Promised gift of George R. Kravis II. Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Little Sun Solar-Powered Lantern 2012 Designed by Olafur Eliasson (Danish, born 1967) and Frederik Ottesen Manufactured by Little Sun (Berlin, Germany) Molded plastic, solar panel, LED H x diam.: 4.4 * 12.1 cm (1 3/4 * 4 3/4 in.) Gift of George R. Kravis II, 2016 5 23 Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Little Sun Solar-Powered Lantern, 2012. Designed by Olafur Eliasson (Danish, born 1967) and Frederik Ottesen. Manufactured by Little Sun (Berlin, Germany). Molded plastic, solar panel, LED. H x diam.: 4.4 x 12.1 cm (1 3/4 x 4 3/4 in.). Gift of George R. Kravis II, 2016 5 23. Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

Photos by Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution. Courtesy Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum