I went to grade school next door to the Cooper Hewitt, one of the coolest museums in New York. It is housed in an incredibly beautiful limestone mansion, and the juxtaposition of (typically) modern design in the richly detailed interiors is such a treat to see. The next time I’m in the city I am definitely going to Multiple Choice, an exhibition that runs through the first of September. The website is well worth checking out to see what’s on display: marketing and merchandising sample books of textiles, wallpaper, and so forth from the last 300 years. I do love my ribbon and paper swatch books but now think they’re pretty second-rate after looking at the amazing hand-lettering and design of samples from the past. As usual, the old is definitely better!