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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 www.smithsonian.com/peoplesdesign. 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 &…

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum today announced the acquisition of the iPad music application Planetary, developed by Bloom Studio Inc., along with the underlying source code, which will be freely released to enable developers to build upon and incorporate it into other software design. Released in 2011, Planetary uses the visual metaphor of celestial bodies to represent the relationship between artists (stars), albums (planets) and tracks/songs (moons). Today’s announcement coincides with Neptune at Opposition, when the planet will be at its closest to the Earth for the year, and also at its brightest. Planetary represents an important branch of…

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum today announced the acquisition of several important works to the collection, including a key early example of bentwood furniture by Marcel Breuer and Alexander Girard’s armchair for Braniff International Airways. The purchase of the 1936 Breuer Long Chair for Isokon was made possible by funding from Collections Committee member George R. Kravis II, museum trustee Judy Francis Zankel and an anonymous donor. The Girard chair is a gift of George R. Kravis II in honor of Caroline Baumann, director of the museum. “These new acquisitions truly reflect the continuum of design, from an iconic…