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A Heaping Plate of Design
After World War II, design boomed in Europe. Colors were brighter, lines more dynamic and materials more industrial—affordable modernism emerged to feed thriving consumers in the 1950s. The now iconic Homemaker tableware line started as a challenge for young English designer Enid Seeney. She was tasked with creating an “all-over” pattern for fashionable rimless plates....
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Education Innovation Award
The Education team was excited to take a field trip to Washington DC to be part of the Smithsonian Education Innovation Awards. Although, we often travel for individual programs, this was one of those rare chances where the whole team got to travel together. After a short flight and a nice celebratory lunch, we headed...
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Meet the Staff: Vassiliki Giannopoulos
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do? I manage the National Design Awards program – organizing everything from the nomination, submission, and jury processes to the White House and Gala celebrations. What do you enjoy most about your work? Working with passionate people, both at the Museum and in...
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Cooper-Hewitt Hits Social Media Milestones
                  Cooper-Hewitt has just surpassed 50,000 followers on Twitter and 25,000 fans on Facebook! Since the museum joined Twitter in 2008, we’ve shared more than 4,000 tweets on everything from historic collection objects to cutting-edge design spotted around the world. Cooper-Hewitt joined Facebook in 2007 to share...
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Meet the Staff: Alvaro Imbrett
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do? I work in the Facilities Department where I am involved with general building maintenance and upkeep. I have many different responsibilities, but the focus of my job is to keep all of the Museum’s buildings and spaces—including the Museum offices, National Design...
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Focusing on School Improvement
Cooper-Hewitt's Education team spent an amazing week in New Orleans with 26 educators from New York City, San Antonio, New Orleans and Washington, D.C. Although their day jobs include teaching subjects from across the curriculum, including math and science as well as social studies and history, they all became designers for the week and solved...
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Remembering Sam Farber
Sam Farber Courtesy of OXO It is with great sadness that Cooper-Hewitt mourns the loss of businessman and self-described “design junkie,” Sam Farber. The founder of the kitchenware companies Copco and OXO, Farber truly understood what design can do to improve the quality of life. He recognized that good design reflects not just aesthetic appeal,...
Bill Moggridge’s Books
The global design community suffered a great loss when Bill Moggridge passed away in September 2012 following a battle with cancer. Bill was a pioneer of interaction design, a co-founder of IDEO, and director of the Cooper-Hewitt museum. Here's the story of his personal library, which is now open to the public digitally and physically.
The 21st-century Design Library
A conversation about libraries in the 21st century. This event was held in Cooper-Hewitt's newly renovated National Design Library. Features Gary E. Strong, University Librarian, UCLA, and Stephen H. Van Dyk, Head of the Art Division, Smithsonian Libraries. Moderated by Nancy E. Gwinn, Director, Smithsonian Libraries.
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Meet the Staff: Kimberly Cisneros
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do here at Cooper-Hewitt? I manage the K-12 school programs and all tours for the museum. I supervise both the Design Educators, who provide our school audiences with tours and workshops, and the Docents, who provide our public and private tours. In addition,...