On September 21, Cooper-Hewitt and Chronicle Books celebrated the publication of Design Research: The Store that Brought Modern Living to American Homes, by Jane Thompson and Alexandra Lange.

 

 

The evening commenced with a touching introduction by Jane Thompson, recounting the genesis of Design Research, the postwar emporium in Boston that introduced advanced designs from abroad, in the 1960s, and then moderator Michael Bierut introduced the 3 speakers: Rob Forbes (Founder of Public), Glen Senk (CEO of Urban Outfitters), and Jenna Lyons (President and Executive Creative Director of J.Crew).

 

 

The rousing conversation that followed touched on the panelist’s inspiring retail experiences and how today’s retailers are connecting with their customers.

 

 

Vintage Marimekko, first brought to the US by Thompson,was ubiquitous, immediately creating an ambience of brightness and energy.

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