Design Day: Collection Selects

Cooper Hewitt’s permanent collection of 210,000 design objects is one of the most comprehensive in the world, spanning from an ancient Egyptian faience cup dating to about 1100 BCE to contemporary 3D-printed objects and digital code. Join Cooper Hewitt curators Yao-Fen You (Acting Deputy Director of Curatorial; Senior Curator + Head of Product Design and Decorative Arts), Caitlin Condell (Associate Curator; Head of Drawings, Prints & Graphic Design) and Susan Brown (Associate Curator; Acting Head of Textiles) along with Christina Kim (2018 National Design Award winner in Fashion Design) for a virtual showcase of works in the collection by National Design Award winners.

The winners of the 2020 National Design Awards will be announced on October 1. Join us for the virtual gala!



This free program will be hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in as well. Details will be emailed to you upon registration. CART captioning will be provided. Please reach out to us with any information on how we can support your participation, and with requests for services by emailing

About National Design Month

In 2020, National Design Week expands to a monthlong virtual celebration, gathering the country’s leading designers and communities around the country to celebrate the power of design in our everyday world. Held in conjunction with the National Design Awards, National Design Month will highlight the work of Award winners through a series of free virtual education programs throughout October including talks, tours, workshops, a professional development training, a college fair, and a career fair. Check back throughout October for new activities to be released on the Smithsonian Learning Lab and more!


2020 Special Thanks