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National Design Triennial: Why Design Now?

Monday, May 3, 2010

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present the fourth exhibition in the National Design Triennial series in spring 2010. “Why Design Now?” will be on view from May 14, 2010, through Jan. 9, 2011, and will explore the work of designers addressing human and environmental problems across many fields of design from architecture and product design to fashion, graphics, new media and landscape design. Organized by Cooper-Hewitt curators Ellen Lupton, Cara McCarty, Matilda McQuaid and Cynthia Smith, the Triennial will be global in reach for the first time, reflecting the connectedness of design practices and the need for international cooperation to solve the world’s problems.

Cooper-Hewitt Announces Appointment of Objects Conservator

Friday, April 16, 2010

Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of Annie Hall as the museum’s first objects conservator, made possible through support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Hall will study and interpret the museum’s vast collection, collaborate with curators, trustees and the public, gather and disseminate knowledge of the highest scholarship about the unstudied objects in Cooper-Hewitt’s collection and plan for the long-term care of the objects. Prior to this appointment, the museum has had to rely on freelance conservators to treat objects on an as needed basis for all installations, exhibitions and loans. “Hall brings remarkable experience and expertise to the museum, and she will continue to fulfill our mission through her ability to preserve and care for our incredibly diverse objects,” said Curatorial Director Cara McCarty. “Conservation and preservation of Cooper-Hewitt’s holdings is vital for the safety and longevity of the objects within the collection.”

Ted Muehling Selects: Lobmeyr Glass from the Permanent Collection

Thursday, April 15, 2010

“Ted Muehling Selects: Lobmeyr Glass from the Permanent Collection” is the 10th installment in an exhibition series devoted to showing rotations of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition celebrates the museum’s recent acquisition of an extraordinary collection of rare glass works from J. & L. Lobmeyr of Vienna, Austria, which dates from 1835 to 2008 and spans nearly the entire history of the firm. The exhibition will be on view from April 23, 2010, through Jan. 2, 2011, and will feature more than 100 Lobmeyr pieces selected by designer Ted Muehling, original drawings lent by Lobmeyr, and other related works from the museum’s collection.

Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to Present "Doodle 4 Google" Exhibition Featuring K-12 Design Contest Winner and Finalists

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum today announced its partnership with Google on an exhibition of this year’s U.S. “Doodle 4 Google” design competition winner and finalists. The “Doodle 4 Google” design competition invites K-12 students from across the country to think like designers, using Google’s iconic logo to convey their hopes and dreams inspired by the theme, “If I Could Do Anything, I Would...” On May 27, the winning student’s design will be the doodle of the day on the www.google.com home page. The top four National Winners from each grade group along with the 36 Regional Finalists’ designs will be featured in the exhibition from May 27 through July 8. The exhibition will focus on the creative nature of the design process and will include educational programs for teachers and students.

Quicktake: Tata Nano—The People's Car

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Tata Nano, designed to be the world’s most affordable car, will be on view at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum from Feb. 18 through April 25, 2010. Unveiled last year in India by Tata Motors, India’s largest automobile manufacturer, the Tata Nano is targeted to families who had not previously been able to afford a car. Billed as “the people’s car,” the base model starts at $2,500 in India and can accommodate up to five adults. A bright, sunshine yellow Nano will be on display in Cooper-Hewitt’s Great Hall, along with diagrams and photos describing its concept, development and production.

Quicktake: Rodarte

Thursday, January 28, 2010

“Quicktake: Rodarte,” a fashion installation, will be on view at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum from Feb. 11, 2010, through March 14, 2010. Founded in 2005 by Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Rodarte is widely acclaimed for its daring and conceptual collections. “Quicktake: Rodarte” offers a glimpse into the Mulleavys’ unique process and inspiration at an important point in their career; recently Rodarte was awarded the 2009 Womenswear Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and was named a 2009 fashion design finalist for Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design Awards.

Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to Present "Doodle 4 Google" Exhibition Featuring K-12 Design Contest Winner and Finalists

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Bill Moggridge, designer of the first laptop computer in 1980 and co-founder of IDEO, the renowned innovation and design firm, has been named director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York, effective March 2010.

Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Awarded $600,000 Grant by The Rockefeller Foundation

Monday, January 4, 2010

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has received a $600,000 grant from The Rockefeller Foundation to develop its groundbreaking 2007 “Design for the Other 90%” exhibition into an ongoing series that will continue to focus on design solutions that address 90 percent of the world’s population not traditionally serviced by the professional design community.

Trek Lime Bike Wins the 2009 People’s Design Award

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum presented its fourth People’s Design Award to the Trek Lime bicycle Thursday, Oct. 22, at its 10th annual National Design Awards gala in New York. Tyler Florence, host of Food Network’s “Tyler’s Ultimate,” announced the winning design and presented the award to Hans Eckholm, senior industrial designer for Trek Bicycles.

10th Annual National Design Awards Celebration Includes Gala Ceremony, Free Public Programs and Special Exhibition

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will celebrate outstanding achievement in design this fall with its 10th annual National Design Awards program, which includes free museum admission to all visitors throughout National Design Week, sponsored by Target, Oct. 18-24; a gala dinner honoring the winners and finalists Oct. 22 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York; and a special exhibition commemorating winners honored during the first decade of the program.

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