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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…

Caroline Baumann has been named director of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York, effective June 16. Since joining Cooper-Hewitt in 2001, she has held many leadership positions at the museum, most recently as acting director. Baumann will oversee the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. In this role, she will strengthen Cooper-Hewitt’s reputation to educate, inspire and empower people through design and oversee the renovation of the museum and the reinstallation of its galleries, which are set to reopen in fall 2014. “Caroline is passionate about design and reaching people—physically and digitally—with…