Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/exhibitions/420568855/

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

Hi there! I don’t know if you know this, but I have always had an appreciation and strong passion for the history of design and architecture. During my travels I have had the opportunity to collect rare and unique objects from all parts of the world. I am inspired by each piece: its history and the story it has to tell. This room is filled with a selection of objects whose origins range from ancient Egypt and Peru to mid-20th-century Scandinavia and 21st-century Brooklyn. I hope you enjoy exploring and imagining the histories and stories behind the objects that I have chosen. This installation is an intimate and personal look into my design aesthetic, my living space, and the special objects that I have come to love. A few of my pieces are dotted around the room! I like to mix a modern feel with a rustic, antique look. I like the juxtaposition. Here an African mask sits near a wall unit designed by George Nelson and plates by Pablo Picasso share a tabletop with a modern Austrian tea set. The Selects exhibition represents all the qualities I love and cultivate in my home. My home is my canvas for inspiration, a place where I generate ideas and learn. I’m always on the search for new, beautiful and interesting objects. And I’m always moving things around and switching things out so I have something new to look at and appreciate.

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18163895/

  • wrought and gilded iron
  • Museum purchase from Interest Account Fund
  • domestic
  • ironwork
  • security
  • hardware

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18168043/

  • cast bronze
  • Gift of Charles W. Gould
  • angular
  • security
  • metalwork
  • hardware

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18180449/

  • painted tôle
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • container
  • decorative
  • metalwork
  • cylindrical

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18369691/

  • wood, wrought iron
  • Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair in memory of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • lighting
  • utility
  • ironwork
  • tabletop

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18388227/

  • bronze
  • Gift of the Estate of David Wolfe Bishop
  • religion
  • death
  • animal
  • afterlife

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18389595/

  • bent and burned wood
  • Gift of the Estate of David Wolfe Bishop
  • container
  • decorative
  • craft
  • oval

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18390389/

  • Designed by Ruth Reeves
  • lithograph and linoleum cut on white wove paper
  • Gift of Cooper Union Art School Library
  • wings
  • black and white
  • contrast
  • curving lines
  • angels
  • abstract
  • figure
  • lithograph

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18411469/

  • raffia
  • Museum purchase from Au Panier Fleuri Fund
  • pattern
  • geometric
  • curving lines
  • natural

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18416829/

  • wood, brass, printed paper
  • From the collection of Mrs. Lathrop C. Harper
  • container
  • landscape
  • hinged
  • musical

I collect all kinds of boxes from places all around the world. They are perfect for hiding your gold bars!

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18432647/

  • molded earthenware, buff slip
  • Gift of Fannie Moses
  • ceramics
  • decorative
  • figurine
  • animal

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18443725/

  • earthenware, slip
  • Museum purchase through gift of Eleanor Boldgett
  • ceramics
  • decorative
  • globular
  • playful
  • bird
  • ancient
  • owl

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18443949/

  • molded and burnished earthenware
  • Museum purchase through gift of Charles W. Gould
  • ceramics
  • playful
  • figural
  • bird

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18452039/

  • incised earthenware
  • Gift of Edward L. Kallop Jr.
  • playful
  • sound
  • figural
  • bird

This is a unique home accent with a functional quality. I always like to choose items that can be used in multiple ways. For instance, I can have this rooster on my tablescape and use the whistle to call my dogs!

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18453197/

  • carved wood
  • Gift of Bernard Richter
  • theatrical
  • mask
  • African
  • Dogon
  • handmade
  • animal

I recently went to Africa and in my travels I found a similar mask to this one. I love to collect masks and discover their history and I always wonder what they were used for. I'm guessing some of the earliest bank robberies.

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18456983/

  • Designed by Thomas Sheraton
  • mahogany, brass, felt
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor
  • furniture
  • neoclassical
  • utility
  • simple
  • ladder
  • readers
  • table
  • multipurpose
  • wood
  • portable
  • engineering
  • librarians
  • library
  • folding
  • adaptable

I am never done designing; I am always arranging and then rearranging some more. This piece makes it easy, a desk and ladder all in one.

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18472711/

  • Designed by Arne Jacobsen
  • Manufactured by Fritz Hansen Inc., Denmark
  • steel, cotton, latex foam rubber
  • Gift of Fritz Hansen, Inc.
  • interior
  • domestic
  • ovoid
  • seating
  • eggs
  • contour
  • comfort
  • fluid lines
  • curved back

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18473939/

  • terracotta
  • Gift of Ruth Vollmer
  • delicate
  • figural
  • ancient
  • animal

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18475763/

  • wheel thrown earthenware, slip, underglaze painted in polychrome pigments under a transparent glaze
  • Gift of Dorothy G. Shepherd
  • decoration
  • handmade
  • bird
  • ancient

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18504655/

  • hand-coiled earthenware, slip and mineral decoration
  • Gift of Mrs. Homer Kripke
  • ceramics
  • container
  • rounded
  • vases
  • decorative
  • geometric
  • globular
  • lines
  • revolve

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18567477/

  • oak, maple, and iron
  • Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
  • lighting
  • utility
  • ironwork
  • tabletop

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18605029/

  • brush and ink, graphite on cream wove paper
  • Museum purchase through gift of Charles W. Gould
  • dogs
  • black and white
  • stylized
  • contrast
  • cartoon
  • magazine
  • linear
  • friendship
  • pets
  • affection

For the love of a dog, we would do anything! This illustration really speaks to me and I appreciate the success of Christina Malman, who drew over thirty-five covers and more than five hundred drawings for the New Yorker during her lifetime.

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18627729/

  • patinated bronze
  • Gift of Garth Clark Gallery
  • tableware
  • geometric
  • concave
  • vessel

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18628631/

  • hand-thrown and glazed earthenware
  • Bequest of James H. Stubblebine
  • landscape
  • abstraction
  • still life
  • craft

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18628633/

  • hand-thrown and glazed earthenware
  • Bequest of James H. Stubblebine
  • landscape
  • abstraction
  • still life
  • craft

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18628641/

  • hand-thrown and glazed earthenware
  • Bequest of James H. Stubblebine
  • landscape
  • abstraction
  • still life
  • craft

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18634191/

  • teak and wicker
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund
  • organic
  • comfort
  • modern
  • simplicity

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18636553/

  • plastic, brass wire, walnut
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund
  • lighting
  • geometric
  • natural
  • simplicity

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18655779/

  • Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
  • plywood, plain woven polyester
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor
  • interior decoration
  • comfort
  • modern
  • simplicity

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18687509/

  • hand-spun cotton
  • Museum purchase from The Grodzins Fund for Textile Acquisition
  • pattern
  • women's clothing
  • geometric
  • symbols
  • contrast
  • African
  • crocodile
  • Bamana

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18701879/

  • Designed by Ethel Stein
  • silk
  • Museum purchase through gift of Anonymous Donor
  • pattern
  • organic
  • dots
  • grid
  • blurry
  • hand-woven
  • ikat
  • neutral

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18707859/

  • Designed by Pablo Picasso
  • glazed earthenware
  • Bequest of Margaret McCormack Sokol
  • texture
  • colorful
  • playful
  • oval

I have been drawn to the work of Picasso for as long as I can remember. Obviously everyone is familiar with his paintings, but then I discovered his ceramics which are equally stunning and a tad more affordable.

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18707861/

  • Designed by Pablo Picasso
  • glazed earthenware
  • Bequest of Margaret McCormack Sokol
  • texture
  • colorful
  • playful
  • oval

I have been drawn to the work of Picasso for as long as I can remember. Obviously everyone is familiar with his paintings, but then I discovered his ceramics which are equally stunning and a tad more affordable.

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18717391/

  • 18/8 stainless steel, rosewood
  • Gift of David and Gregory Wallance
  • organic
  • industrial design
  • cutlery
  • entertaining

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18717393/

  • 18/8 stainless steel, rosewood
  • Gift of David and Gregory Wallance
  • organic
  • industrial design
  • cutlery
  • entertaining

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18731659/

  • nickel-plated brass, wood
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Gilbert
  • industrial design
  • geometric
  • modern
  • entertaining

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18731691/

  • nickel-plated brass, wood
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Gilbert
  • industrial design
  • geometric
  • modern
  • entertaining

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18731693/

  • nickel-plated brass, wood
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Gilbert
  • industrial design
  • geometric
  • modern
  • entertaining

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18731695/

  • nickel-plated brass, wood
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Gilbert
  • industrial design
  • geometric
  • modern
  • entertaining

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18797471/

  • Designed by George Nelson and Associates
  • Manufactured by Herman Miller Furniture Company
  • teak, brushed stainless steel, chromed metal, iron, painted metal, plastic (lamp shade)
  • Gift of Susan Kasakove
  • streamlined
  • furniture
  • interior design
  • storage
  • organization
  • rectilinear
  • office
  • modular
  • modern

When I was looking through Cooper Hewitt I came across this timeless, classic piece. I am a huge fan of George Nelson and his American industrial design.

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18805881/

  • Manufactured by Daum
  • glass, chased and polished silver-gilt
  • Gift of Daum Cristallerie de Nancy
  • sheep
  • teardrop
  • vessel
  • tableware design

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18805927/

  • Designed by Charles Eames
  • Manufactured by Herman Miller Furniture Company
  • aluminum, walnut, leather, epoxy, urethane foam, polyster fiber
  • Gift of Herman Miller, Inc.
  • comfort
  • leather
  • functional
  • walnut
  • modern
  • living

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/51681337/

  • bent birch (frame), bent and molded birch-faced plywood (seat)
  • Museum purchase through gift of George R. Kravis II, Anonymous Donor, and Judy Francis Zankel
  • interior
  • home
  • organic
  • seating
  • chairs
  • curved
  • comfort
  • wood
  • serpentine
  • rippled
  • birch
  • lounge

The first iteration of Breuer’s bent-form long chair was an aluminum and steel frame with wood armrests produced in Germany. The choice of plywood, as seen in this example, was influenced by both English taste and the molded furniture of Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto—the wood was less austere than tubular metal.

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/68243995/

  • Designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara
  • Manufactured by Asko Oy
  • painted wood, mahogany-veneered molded plywood
  • The Linda and Irwin R. Berman Stool Collection
  • angular
  • triangular
  • modern
  • three-legged
  • seat

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/68244035/

  • Designed by Hans Wegner
  • Manufactured by Johannes Hansen Møbelsnedkeri A/S
  • teak, cane
  • The Linda and Irwin R. Berman Stool Collection
  • organic
  • woven
  • angular
  • stool

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/68244051/

  • Designed by George Nakashima
  • walnut
  • The Linda and Irwin R. Berman Stool Collection
  • triangular
  • pointed
  • handmade
  • seat

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/68244063/

  • Designed by Charlotte Perriand
  • Manufactured by BCB
  • pine
  • The Linda and Irwin R. Berman Stool Collection
  • interior
  • circular
  • domestic interiors
  • seating
  • simple
  • geometric
  • balance
  • stool
  • three-legged
  • simplicity

I have this beautiful stool in my home and it is one of my favorites. Over the past decade Charlotte Perriand has received great recognition for her works alongside Eileen Gray, who is another female designer who I admire.

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/68245657/

  • Designed by Charles Eames
  • Manufactured by Herman Miller Furniture Company
  • moulded birch plywood, lacquered masonite and wood, zinc-plated steel, perforated aluminum
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund
  • interior decoration
  • furniture
  • storage
  • texture
  • rectilinear
  • modular
  • rectangles
  • birch
  • perforation

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/554909263/

  • painted wood
  • Loan courtesy of DIENST + DOTTER ANTIKVITETER
  • domestic
  • dining
  • ironwork
  • everyday

Drop leaf tables helped ensure efficiency of space in modest Swedish homes; leaves were lowered when not in use, and raised as needed during meal times and work. The hand-wrought iron hinges, seen on the leaves and gate legs, were often forged by a neighboring blacksmith. Variations on this simple but elegant form are seen over the course of several centuries throughout Sweden, and appeared in almost all Swedish homes, farmhouses, manor houses, and castles.

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/554909271/

  • carved wood
  • Loan courtesy of DIENST + DOTTER ANTIKVITETER
  • work
  • rough
  • rustic
  • sturdy

Allmoge is the Swedish word referring to furniture and objects belonging to and made by country or rural folk. This table's simple, rough-hewn form would have been originally designed as a corner worktable and sited in the main living room of the farmhouse. Today such pieces are revered as folk art and appreciated for their simplicity and link with their agrarian past.

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/554909273/

  • enamelled brass
  • Courtesy ED by Ellen DeGeneres
  • colorful
  • angular
  • modern
  • lighting device
  • three-legged

These are my personal lamps that I found in a Paris flea market. They have great character and their silhouettes remind me of animals.

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/554909275/

  • enamelled metal and marble
  • Courtesy ED by Ellen DeGeneres
  • colorful
  • playful
  • modern
  • lighting device

These are my personal lamps that I found in a Paris flea market. They have great character and their silhouettes remind me of animals.

Ellen DeGeneres Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/554909277/

  • Manufactured by ED by Ellen DeGeneres
  • 60% merino wool, 25% baby alpaca, 10% hand-loomed cashmere, 5% silk
  • Courtesy ED by Ellen DeGeneres
  • woven
  • texture
  • striped
  • neutral

This is a one of a kind, hand-woven piece that I worked on with artisans at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn. This is one of my favorite pieces and all my guests comment on it.