Long before Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone, Henry Dreyfuss was taking bold steps with phone designs like the Western Electric.
How did Charles and Ray Eames combine plywood and steel rod to create something that's both graceful and comfortable?
Learn about the evolution of modern studio glass — a blend of art, science, and technological innovation — by exploring pieces from the Bruce and Ann Bachman Collection.
How did disposable apparel became a fashionable fad in the 1960s before fizzling in the 1970s?
Buckminster Fuller's invention inspires far more than just designers of dwellings.
Before dark clothing and dyed jet-black hair, gothic style was an alternative trend for victorian Americans.
Visiting Conneticut? We've recently loaned a Tall Case Clock to the Yale University Art Gallery for their exhibit Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830.
Our experts reveal the surprisingly curious connections between two quirky early American chair designs and one modern classic.
Walk through a living catalog of American style spanning 130 years. Rare in scope and detail, dozens of wearable time capsules — discovered carefully boxed up in an attic — tell an engaging epic of American style and spirit.
Explore the sense of art and design evident in Edsel Ford's early artwork to learn how his vision shaped future Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models.
Large manufacturing facilities aren’t always associated with light and architectural beauty — unless they’ve been designed by famed industrial architect Albert Kahn.
Visit Henry Ford Museum this summer to see winning entries from the Industrial Designers Society of America's International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA 2016®).
The restoration of Dymaxion House gives more context to an iconic design dream for domestic dwellings.
Designers in Switzerland are working to produce a tool to provide support for workers who are required to stand to perform their jobs.
The first heating stoves, sewing machines, and televisions seemed out of place next to furniture, so designers used cabinetry to conceal functional parts so they would blend into their environments.
Step inside a 119-square-foot house with Jay Shafer, designer and builder of tiny homes.
This artistically suspended piece explores the complex way plywood, leather, and aluminum came together to form Charles and Ray Eames' innovative -- yet classic -- lounge chair and ottoman.
Paul Revere showed his strength as a true American craftsman with his elegant and personal interpretation of the European style in silversmithing.
Discover how applying scientific knowledge to technical innovations can lead to beautiful artistic expression in glass.
Find out why Herman Miller’s Aeron chair has been called "the most privileged chair in the office."
Would you be surprised to learn that several of fashion’s greatest studied architecture before learning to drape a dress?
Explore 130 years of fashions and lives of an entrepreneurial family. As American as aspiration, the clothing reveals a sense of self-expression against a backdrop of history.
Dive deep into the story of studio glass with the artists who pushed the boundaries of traditional glassmaking in the new Davidson-Gerson Modern Glass Gallery.
More often than not, these two disciplines and the artists that practice them go hand in hand.
Botanicals, bees and even human figures found life in studio glass artist Paul Stankard's marvelous miniature worlds.
Before creating icons like the Kodak Brownie camera and Texaco service stations, industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague had to leap into another dimension.
Charles and Ray Eames' fascination with the circus and early Americana comes to life in signage designed for the 1964 World's Fair.
How can nanotechnology keep the fabric of our favorite fashions dry and stain-free?
Explore one of the final stages in the design of the groundbreaking Aeron chair.
A study in contrasts, this angular 1937 Sparton radio was created by Walter Dorwin Teague, a designer renowned for his use of streamlined forms.
Browse Herman Miller's guide to "radical" 1950s furniture.
While one of Buckminster Fuller’s most ambitious inventions—the Dymaxion House—never achieved commercial success, his unconventional dwelling has inspired generations of innovators.
In the early 1980s, Detroit-area industrial design firm Sundberg-Ferar, Inc. worked with the Lockheed Corporation and NASA to develop concepts for a manned space station.
With the Davidson-Gerson Modern Glass Gallery opening in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation last fall, Greenfield Village is the site for the next chapter in this exhibit's story.
Step in to modernism at industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague's reimagined Texaco station.
Discover how science and art combine to create pieces that challenge our expectations of glass.
Creating soft goods with 3-D printing was unheard of until three friends developed a process to use techniques from biomedical engineering.
Modern studio glass—a blend of art, science, and technological innovation—embraces the notion of glass as a medium for creative expression, in contrast to its use in industrial production.
Ever have an idea that just got away from you? That's the story behind the office cubicle we all love to hate and its underappreciated designer Robert Propst.
Chief Curator Marc Greuther presented the Curator’s Choice Award at this year’s Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) awards to …
A new and surprisingly humble addition to the Fully Furnished exhibit in Henry Ford Museum represents one step in the development of comfortable seating.
One battered-looking artifact gives us a window into the creation of one of the most enduringly popular chair designs ever produced.
Some of history's most note-worthy inventions received patents after a review of models like these submitted by Thomas Edison.
This group of radios documents 50 years of design, showing a dynamic range of materials and forms — from bakelite to glass, the glamorous to the ubiquitous, space age to the miniature age.
The upscale Partio -- an all-in-one electric range, charcoal barbeque, and rotisserie -- evokes America's sense of optimism during the Eisenhower era.
Industrial designer Don Chadwick shares his philosophy about how experiments and risks lead to great design.
Throughout history, comfortable chairs have been hard to come by.
Henry Ford refused to slow down production, so color choices were abandoned. These gifts honor his boldness, his vision and of course, his stubbornness.
This battered fiberglass chair shell perched on a trash can represents an early step in a lengthy design process eventually resulting in a chair you’ve likely sat on.