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Circular Tyvek Pillows for Art Objects in Storage

Purpose

A reproducible storage system consisting of support components in standardized shapes and sizes was developed to respond to targeted collection-based needs at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. Primary stability issues were first identified and categorized and support components were designed and manufactured to:

• Stabilize vulnerable objects on mobile and static shelving
• Economize shelf space
• Promote visibility and access
• Provide a mechanism for safe object handling
• Economize supplies and resources
• Encourage sustainability through re-use

Author

Kate Wight Tyler
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
2 E. 91st St.
New York NY 10128
212-849-8423
wightk@si.edu

Photo / Illustrator Credits: Kate Wight Tyler

Publication: 2017 

 

Description

Decorative Arts on compact mobile shelving required weighted supports for rounded and narrow bases [Fig. 1]. The most useful and innovative design was Circular Tyvek pillows filled with a mixture of polypropylene pellets and glass beads for weight [Fig. 2]. The pillows were open circles made from a pattern 10 ¼” in diameter [Fig. 3].

Figure 1. Circular Tyvek pillows supporting objects on compact mobile shelving

Figure 2. Circular Tyvek pillows filled with a mixture of polypropylene pellets and glass beads for weight

Figure 3. Template for circular Tyvek pillows filled with a mixture of polypropylene pellets and glass beads for weight

 

Materials, Tools & Supplies

  • Circle cutter
  • Tyvek (Soft, 14M) spunbonded olefin fabric
  • Guterman sew-all 100% polyester thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Polypropylene pellets
  • Glass balls, 4mm
  • Funnel

Construction

  1. Use template [Fig. 3] to create pattern using circle cutter and durable board (approx. 10pt)
  2. Trace from pattern onto Tyvek and cut two Tyvek circles
  3. Using sewing machine, stich edges and one end closed (double seam recommended)
  4. Turn shape inside out and fill using a funnel – fill the pillow 75% full using a mixture of polypropylene pellets: glass balls, 70:30
  5. Sew shut open end (double seam recommended)

 

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