19 July 2022

Design

Today, Scala Archives is one of the essential sources for illustrating projects dedicated to Design and its history. Thanks to partnerships with prestigious museums such ...

Today, Scala Archives is one of the essential sources for illustrating projects dedicated to Design and its history. Thanks to partnerships with prestigious museums such as the MoMA in New York, the V&A in London, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, and other private collections, Scala Archives guarantees access to a single database of more than 40,000 design related images.

From the home to the office design is an integral part of our daily life. Dimensions, shapes, and colors of objects by unknown authors as well as iconic pieces by famous designers are now represented in rich museum collections such as the following ones:

MoMa and the great masters of Design

Eclisse Table Lamp, 1966. Lacquered aluminum, 7 x 4 1/2′. Manufactured by Artemide S.p.A. Milan,  © Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence – 0149254 –
Teapot, 1924 – Brandt, Marianne (1893-1983) © Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence – 0120931
Leaflet of the company Standard Möbel, 1928 Lithograph, 18 1/2 x 24 5/8 in.  © Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence – 0165112

Cooper-Hewitt

The Smithsonian collection dedicated to Modern and Contemporary Design.

Knoll International. 1967. Offset lithograph on white wove paper. 32 x 47 1/2 in. Gift of Lella and Massimo Vignelli. 2009-42-1. Photo: Matt Flynn © Cooper-Hewitt – Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, USA / Scala – A484265 –
Textile, Change Your Life, 1956. Designed by Antoon van Duppen (Dutch). Manufactured by Vlisco (Helmond, Netherlands). Wax-resist printed cotton plain weave. H x W: 91.4 x 120 cm (36 x 47 1/4 in.). Gift of Vlisco (2015-1-27). © Cooper-Hewitt – Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, USA / Scala – A552944
Drawing, Designs for Paper Porcelain, 2009. Designed by Stefan Scholten (Dutch, b. 1972) and Carole Baijings (Dutch, b. 1973). Office of Scholten & Baijings (Amsterdam, Netherlands). Pen and black ink, graphite, marker on two sheets of cream wove pap​er, 21.1 × 26.4 cm Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund, 2014-38-10-a,b. Photo: Matt Flynn © Cooper-Hewitt – Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, USA / Scala. – A550666 –

V&A: from Art&Craft to Design

Set design for Mavra, an opera by Stravinsky. Premiered at Paris Opera, France, 1922 – VA04048 –
Dress fabric design with surfers. (Manufacturer: The Calico Printers’ Association, England, 1937). Printed cotton. Victoria & Albert Museum, London/ Scala – VA01454 –
Chair, manufactured by Isokon Furniture Company, London, England, 1936. colour, horizontal, long chair, Marcel Breuer, wood, Isokon Furniture Company, birch, plywood, zebrano, English, 1935, 1936 Victoria & Albert Museum, London/ Scala. – VA05004 –
Conchoidal Chair (Perspective and elevation sketches), early 1940s. Ink on paper, cm. 15,2 x 20,8. Mies van der Rohe Archive, gift of the architect. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA / Scala. – 0158432 –

On our website you can find further insights on specific design items such as:

Household & Industrial objectsLight FixturesFurnishing & Interior DesignVehicles … and much more!

If you need to broaden or refine your search, or you have not found the image you were looking for, contact us we will be glad to help! 

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Cover Image: Tube Chair of Nesting and Combinable Elements, 1955©  Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence – 0123789 –

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