Past Exhibitions
Michael Graves, designer, and Swid Powell, retailer, “The Big Dripper” Coffeepot, 1987. Porcelain with enamel and gilt decoration. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Lindsay S. Suter, M.Arch. 1991

The Architect’s Table: Swid Powell and Postmodern Design

  • September 25, 2008–January 6, 2008
    Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Tuesday, September 25, 2007Sunday, January 6, 2008
The Architect’s Table: Swid Powell and Postmodern Design celebrates the Swid Powell Collection and Records, now housed at the Yale University Art Gallery. The company, founded in 1982 by Nan Swid and Addie Powell, produced innovative housewares designed by the foremost architects of the 1980s, including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Stephen Holl, Richard Meier, Robert A. M. Stern, Stanley Tigerman, and Robert Venturi, among others. Through meticulous research and marketing, Swid Powell helped the architects transform their ideas into finished objects, many of which have become icons of Postmodern design. This exhibition of highlights from the archive includes original drawings, promotional material, silver, ceramics and glass, and rare prototypes for unexecuted objects.
Exhibition organized by John Stuart Gordon, the Benjamin Attmore Hewitt Assistant Curator of American Decorative Arts, Yale University Art Gallery. Made possible by an anonymous gift and an endowment created with a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Selected Exhibition Objects

Side Chair
810A Chair and 820Y Low Stool
The Big Dripper Coffeepot and Filter
Three prototype candle holders

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