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

Jennifer Northrop
Director of Communications & Marketing

Laurie Bohlk
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Gregory Gestner
Press Manager

Telephone: 212-849-8420
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The PackH2O Water Backpack took home the 2013 People’s Design Award at the National Design Awards gala in New York, Thursday, Oct. 17. Todd Oldham announced the winning design and presented the award to president and CEO of Grief Inc. David Fischer. PackH2O attempts to solve the global clean water crisis by giving people the power to easily transport their own water. “Cooper-Hewitt has long been a champion of socially responsible design, most notably for our ‘Design with the Other 90%’ exhibition series,” said Caroline Baumann, director of the museum. “I am truly delighted that the American public has chosen…

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will host its eighth annual National Design Week from Oct. 12 through Oct. 20. The museum will offer a series of public programs and a range of online resources for students, teachers, designers, corporate professionals and the general public to celebrate the important role that design plays in all aspects of daily life. Cooper-Hewitt will also promote design events hosted by organizations and institutions across the country and globally through a clickable online map at National Design Week is held in conjunction with Cooper-Hewitt’s most visible public education program, the National Design Awards.…

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has received a $5 million allocation through the City of New York’s Department of Cultural Affairs. The funding supports Cooper-Hewitt’s renovation of the historic Carnegie Mansion and grounds, which will result in 60 percent more gallery space when the museum reopens in fall 2014. This is a major additional allocation from the City, which has previously supported this renovation, and will go toward further restoration of millwork, woodwork, flooring, stone and windows, as well as upgrading the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden. “The City is pleased to continue its support for Cooper-Hewitt’s transformative project,…

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum today announced the selection of Janette Sadik-Khan, commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, as the 2013 Design Patron recipient of the National Design Awards. Unlike the other National Design Awards, which are selected by a jury of leading figures in design, the Design Patron is chosen by museum leadership. “Using design and urban planning as the central driver over her six-year tenure, Janette has transformed how New Yorkers move around the city, from the innovative Citi Bike program to the creation of pedestrian plazas,” said Caroline Baumann, director of the museum.…

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and Smithsonian magazine today announced the launch of the People’s Design Award contest, Sept. 10 through Oct. 11. This year, the public is invited to vote for their favorite design from a pool of 20 works that emphasizes how innovative design makes a difference in our everyday lives. The winning design will be announced live Oct. 17 at the National Design Awards Gala in New York. Design enthusiasts are invited to vote once per day for their favorite design by visiting Nominees range from transportation solutions (Helios Bars, HelmetHub and Sunset Skateboards), designs…

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will launch the programming series Design by Hand, supported by Van Cleef & Arpels, from fall 2013 through spring 2017. This new series of bi-annual educational conversations and workshops will focus on the craftsmanship, innovations and merits of contemporary global designers. Each week of immersion programming will spotlight a pioneering design organization, beginning with the iconic Finnish brand Marimekko in fall 2013. Other featured firms throughout the series include Heath Ceramics (spring 2014) and the jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels (fall 2014). “We are thrilled to partner once again with Van Cleef &…