Installations

Under the Sun: An Outdoor Exhibition of Light


Follow the successful efforts to harness the sun’s power for home and industry, beginning in 1830 with the work of Edmund Becquerel, who discovered that photovoltaic cells had the power to convert sunlight to electricity. Objects include a tent covered in thin-film photovoltaic panels, a solar-powered decorative fountain, a solar cooker, a prototype for a solar-powered laptop, and a sundial with twelve chairs, each of which provides enough light to read by at night.  Organized by Lucy Fellowes. Sponsored by BP Solar and the United States Department of Energy. 
sustainable design, solar power, environmentally-friendly, Installations, Architecture, Industrial Design, exhibitions

The Window Show


Fifteen participating designers chose objects from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s collections and National Design Library to decorate store windows for this off-site exhibition. 
permanent collection, National Design Library, fashion, exhibitions, Installations, New York City, retail

Solos: SmartWrap


Designed by the Philadelphia-based Kieran Timberlake Associates LLP, Smartwrap is a concept for a customizable building material that incorporates emerging technologies in heating, lighting, and solar energy in a building’s façade.
Solos, Smartwrap, materials, Architecture, Kieran Timberlake, building materials, Installations, Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden

Yinka Shonibare Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection


In the third guest-curated exhibition in the Nancy and Edwin Marks Gallery, renowned British/Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE has mined Cooper-Hewitt’s permanent collections to create an installation that addresses themes of transportation, imperialism, tourism, and cultural exchange.
Yinka Shonibare, exhibitions, nancy and edwin marks gallery, permanent collection, Installations, tourism, imperialism, transportation, cultural exchange, ch:exhibition=35350867

Solos: Matali Crasset


In the fourth installment of the Solos exhibition series, Cooper-Hewitt presents an interactive light and sound installation by the celebrated French industrial designer, Matali Crasset. Crasset’s work explores residential and urban rituals and the domestication of technology, comprising industrial design products, graphics, theater sets, wallpaper, and furniture.
Solos, Matali Crasset, exhibitions, Installations, interactive, light installation, sound installation, Industrial Design, graphic design, theater, wallpaper, furniture, rituals, technology

Quicktake: Doshi Levien for Moroso


This summer, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present Quicktake: Doshi Levien for Moroso, a special installation in the museum's Great Hall showcasing the designers' new "Charpoy" collection of daybeds and pillows for Moroso.
Doshi Levien, Nipa Doshi, Jonathan Levien, Quicktake, exhibitions, Installations, India, furniture design, textiles, craftsmanship, handicrafts, sewing, artisans

Provoking Magic: Lighting of Ingo Maurer


This retrospective of the celebrated lighting designer Ingo Maurer will offer a comprehensive overview of his nearly four decades of work.
Provoking Magic, Ingo Maurer, lighting design, exhibitions, prototypes, Installations
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The Tangible Earth Project - Professor Shinichi Takemura


I first met Shinichi at the Indaba design conference in Cape Town, South Africa, where his presentation captivated everyone in the audience. I immediately asked him if he would like to be interviewed for Designing Media and he enthusiastically accepted.  
Tangible Earth, shinichi takemura, professor, Installations, natural, disasters, earthquake, tsunami, holistic, sustainable, digital, globe, projector, sensors, interaction, interactive design, Bill Moggridge, designing media, Interview, MIT press, design media, social, impact

Tangible Tuesdays: OnObject


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

Subway Success


I lived in New York for a few months in 1965, when people were afraid to stand on a station platform alone, or board a train without protection from friends, and there was a police officer in every car. What a contrast from this week, when I rode the Lexington Avenue Express downtown to attend a talk by Masamichi Udagawa. 
New York City, NYC, subway, improvements, Masamichi Udagawa, Sigi Moeslinger, Antenna, cars, Information, signage, Metropolitan Transit Authority, MTA, MetroCard, Help Point Intercom, local, solutions, infrastructure, product design, Installations, 96th Street, station, Broadway, Cherry Blossom, staircase, interactive, Triennial, 2003