Design: Handsome and Homemade

The American Craft Museum opens with a provocative show

Like an itinerant artisan of an earlier age, the American Craft Museum has wandered from one temporary space to another over the decades, in need of an adequate and permanent home in which to display the increasing number of diverse, sophisticated and sometimes monumental creations of the country's craftsmen and -women. This week the roving comes to an end when the museum, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, opens its sleek and spacious new quarters across the street from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

The new installation is a cause for cheers among the 33,000 members of...

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