Exhibition

Postcard from Tokyo


I was delighted by this New Year’s card from Takeshi Ishiguro in Tokyo. On the front was an image of a snow covered landscape, with one of those crisp blue skies that only seem to visit Japan when it’s cold.
Takeshi Ishiguro, product design, Industrial Design, Creative Lab, studio, Tokyo, Japan, postcard, light light, lamp, feather, Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design, Exhibition, 1995, MOMA, Book of Lights, Artecnica

"Why Design Now" - Triennial Highlights


Sunday January 9th was the last day of our National Design Triennial, open since May 14th. How can almost nine months go so fast? 
Why Design Now, Triennial, Exhibition, energy, mobility, community, materials, prosperity, health, communication, simplicity, categories, themes, global, efficiency, participatory, scale

Only two weeks left!


Only a few short weeks left to see Ted Muehling Selects: Lobmeyr Glass from the Permanent Collection. Watch designer Ted Muehling and curator Sarah Coffin as they discuss highlights from the exhibition in this 5 minute walkthrough.  
Ted Muehling, selects, Exhibition, Designer, jewelry, decorative objects, Lobmeyr, Glass, permanent, collection, curator, highlights, walkthrough, acquisition, vienna, austria, glassmaking, central Europe, product design

Nonstop Alessi!


We all enjoyed the opening of Alessi: Ethical and Radical this past weekend at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (on view through April 10, 2011 in the Collab Gallery/Perelman Building), and last night Alberto joined us at Cooper-Hewitt for a scintillating presentation of the company’s work over the decades, reiterating the Alessi ethos that Design is a new form of contemporary art and poetry.
Alessi, Alberto Alessi, Sappers kettle, product design, kitchenware, Alessi: ethical and radical, Exhibition, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2011, presentation, talk

Alberto Alessi Meets an Old Friend


We’re thrilled that Alberto Alessi will be giving a presentation at the Museum on Monday (22nd) evening! He is the ultimate mediator between designs that can succeed commercially as well as expressing artistic values.  
Alberto Alessi, Alessi, kitchenware, product design, presentation, talk, Alessi: ethical and radical, Exhibition, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2011, kettle, Whistling Bird Teakettle, Michael Graves, wheelchair, upright, lift, iBOT, Dean Kamen, Segway, software, sensors, signals, calculate, standing height, engineering, discontinued

Adventures in Antiques


Cooper-Hewitt Members enjoyed a private tour of the International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show with Sarah Coffin, Curator of Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-century Decorative Arts and Head of Product Design and Decorative Arts.
International Fine Art & Antiques Dealers, Show, members, tour, private, sarah coffin, curator, product design, decorative arts, MALLET, Primavera Gallery, Lillian Nassau, Jason Jacques, H Blairman & Sons, James Robinson, Apler-Fredericks, Hancocksk & Co, Brian Haughton Gallery, Set in Style, Exhibition, jewelry, Van Cleef & Arpels

Why Design Now? Conference, October 1st


There was a deluge at dawn on Friday, canceling many trains and tempting people to stay at home, in spite of their commitment to arrive at Jazz at Lincoln Center by 9:00 am for the start of the WHY DESIGN NOW? Solving Global Challenges Conference.
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Scaasi Spectacular at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


As a guest of Jean and Frederic Sharf, I spent this past weekend celebrating the Arnold Scaasi exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Museum’s recent acquisition of his archive and more than 100 of his designs.
Scaasi, Arnold Scaasi, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Exhibition, acquisition, archive, fashion design, custom-made, fashionable, socialites

Growing Respect for Dirt


A new project by Marieke Staps highlights the emerging interest among designers to devise inexpensive and ecologically sound solutions to ordinary problems. Soil Lamp signals a new environmental consciousness by focusing on simple, abundant materials like soil and finding new ways to harness them.
Why Design Now, Triennial, Exhibition, 2010, Marieke Staps, ecological, inexpensive, solutions, soil, dirt, Soil Lamp, materials, technology, batteries, earth batteries, metals, microorganisms, bacteria, renewable, energy, Lebone, Bioconcrete, clock, biomass, nature

Pure Blend / Puras Misturi


Centrally located in the Ibirapuera city park the city government has established a new Brazilian Cultures Hall (Pavilhão das Culturas Brasileiras). I visited the space in April, a week before the installation began, and was entranced not only this new design collection, but also by the architecture. 
Brazil, Brasil, popular design, artifacts, resourcefulness, Puras Misturi, Pure Blend, Exhibition, Museu da Casa Brasileira, Pavilhão das Culturas Brasileiras, Brazilian Cultures Hall, Ibirapuera, Oscar Niemeyer, architect, building, renovation, crafts, artisans, Lina Bardi, Carlos Motta, cultural, indigenous, diversity, Adélia Borges, curator, Brazilian Design Biennial, Bienal Brasileira de Design, 2010, Curitiba

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