Design News


Posted by Debbie Ahn, on Thursday February 24, 2011

Moorhead & Moorhead, brothers Granger and Robert, welcomed Cooper-Hewitt Members to their studio last evening.

Moorhead & Moorhead, Granger Moorhead, Robert Moorhead, brothers, Architecture, Industrial Design, studio, tour, members, Exhibition, Designer, Design with the Other 90%: Cities

Tangible Tuesdays: OnObject

Posted by Katie Shelly, on Tuesday February 22, 2011

Tangible Earth, the interactive globe now on view here at Cooper-Hewitt, engages the sense of touch to create a feeling of connection between people and their planet. Lots of designers today are exploring ways to enhance digital devices with touch. For example, MIT Media Lab’s OnObject system can turn any object into a tactile interactive interface. The user can tag any object—a cup, a marker, a book, even their clothing—with a vocabulary of sounds, sights or other media using RFID sensors.

Installations, interactive design, MIT media lab, OnObject, senses, touch, digital, devices, Enhancement, tactile, interface, tag, Object, vocabulary, sensors, educational tool

Sensational Set in Style Opening

Posted by Debbie Ahn, on Friday February 18, 2011

Cooper-Hewitt Members and friends celebrated at the Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef and Arpels opening reception on February 17. Guests explored the expansive exhibition, meandered among gem stones, and danced to the beat of a DJ in a tented garden.

Set in Style, Exhibition, jewelry, Van Cleef & Arpels, opening, reception, membership, gems, NY Times, T magazine

Defining Open Source Hardware

Posted by Katie Shelly, on Thursday February 17, 2011

Officially announced this month, version 1.0 of the definition for Open Source Hardware is complete. Similar to Open Source Software, Open Source Hardware is hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell the design or hardware based on that design. 

open source, hardware, definition, version, 1.0, logo design, Makerbot, technology, computer

Cooper-Hewitt acquires a MakerBot

Posted by Monica Harriss, on Wednesday February 16, 2011

BREAKING NEWS…the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s education department has acquired a MakerBot!

Makerbot, 3D, 3-D, printer, acquisition, education, workshops, free, youth, Teens, students

Pattern Inspiration: Sonia Delaunay and Fashion

Posted by Sarah Scaturro, on Tuesday February 15, 2011

As New York Fashion Week Fall 2011 draws to a close, I wanted to compare some beautiful textile patterns that fashion designers this past year have shown with selected objects from our upcoming exhibition, Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay. 

Sonia Delauney, fashion design, textile design, patterns, Color Moves, Exhibition, Fashion Week, compare

Tweetable Tees

Posted by Katie Shelly, on Tuesday February 15, 2011

Pa++ern is a project that uses Twitter to source unique t-shirt designs.

Pa++ern, Twitter, t-shirt, tees, shirt, embroidery, code, fashion design, Daito Matanabe, Motoi Ishibashi

The Making of Set In Style

Posted by Caroline Baumann, on Monday February 14, 2011

Amethyst, diamond, emerald, jade, onyx, ruby and sapphire—the very words conjure up an exotic world of beauty, fashion, mystery, and intrigue. Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels provides ample evidence that the celebrated jeweler does indeed exemplify that world.

Set in Style, Exhibition, jewelry, Van Cleef & Arpels, museum, galleries, style, icons

The Shredded Series

Posted by Katie Shelly, on Monday February 14, 2011

Belgian industrial designer Jens Praet’s Shredded Series upcycles old magazines and paper into handcrafted furniture.

Jens Praet, Industrial Design, Shredded Series, upcycle, furniture, waste, paper, recycle, reuse, Industry Gallery, Fossilized

Wireless Dominos

Posted by Katie Shelly, on Friday February 11, 2011

A hi-tech spin on a lo-fi pastime, these dominos topple without touching.

Dominos, wireless, hi-tech, high tech, technology