Author: Laurie Bohlk

Conservator handle ceramic being staged 1
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum announced today the completion of a comprehensive year-and-a-half project to digitize its collection, with more than 200,000 objects now accessible online via The user-friendly interface enables all audiences—casual browsers, designers, curators, educators, students and scholars—to explore and examine one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works...
Cooper Hewitt to Represent United States at London Design Biennale
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum today announced that it will represent the United States at the inaugural London Design Biennale at Somerset House this September. The London Design Biennale will mark the first time that Cooper Hewitt’s Immersion Room and Pen, developed by the museum in collaboration with leading design firms and made possible through...
Patriot Radio
Designed by Norman Bel Geddes (American, 1893–1958)
Manufactured by Emerson Radio and Phonograph Corp. (New York, New York, USA)
Cast phenolic plastic (Catalin), molded urea plastic, molded cellulose acetate, embossed acetate, metal
H x W x D: 20.3 x 27.9 x 14 cm (8 in. x 11 in. x 5 1/2 in.)
Gift of George R. Kravis II, 2014 10 1
Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution
Highlights of Permanent Collection Featured in Series of New Exhibitions
“Energizing the Everyday: Gifts from the George R. Kravis II Collection,” opening April 28, celebrates the exceptional gifts from the collector to Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. On view through March 2017, the exhibition will display some of the most important modernist objects—from radios to furniture—alongside contextual works drawn from the museum’s collection. “‘Energizing the...
Rebel Nell Jewelry, Detroit, MI
Cooper Hewitt to Present “By the People: Designing a Better America”
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present “By the People: Designing a Better America,” the third exhibition in its series on socially responsible design, from Sept. 30 through Feb. 26, 2017. The first exhibition in the series to focus on conditions in the U.S. and its bordering countries, “By the People” will explore the challenges...
Cooper Hewitt Announces Appointment of New Trustees and Staff
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum today announces several trustee and staff appointments. Bart Friedman, Shelby Gans and Jon Kamen join Cooper Hewitt’s board of trustees. Led by chair Barbara Mandel and president Beth Comstock, the board includes 39 distinguished civic and business leaders dedicated to the continued growth of the museum. The museum also welcomes Catherine...
Cooper Hewitt Opens Reimagined Arthur Ross Terrace & Garden
The Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum opens Friday, Nov. 27 following a redesign by Hood Design Studio, in collaboration with Raft Landscape Architects and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The revamped garden features new terrace pavers, garden pathways, plantings, a reimagined rock garden and a transformed northwest garden. It will be open to...
Cooper Hewitt Announces 2016 exhibition, “Beauty―Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial”
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial,” the fifth installment of the museum’s popular contemporary design exhibition series, from Feb. 12 through Aug. 21, 2016. With projects ranging from experimental prototypes and interactive games to fashion ensembles and architectural interventions, “Beauty” will feature work by 63 designers, filling most of two...
Cooper Hewitt Launches Advertising Campaign to Celebrate Its Reopening on the Upper East Side
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has collaborated with Wieden+Kennedy New York on a new advertising campaign to celebrate its recent reopening in the landmark Andrew Carnegie Mansion on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The out-of-home advertising campaign will run in design-centric neighborhoods throughout New York City, as well as on social media platforms through...
Garden Bridge, London, 2012-. Credit: Arup
Cooper Hewitt to Present Special Exhibition “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio”
This June, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio,” the first museum exhibition to introduce the imaginative work of British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his London-based studio to an American audience. Heatherwick is known for his unique design concepts ranging from products, infrastructure and temporary structures, such...