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The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt Launches New Location in Grand Central Terminal for the Holiday Season

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum opens today in its first off-site retail location—the Graybar Passage of Grand Central Terminal. The kiosk, open from Nov. 4 through Jan. 31, 2011, will offer a selection of 25 design works from the museum’s renowned shop, including decorative objects, jewelry, toys and office accessories, and will be outfitted with USM Modular Furniture’s Haller system in orange, a color available for the first time in three decades. Cooper- Hewitt chose the USM Haller system—a 1963 design classic, which is created from a few basic elements that can be expanded or reconfigured as needed—to outfit its museum shop and now the kiosk.

The Braille Alphabet Bracelet Wins the 2010 People’s Design Award

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum presented its fifth People’s Design Award to the Braille Alphabet Bracelet Thursday, Oct. 14, at its 11th annual National Design Awards gala in New York. White House Deputy Social Secretary Ebs Burnough and fashion designer Cynthia Rowley announced the winning design and presented the award to Leslie Ligon, designer of At First Sight Braille Jewelry.

Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and GE Present "Why Design Now? Solving Global Challenges" Conference

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and GE will present the “Why Design Now? Solving Global Challenges” conference Friday, Oct. 1, to explore the role of design in solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Held in conjunction with the museum’s “National Design Triennial: Why Design Now?” exhibition, the conference brings together diverse thought leaders, scientists and designers to share their expertise on how design can accelerate innovation and improve efficiency and scalability of solutions to address urgent global needs.

David Rockwell Joins Cooper-Hewitt's Board of Trustees

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Smithsonian Institution’s board of regents appointed David Rockwell to the board of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum on June 21.

Recent Acquisitions: Digital Typography Collection

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

“Recent Acquisitions: Digital Typography,” an installation highlighting five graphic works exploring post-modernist trends in typography, will be on view from Sept. 3 through fall 2010 at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Organized by Gail Davidson, curator and head of the Drawings, Prints and Graphic Design department, the installation includes expressive typographic work developed by graphic designers as a response to modernism’s rigid and impersonal sans serif type.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Awarded $800,000 Challenge Grant by The Kresge Foundation

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has been awarded an $800,000 challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation for its RE:DESIGN renovation project. To date, $51 million, or 94 percent, of the $54 million renovation goal has been raised. The Kresge Foundation grant requires Cooper-Hewitt to raise the remaining $3 million renovation funds by Sept. 30, 2011.

First Lady Michelle Obama Celebrates the National Design Awards with White House Ceremony and Luncheon

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum today announced First Lady Michelle Obama will celebrate the 2010 National Design Awards Wednesday, July 21, with a White House ceremony for the winners and finalists of the awards. In support of the First Lady’s emphasis on arts education, prior to the luncheon, the award winners will participate in an education program for high school students in Washington, D.C. First Lady Michelle Obama serves as the honorary patron for this year’s National Design Awards.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Joins with Nike and Make Something!! for a Series of Educational Workshops for Local Students

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will join with Nike and Make Something!!, an organization founded by artistic curator Aaron Rose to introduce kids to new creative opportunities in the arts, to present a series of educational workshops focused on creativity and design. Beginning July 12, local students will work alongside Nike designers and Make Something!! artists to design graphics, apparel, footwear and event activities in celebration of the World Basketball Festival taking place in New York in August.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Announces Winners and Finalists of the 11th Annual National Design Awards

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will celebrate outstanding achievement in design this fall with its 11th annual National Design Awards program, now in its second decade. Today, Cooper-Hewitt Director Bill Moggridge announced the winners and finalists of the 2010 National Design Awards, which recognize excellence across a variety of disciplines. The Award recipients will be honored at a gala dinner Thursday, Oct. 14, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. First Lady Michelle Obama serves as the Honorary Patron for this year’s National Design Awards.

Cooper-Hewitt Announces Winner of K-12 Doodle 4 Google Design Contest and Launches Exhibition

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present the exhibition “Doodle 4 Google: If I Could Do Anything, I Would...” from May 27 through Aug. 15 in the Target National Design Education Center. The exhibition features the winning designs from the 2010 Doodle 4 Google competition for K-12 students from around the country and includes educational programs for teachers and students focusing on the problem-solving nature of the design process.