Join Cooper Hewitt for the Design fest of the Year!

Cooper Hewitt concludes National Design Week with a day of hands-on activities led by National Design Award winners and guest designers. Audiences of all ages are invited to play designer and tackle design challenges in workshops, learn new design skills, and explore the museum.

Workshops | On-going, 11 A.M. – 4 P.M.

Product Design | Redesign a watch to improve its function for a unique user.

Interaction Design | Design a drawing robot.

Design Education | Prototype a light.

Architecture Design | Design an architectural space that connects to the natural world.

Communication Design | Design a custom stamp.

Fashion Design | Prototype Eyewear

Landscape Architecture | Design a park for a specific user.

Interior Design | Use pattern and form to design an interior space.

Fashion Design | Design a customized pocket.

WORKSHOP WITH TARGET | 11:00 A.M., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.

Engage with Target in an inclusive design workshop.

WORKSHOP WITH SESAME STREET | 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

Explore character design to create a 2-dimensional muppet.



Launched in 2006, National Design Week is held each year in conjunction with the National Design Awards. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the National Design Awards, Cooper Hewitt will offer free admission to all museum visitors during National Design Week (October 12–19, 2019), courtesy of Target, and will host a series of free education programs broadening access to the vision and work of the country’s design leaders, inspiring people of all ages to engage with design and design thinking. National Design Week culminates with the National Design Awards Gala. View all programs and events here.

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