One hundred and fifty years ago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded by a group of like-minded businessmen and financiers—along with leading artists and thinkers of the day—who shared the goal of creating a museum to bring art and art education to the American people. Over the past century and a half, The Met collection has grown to span 5,000 years of human creativity from around the globe. Today, it is a source of inspiration, respite, and discovery for all who visit the Museum or explore its collection online.
The more than 1.5 million objects in The Met collection are prized for their expert craftsmanship, unique designs, beauty, expressiveness, and the ways in which they reflect the cultures, time periods, and people who created them. Since the Museum’s beginning, generations of art historians, artists, and designers have been drawn to learn about and interpret Met objects, and have been moved to create their own great works.
At The Met Store, we began thinking about our legacy and future nearly two years ago, in preparation for this momentous occasion of turning 150. Since our own founding 149 years ago, The Met Store has sought to create high-quality goods that pay homage to the Museum’s great masterpieces. Our products allow our visitors and fans to enjoy iconic works of art in their everyday lives, and be reminded of The Met.
As such, it felt natural that we honor the mission of the Museum’s founders by inviting leading brands and their designers to use our collection as a catalyst for new ideas. They, in turn, created dazzling designs that we hope will spark joy and continue our mission of inspiring not just Americans but people from around the globe to learn about world art and culture.
Today we are pleased to reveal The Met 150 Edit, a multi-designer capsule collection featuring products by ACME Studio, Allbirds, BAGGU, Bulova, Catbird, crewcuts by J. Crew, Estée Lauder, Kidrobot, Mast, Native Union, and The Sill in commemoration of our 150th anniversary. Each brand visited our galleries for inspiration. They chose works ranging from 6th-century B.C. Peruvian ceramics to 20th-century paintings, as well as our logo and signature Met red, that their designers transformed into eye-catching new designs.
Below, discover just a few of the artworks that inspired the brands. Shop the entire collection at The Met Store by clicking here.
Allbirds transformed their best-selling Tree Runner shoes with woven designs interpreting several works in The Met collection, including Hokusai’s South Wind, Clear Sky, also known as Red Fuji.
BAGGU borrowed the bold colors of an Islamic ceramic design to create this unique reusable tote (below), one of three produced for The Met 150 Edit.
Catbird crafted delicate jewelry inspired by details in artworks created by female artists, like the dewdrop in this Margareta Haverman painting.
Kidrobot looked to this beautiful stained-glass window in The American Wing for their collectible DUNNY figure. See all six of their unique DUNNY designs here.