BROWNE’S GLASS HOUSES: Known to be a complex thinker, Thom Browne will delve into the ideas of reflection and individuality for the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s upcoming “Selects” series.
With 210,000 objects to choose from the Upper East Side museum’s collection, Browne decided on 50-plus historic and contemporary mirrors and frames for “Thom Browne Selects.” Running from March 4 through Oct. 2, the installation will include 18th-century French gilt bronze frames, brass and fruitwood frames by Hector Guimard and mirrors by Edgar Brandt, Carel Adolph Lion Cachet, Jim Dine and Tommi Parzinger. Browne, a National Design Award winner and a two-time CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year award winner, is also adding a few personal items such as a desk, chair, typewriter and coat stand.
The designer said, “When approaching this project and exhibition, I was drawn to the collection of mirrors and wanted to create an installation that played on the idea of reflection — giving the viewer the idea that his or her reflection is a work of art. My intent was also to play with the idea of uniformity and individuality.”
Made possible by the Marks Family Foundation Endowment Fund, the installation will also showcase 56 pairs of Browne’s reflective silver-plated shoes among the other objects. Adding to the effect, the gallery’s walls and floor will be covered with a laser-engraved, holographic reflective wallpaper by Osborne & Little, that was recently acquired by Cooper Hewitt.
Browne will be the 13th guest curator to take part in the Select series, following in the footsteps of such artists, architects and designers as David Adjaye, Maira Kalman and Ted Muehling.