features
#118 / 2020
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Stay home and research

The 24-hour emergency workers on the COVID-19 front lines want us to stay home to stop the spread. To help those with an interest in furniture design resist the temptation to venture outside (except for some physical-distancing exercise) various websites offer image databases for stay-at-home research.

Cranbrook Academy of Art

Historic photograph collection

Michigan-based school archive with 57 b/w images of prototypes Eero Saarinen, Charles Eames and other designers developed for Knoll

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Design Museum Danmark

Furniture index database

Copenhagen online databases with Furniture Index to browse 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s

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The Visual Arts Data Service

UK art and design databases

Maintained by SE England's University for the Creative Arts includes Design Council Slide Collection, Design Council Archives, High Wycombe Furniture Archive and a full search feature

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British Pathé

Modern 1950s and 1960s UK furniture

Spannning 1896 to 1978, one of the finest newsreel archives in the world includes ICA Gallery (1952), Heal's department store (1958), Verner Panton (1962), inflatable furniture (1968)

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Museum of Design Zurich

Furniture collection

Founded in 1875, with a wide range of collections of over 3,600 furniture images

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Filmmaker Gary Hustwit

Design documentaries

Free week-long streams of Gary Hustwit films during the COVID-19 crisis
March 31 to April 7: Urbanized
April 7 to April 14: Rams
April 14 to 21: Extras, Extras, Extras!

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The id Archives

360° furniture images

Anonymous website (April 2020), registered in Hong Kong, with six furniture pieces and 14 industrial design items, including a zippo lighter (1933) and the volksempfanger radio (1933)

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