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The Making of Set In Style


Amethyst, diamond, emerald, jade, onyx, ruby and sapphire—the very words conjure up an exotic world of beauty, fashion, mystery, and intrigue. Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels provides ample evidence that the celebrated jeweler does indeed exemplify that world.
Set in Style, Exhibition, jewelry, Van Cleef & Arpels, museum, galleries, style, icons

Simply Smart Design


Design is about people, not things… Not just a catchphrase, it’s the key to Smart Design’s success. 
Smart Design, consultancy, davin stowell, CEO, museum, members, tour, talk, National Design Award, winner, oxo, UCB

Looking into Local Projects


Jake Barton of Local Projects, National Design Award Finalist in 2010 and 2006, warmly welcomed Cooper-Hewitt Members for a behind-the-scenes look at his media-design firm.
Jake Barton, Local Projects, National Design Award, nda, finalist, media, Information, interaction, design, interactivity, production, social media, storytelling, StoryCorps, Thinc Design, exhibition design, 9/11, September 11, museum, members, tour, visit, behind the scenes, give a minute, public, participation

Armadillo Suits, Soil Lamps, Folded Bikes, Oh My!


This year the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s Triennial: Why Design Now? explores topics of sustainable design. Current global climate changes and economic slumps have provided a platform for designers to create even more innovative works to aid the world around us
Why Design Now, Triennial, Exhibition, sustainable, innovative, Green, education, museum, programming, learning, Children, application, workshops, communication, health, transportation, design kids, tours, family

Bad Design / Good Design


It’s hard to find examples of bad design that you can publish on a blog. I don’t suppose that’s surprising, as we all want to tell stories about our successes, but we’re happier when the failures fade into the gloom of obscurity.
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Summer in Washington, DC


Design for the Other 90% opened in Washington, DC on April 28, 2010 at the National Geographic Museum’s 17th Street galleries, through September 6, 2010. Admission is free.
Design for the Other 90%, Exhibition, Washington, DC, National Geographic, museum, 2010, free, admission, Solar Home Lighting, system, solution, low-cost, affordable, Display, collaboration, needs, underrepresented, populations

At Home from Roof to Basement


Yes, I’m starting to feel at home at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, having started work here this week. On the first day Angela Hall, who looks after everyone’s well being here, gave me a complete tour of the place.
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Cooper-Hewitt Director


Over the past several months, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s Search Committee has been hard at work conducting an international search for a new Director. There was tremendous interest in this important position and narrowing the field was a difficult challenge, but in the end we are thrilled with our selection.
Director, museum, search, international, selection, Bill Moggridge, laptop, computer, IDEO, co-founder, pioneer, Interaction Design, human-centered, people-centered

Meier 75


Personally, I am partial to Richard Meier’s approach to architecture. According to Meier, a building is an act of “willful artificiality;” a “man-made” spatial construct that functions as a receptacle for experiencing the world of nature. 
Richard Meier, Architecture, artificiality, man-made, white walls, nature, Frank Lloyd Wright, influences, building, natural, landscape, stage, Display, separation, art, modernist, Le Corbusier, machine, silversmith, Jean Puiforcat, theory, unity, harmony, Modular, system, scale, proportions, drawings, lines, Getty Center, Los Angeles, gift, collection, contemporary, Tod Williams Billie Tsien, Museum of American Folk Art, Alvaro Siza, Galician Center of Contemporary Art, Santiago de Compostela, spain, sketches, museum

Cooper-Hewitt's New Acting Director


As you may know, Paul Warwick Thompson, the Museum’s director of eight years, has resigned to accept the position of rector of the Royal College of Art in London. Starting July 13th, I will serve as acting director of the museum while a ten-member committee, of which I am a part, searches for a permanent director.
Caroline Baumann, Acting Director, museum, Paul Warwick Thompson, Director, Royal College of Art, search committee, RE:DESIGN, renovation, reconfiguration, endowment, increase, Miller/Fox, townhouses, programming

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