Met Museum

Tucked away in each teapot, tapestry, and table is a richer story than you might imagine. Massive or miniature, costly or common, and occasionally tinged with a particularly British sense of humor, these objects have borne witness to revolution of all kinds. Taken together, they remind us that design is never just about what we see—it’s also about people, politics, and power. Keep walking for five unexpected themes you’ll discover in the galleries.