Chilewich Textiles Selected for Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Permanent Collection
Storied museum to feature seven Chilewich styles including Plexi Pockets
Recognizing Chilewich’s important contributions to the world of textiles, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has accepted seven Chilewich styles, including Plexi Pockets, into its permanent collection. Each work is innovative and unique, featuring not only high-quality aesthetics but durability and stain-resistance. “People have often heard me say that making something beautiful is easy. Making something beautiful that is also durable and easy to clean is truly my passion,” says creative director and founder, Sandy Chilewich, about her work.
The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection highlights a curated selection of unique objects that span thirty centuries of historic and contemporary design. The Permanent Collection consists of more than 200,000 objects representing contemporary and historical design in four curatorial departments – Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design; Product Design and Decorative Arts; Textiles; and Wallcoverings. Located in New York City, the Cooper Hewitt is one of nineteen museums that falls under the wing of the Smithsonian Institution and is the only museum in the United States devoted to historical and contemporary design.
Chilewich products chosen for the collection include Spun, Lattice, Tulle Tech, Pressed Dot, Brocade, Plaid runners, and the new material concept Plexi Pockets. Known for challenging the boundaries and expectations of textile design, these styles are a natural fit for the Cooper Hewitt’s collection and will be on permanent display.
Chilewich original textiles have been enhancing interiors around the world since 2000. Each season, a new collection for table and floor that embodies the company’s distinctive aesthetic and unique vision is created by founder and creative director Sandy Chilewich. Continually stretching the boundaries of what to expect from a textile, Chilewich styles are renowned worldwide for their durability, ease of care and inventive design. With a commitment to “Made in the U.S.A.”, Chilewich designs and utilizes custom machines to produce their placemats, of which over 1.6 million are made each year. Additionally, over 15,000 rugs are individually self-bound by hand annually. Guided by innovation and discerning taste, Chilewich designs exemplify the new standards for modern textiles.