A new and surprisingly humble addition to the Fully Furnished exhibit in Henry Ford Museum represents one step in the development of comfortable seating.
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.
After a highly successful career in graphic design, Walter Dorwin Teague turned to the young profession of industrial design, creating icons like the Kodak Brownie camera and Texaco service stations.
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.
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.
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.