"From the outset, the Museum asked us to focus the souvenir program on the image of the museum’s building, the historical Carnegie Mansion. Victorian architecture of the mansion has been a difficult fit with the language of contemporary design. To that end, we’ve rendered the building façade as a giant digital emoticon, entirely out of keyboard symbols and punctuation marks.
This graphic treatment brings the language of the 19th century building straight into the twenty-first century, closer to sensibility of the young generation of museum visitors. The flexible graphic icon can assume many different mutations and updates, depending on the fonts used.
The first collection consists of basic souvenir types: t-shirts, coffee mugs, notebooks." -Constantin Boym
Featuring the Mansion as an emoticon, the building façade has been rendered as a digital emoticon entirely out of keyboard symbols and punctuation marks. This twenty-first century graphic interpretation of the 19th century Cooper Hewitt building has been printed on the cover of our scout notebook. The white scout notebook contains lined pages while the black notebook contains a dot grid.
Constantin and Laurene Boym had their practice in New York since 1986. In 2009 Boym Partners were a winner of the National Design Award. Boym Partners bring a critical, experimental approach to a range of products that infuse humor and wit into the everyday. Their work is included in the permanent collections of many design museums, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Boym Partners are the recipient of the 2009 National Design Award for Product Design.