Cooper-Hewitt: Groundbreaking- The Past as Inspiration

Event Date: 
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Giovanni Battista Piranesi, an eighteenth-century designer of architecture, elaborate Interiors and exquisite furnishings, boldly combined historical elements to create innovative designs that still resonate today. Cooper-Hewitt invites a panel of designers to discuss how, like Piranesi, their imaginative and often irreverent use of historical motifs invigorates contemporary design. This panel features: Anna Sui, Fashion Designer; Bill Diamond, Interior Designer, Diamond + Baratta; Tony Baratta, Interior Designer, Diamond + Baratta; Jessica Smith, Textile Designer, Domestic Element and Professor, Savannah College of Art and Design. The panel is moderated by Ellen Lupton, Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.