Cooper-Hewitt to Host Sixth Annual National Design Week Oct. 15-23

Release Date: 
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cooper-Hewitt to Host Sixth Annual National Design Week Oct. 15-23

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will host its sixth annual National Design Week from Oct. 15 through Oct. 23. The museum will offer a series of public programs and a range of online resources for students, teachers, design professionals and the general public to celebrate the important role that design plays in all aspects of daily life.

National Design Week is held in conjunction with Cooper-Hewitt’s most visible public education program, the National Design Awards. Now in their second decade, the awards recognize the best in American design across a range of disciplines. The award recipients will be honored at a gala dinner Oct. 20 at Pier Sixty in New York.

Public programs include:
“Design with the Other 90%: Cities” Exhibition; Oct. 15–Jan. 9, 2012
United Nations (First Avenue at 46th Street, New York)
“Cities” is the second in a series of themed exhibitions by Cooper-Hewitt that demonstrate how design can address the world’s most critical issues. The exhibition will explore design solutions to the challenges created by rapid urban growth in informal settlements, commonly referred to as slums. Free.
Target Design Kids: Kid Made Modern; Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (2 East 91st Street, New York)
Kids ages 5 to 12 are invited to create modern design pieces from everyday and recycled materials with Todd Oldham and crew. Free. Advanced registration is required at
Teen Design Fair; Tuesday, Oct. 18, 4–6 p.m.
The Altman Building (135 West 18th Street, New York)
New York City high school students are invited to learn about careers in design. The Teen Design Fair brings leading designers working in the fields of fashion, industrial, multimedia, graphic design and architecture, to meet one-on-one with students. A keynote address will be delivered by Tim Gunn, chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne Inc. and co-host of Lifetime’s Project Runway. Design colleges from around the country will also be on hand to provide admissions and scholarship information. Free. Advance registration is required at
Winners’ Panel; Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7–8:30 p.m.
The Altman Building (135 West 18th Street, New York)
National Design Award winners participate in a panel discussion about the state of contemporary design in America. Moderated by Steven Heller, 2011 Design Mind winner. Free. Advance registration is required at This program will be webcast live at
People’s Design Award, Online Voting Sept. 21–Oct. 17
Whether an everyday object, a design classic or an architectural landmark, Cooper-Hewitt invites the public to express their views on what constitutes good design as part of the 2011 National Design Awards program. Design enthusiasts can submit nominations, participate in a discussion board and select their favorite designs by logging onto The museum also offers a People’s Design Award Facebook application, which allows users to share and discuss their favorite designs with friends and broaden the conversation about good design. The winning design will be announced Oct. 20 at the National Design Awards Gala in New York City, which will be streamed live on Cooper-Hewitt’s website at 9 p.m. EST.
Educator Resource Center
The online Educator Resource Center ( features design-focused lesson plans and discussion boards for K-12 educators interested in incorporating design in their classrooms. The site now includes more than 400 lesson plans aligned to national and state standards for all grade levels and helps teachers of all subjects, including mathematics, science, language arts and history, as well as art, learn ways to promote innovation, critical thinking, visual literacy and problem-solving across the curriculum. The museum’s website also features the year-round “Design Across America” clickable map listing design-oriented events throughout the

The 2011 National Design Awards recipients are:
Lifetime Achievement: Matthew Carter
Design Mind: Steven Heller
Corporate and Institutional Achievement: Knoll
Finalists: Design that Matters and OXO
Architecture Design: Architecture Research Office
Finalists: Dan Rockhill and Weiss/Manfredi
Communication Design: Rick Valicenti
Finalists: Hoefler & Frere-Jones and Project Projects
Fashion Design: J. Mendel
Finalists: Prabal Gurung and Jason Wu
Interaction Design: Ben Fry
Finalists: Chris Milk and Local Projects
Interior Design: Shelton, Mindel & Associates
Finalists: Aidlin Darling Design and Clive Wilkinson Architects
Landscape Architecture: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
Finalists: Tom Leader and Margie Ruddick
Product Design: Continuum
Finalists: Heath Ceramics and RKS

The National Design Awards are made possible in part by Bloomberg.
Media sponsorship is provided by Fast Company.
National Design Week is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship of Target.

About Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution
The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is the only museum in the nation
devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. The museum presents compelling
perspectives on the impact of design on daily life through active educational programs, exhibitions and
publications. Founded in 1897 by Amy, Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt—granddaughters of industrialist
Peter Cooper—as part of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, the museum has
been a branch of the Smithsonian since 1967.

Cooper-Hewitt’s main facility, housed in the Carnegie Mansion, will undergo renovation,
beginning in fall 2011, as part of a $64 million capital campaign that includes enlarged and enhanced
facilities for exhibitions, collections display, education programming and the National Design Library,
and an increased endowment. During the renovation, Cooper-Hewitt’s usual schedule of exhibitions,
education programs and events will be staged at various off-site locations.
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