New York Times lauds Cooper-Hewitt’s Object of the Day blog, brainchild of Baumann ’87

This U.S. World War II propaganda poster was the Dec. 8, 2012, entry on the Cooper-Hewitt’s Object of the Day blog. Poster: Give ‘Em Both Barrels. Designed by Jean Carlu, printed by the U.S. Government Printing Office, 1941. 1980-32-1201.

The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s Object of the Day blog, brainchild of Caroline Baumann ’87, is the “best new blog in the design world,” writes New York Times style writer David Colman.

Baumann is the Cooper-Hewitt’s acting director.

The Object of the Day blog, writes Colman, is “curation in all its glory,” noting that recent entries have ranged from a Saul Bass movie poster, a 14th-century polka-dot silk-velvet fabric and modern Braille wallpaper.

He says that Baumann’s “enthusiasm for so many forms of design ingenuity, as well as the icebergian riches of the museum’s vast holdings” inspired the blog, which is researched, written and produced by museum curators.

“It was something I had been wanting to do for years and years, so I am thrilled,” Baumann tells Colman. “We have 25 centuries in our collection here.”