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Ellen Lupton is curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City and director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. An author of numerous books and articles on design, she is a public-minded critic, frequent lecturer, and AIGA Gold Medalist. Read More

Hamlet Apron

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This screen-printed typographic apron features quotes from Hamlet about sex, death, and dinner. Perfect attire for the desperate housewife. Designed by Ellen and Julia Lupton.

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Bauhaus Book

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The ABCs of [circle, square, triangle]: The Bauhaus and Design Theory. Written and designed by Ellen Lupton and J. Abbott miller.

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Brides Book

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This was Ellen Lupton’s first exhibition as curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. In some ways it remains her most memorable project. The book, a potpourri of pop culture ephemera and feminist design theory, was designed by Ellen Lupton with assistance from Hall Smyth.Brides_Cover

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DWR Book

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Independently published in 1996 by Ellen Lupton and J. Abbott Miller, this book was an experiment in writing, design, and publishing. We created it under our own imprint, Kiosk. The book was distributed in hardcover by Princeton Architectural Press in 1996. Phaidon published the softcover edition in 1999. Shown here are photographs of the hardcover first edition; designed by Ellen Lupton and Abbott Miller.

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Letterhead Show

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The Avant-Garde Letterhead. Spring, 1996. Organized by the National Design Museum and presented at the national headquarters of the American Institute of Graphic Arts in New York. Co-curated with Elaine Lustig Cohen. Featuring original letterheads and ephemera by Herbert Bayer, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Le Corbusier, and others, from the collection of Elaine Lustig Cohen. Exhibition designed by Ellen Lupton and Christine McKee.

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Elaine L. Cohen

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Elaine Lustig Cohen, Modern Graphic Designer. Exhibition curated by Ellen Lupton. On view at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, February 7 – May 23, 1995. This monographic exhibition presented the work of this pioneering woman designer, focusing on her groundbreaking work designing books, book covers, and signage during the 1950s and 60s. Exhibition designed by Ellen Lupton with Christine McKee.

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Brides Show

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Mechanical Brides: Women and Machines, from Home to Office. Exhibition curated by Ellen Lupton with Sheri Sandler. On view at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, August 1993 – January 1994. An exhibition about the design and representation of objects which have been central to women’s work in the twentieth century, including the telephone, typewriter, washing machine, and electric iron. The exhibition travelled to the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, Spring 1994. Exhibition designed by Ellen Lupton and Boym Studio.

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Type Nite

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Poster designed for event at Maryland Institute College of Art, 2005, designed by Ellen Lupton with typefaces by House Industries and Hoefler & Frere-Jones.

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Skin Book

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Cover for book Skin: Surface, Substance + Design, 2001. Cover designed by Ellen Lupton. Pattern design by James Bullen, London.

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Bathroom Book

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Book, The Bathroom, the Kitchen, and the Aesthetics of Waste, 1992. Designed by Ellen Lupton and J. Abbott Miller/Design Writing Research. Published by MIT List Visual Art Center and Princeton Architectural Press.

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