Giovanni Battista Piranesi, an eighteenth-century designer of architecture, elaborate Interiors and exquisite furnishings, boldly combined historical elements to create innovative designs that still resonate today. Cooper-Hewitt invites a panel of designers to discuss how, like Piranesi, their imaginative and often irreverent use of historical motifs invigorates contemporary design.

This panel features:
Anna Sui, Fashion Designer;

Bill Diamond, Interior Designer, Diamond + Baratta;

Tony Baratta, Interior Designer, Diamond + Baratta;

Jessica Smith, Textile Designer, Domestic Element and Professor, Savannah College of Art and Design.

The panel is moderated by Ellen Lupton, Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.