Press Room


Members of the press can view information for museum news and events and access the press release archive.

Press materials, including high-resolution images for publication, are available through the password-protected Press Images and Resource Gallery.

Contact information for media only:

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Department of Communications & Marketing
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128-0669

Jennifer Northrop
Director of Communications & Marketing

Gregory Gestner
Press Manager

Telephone: 212-849-8420
Fax: 212-849-1549

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design, will open the renovated and restored Carnegie Mansion, Friday, Dec. 12. When the transformed museum opens on New York’s Museum Mile, it will offer 60 percent more exhibition space to showcase one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence. Ten inaugural exhibitions and installations, many of which draw from the museum’s permanent collection of more than 210,000 objects that span 30 centuries, will feature more than 700 objects throughout four floors of the mansion. For the…

Spire, a wearable personal health-tracking device, took home the trophy for the 2014 People’s Design Award at Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Awards gala in New York Oct. 9. National Design Awards jury member Bruce Mau announced the winning design and presented the award to Spire CEO Jonathan Palley and designer Zhao Zhao. Spire analyzes an individual’s emotional and physical state with the goal of improving people’s daily lives through greater health, balance and productivity. “With an emphasis on transforming people’s lives through regular feedback about their health, Spire truly captures the essence of the People’s Design Award—revolutionizing our everyday experiences…

Fashion legends Maria Cornejo, Francisco Costa and Narciso Rodriguez will discuss their influences, process and inspirations at “Diseño: Fashion” Oct. 15 at El Museo del Barrio (located at 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street), kicking off a new series of public programs presented by Cooper Hewitt and El Museo del Barrio celebrating Latino designers. Moderated by NBC’s Natalie Morales, admission is free and the series is open to visitors of all ages; advance registration is required at Heralding the impact of Latinos on American design, the “Diseño” series will explore diverse fields with talks by leading figures. Programs continue…

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will host National Design Week from Oct. 4 through Oct. 12. Throughout the week, the museum will offer a series of public programs in New York for students, teachers, design professionals and the general public to celebrate the important role that design plays in all aspects of daily life. Organizations and schools nationwide will also sponsor events, including a faculty exhibition at Minneapolis College of Arts and Design that “explores what makes us human,” a conference on interaction design in New Orleans and a tour of a fashion exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art,…

Offering books for the scholar’s study, the coffee table and the children’s room alike, the publications program of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has ramped up with five new titles for fall 2014 in celebration of the Dec. 12 opening of the transformed museum. Among the items on the list are lavishly illustrated catalogs of major inaugural exhibitions, the first new book in almost 20 years devoted exclusively to Cooper Hewitt’s extraordinary collection and delightfully unconventional volumes by beloved author, artist and designer Maira Kalman. “Publishing is an essential element of our identity,” stated Caroline Baumann, director of Cooper Hewitt.…

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and today announced the launch of the People’s Design Award contest, in conjunction with the 2014 National Design Awards. This year, the public is invited to vote from Sept. 10 through Oct. 6 for their favorite design from a pool of 20 works that emphasize how innovative design makes a difference in people’s everyday lives. The winning design will be announced live Oct. 9 at the National Design Awards Gala in New York City. Design enthusiasts are invited to view the 20 nominees and vote once per day for their favorite product by logging…