Cooper Hewitt Explores Tableware Designs Across the Centuries

Mary Ping and Joe Doucet's installation in "Tablescapes: Designs for Dining." Photography by Matt Flynn / Smithsonian Institution.

“Dining is and always was a great artistic opportunity.” The words of adorn a wall of New York’s as part of the exhibition “.” And the pieces on display prove the architect’s point. The show begins in the present, with a commission by 2017 National Design Award winners and Mary Ping. A large table and seating unit, made from discarded food packaging, is a collaboration between Ping, founder of , and New York-based architecture firm . The table is set with pieces by Doucet, 3-D printed by . Also on view is an impressive 19th-century centerpiece by sculptor Pierre-Philippe Thomire, displayed amid related objects. Rounding out the exhibition are textiles by American . Her colorful work is steadily gaining recognition – this is her first dedicated museum presentation in decades.

Mary Ping and Joe Doucet's installation in "Tablescapes: Designs for Dining." Photography by Matt Flynn / Smithsonian Institution. 

“” is on view until April 14, 2019 at the in New York.

Marguerita Mergentime's work in "Tablescapes: Designs for Dining." Photography by Matt Flynn / Smithsonian Institution. 
Surtout de table in "Tablescapes: Designs for Dining." Photography by Matt Flynn / Smithsonian Institution. 
Cocktail napkins by Marguerita Mergentime. Photography courtesy of Smithsonian Institute. 
Cup and saucer, 1813. Attributed to Alexandre Brongniart. Photography by Ellen McDermott / Smithsonian Institute. 
Joe Doucet's tableware, 3-D printed by Shapeways. Photography by Donatello Arm.
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