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Cooper-Hewitt Awarded $5 Million Allocation from the City of New York for Renovation

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has received a $5 million allocation through the City of New York’s Department of Cultural Affairs. The funding supports Cooper-Hewitt’s renovation of the historic Carnegie Mansion and grounds, which will result in 60 percent more gallery space when the museum reopens in fall 2014. This is a major additional allocation from the City, which has previously supported this renovation, and will go toward further restoration of millwork, woodwork, flooring, stone and windows, as well as upgrading the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden.

NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan Selected as Design Patron of 2013 National Design Awards

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum today announced the selection of Janette Sadik-Khan, commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, as the 2013 Design Patron recipient of the National Design Awards. Unlike the other National Design Awards, which are selected by a jury of leading figures in design, the Design Patron is chosen by museum leadership.

First Lady Michelle Obama Celebrates 2013 National Design Awards

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama, honorary patron of the 2013 National Design Awards, will host a White House luncheon for the award winners Friday, Sept. 20. Joining Mrs. Obama and these design legends at the White House luncheon will be 12 high school students from New York and Washington, D.C., who have demonstrated great promise and interest in the design field.

Cooper-Hewitt and Smithsonian Magazine Announce Launch of the 2013 People’s Design Award Contest

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and Smithsonian magazine today announced the launch of the People’s Design Award contest, Sept. 10 through Oct. 11. This year, the public is invited to vote for their favorite design from a pool of 20 works that emphasizes how innovative design makes a difference in our everyday lives. The winning design will be announced live Oct. 17 at the National Design Awards Gala in New York.

Cooper-Hewitt Announces Design by Hand Series Supported by Van Cleef & Arpels

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will launch the programming series Design by Hand, supported by Van Cleef & Arpels, from fall 2013 through spring 2017. This new series of bi-annual educational conversations and workshops will focus on the craftsmanship, innovations and merits of contemporary global designers. Each week of immersion programming will spotlight a pioneering design organization, beginning with the iconic Finnish brand Marimekko in fall 2013. Other featured firms throughout the series include Heath Ceramics (spring 2014) and the jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels (fall 2014).

Cooper-Hewitt Announces Acquisition of Planetary Application and Source Code

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum today announced the acquisition of the iPad music application Planetary, developed by Bloom Studio Inc., along with the underlying source code, which will be freely released to enable developers to build upon and incorporate it into other software design. Released in 2011, Planetary uses the visual metaphor of celestial bodies to represent the relationship between artists (stars), albums (planets) and tracks/songs (moons). Today’s announcement coincides with Neptune at Opposition, when the planet will be at its closest to the Earth for the year, and also at its brightest.

Cooper-Hewitt Announces New Acquisitions to the Collection

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum today announced the acquisition of several important works to the collection, including a key early example of bentwood furniture by Marcel Breuer and Alexander Girard’s armchair for Braniff International Airways. The purchase of the 1936 Breuer Long Chair for Isokon was made possible by funding from Collections Committee member George R. Kravis II, museum trustee Judy Francis Zankel and an anonymous donor. The Girard chair is a gift of George R. Kravis II in honor of Caroline Baumann, director of the museum.

Caroline Baumann Named Director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Caroline Baumann has been named director of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York, effective June 16. Since joining Cooper-Hewitt in 2001, she has held many leadership positions at the museum, most recently as acting director.

Baumann will oversee the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. In this role, she will strengthen Cooper-Hewitt’s reputation to educate, inspire and empower people through design and oversee the renovation of the museum and the reinstallation of its galleries, which are set to reopen in fall 2014.

Cooper-Hewitt Announces Appointment of New Trustees

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Smithsonian Institution’s board of regents recently appointed Carl Bass, Andy Berndt, David Lubars and Margery Masinter to the board of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Announces Winners of the 14th Annual National Design Awards

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will celebrate outstanding achievement in design this fall with its 14th annual National Design Awards program. Today, Cooper-Hewitt acting director Caroline Baumann announced the winners of the 2013 National Design Awards, which recognize excellence and innovation across a variety of disciplines. The award recipients will be honored at a gala dinner Thursday, Oct. 17, at Pier Sixty in New York.