designer spotlight: cw&t

Join us as we go behind the scenes with CW&T, winner of the 2022 National Design Award for Product Design. A design firm that started as and remains a two-person practice, CW&T’s work spans from interactive software to human-scaled tools that enhance our relationships to work, life, and time. Projects range from devices that alter the perception of time, an electronics curriculum for artists, an astrological compass for space travelers, to objects engineered to last multiple generations. 

Founders Che-Wei Wang and Taylor Levy will share more about the formation of their firm, the ethos and mission behind their work, as well as the unique premise of living and working in their home studio. The duo will tour attendees through their Brooklyn studio, where they live and design and produce all their work. During the welcoming Open Design Office Hours portion, attendees are invited to share any products or concepts they’ve been working on for thoughts and constructive feedback from Che-Wei and Taylor as well as fellow attendees. 

Learn more about CW&T and all the winners of the 2022 National Design Awards!  

schedule

5:30 p.m. Welcome Refreshments & Open Design Office Hours
6:00 p.m. Che-Wei Wang and Taylor Levy in Conversation
6:30 p.m. Studio Tour
7:00 p.m. Program concludes
 

Accessibility

  • Location: This program will take place in person at Che-Wei and Taylor’s studio/living space, located in the Bedford–Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. The nearest subway station is Bedford/Nostrand Avenues (G), about a 2-minute walk to the studio, or Nostrand Avenue station (A or C), about a 15-minute walk. The exact address will be sent to registered attendees before the event. 
  • Building: To enter the studio/living space, there is one step up into the building. The office hours and talk portion of the program will take place in the outdoor courtyard space, pending weather. As a part of the tour of the studio, Che-Wei and Taylor will lead small tours throughout their studio space, which includes an annex attached to the courtyard and a workspace in the basement. There are two steps up and three steps down to enter the annex. There are 13 steps down to enter the basement. 
  • What to Expect: The program will begin with welcome refreshments, including wine and water, and an informal office hours portion where attendees can mingle and share about their own projects. Next, Che-Wei and Taylor will offer a brief talk, followed by a tour of their studio and working space through rotating groups. 
  • Accommodations: For general questions, or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation in this program, please email us at CHEducation@si.edu or let us know when registering. Please make your accommodation request as far in advance as possible—preferably at least one week before the program date when possible. 

Health & Safety Measures

Attendees are required to wear a mask while inside. Please visit Cooper Hewitt’s Plan Your Visit page for up-to-date information on health and safety guidelines. 

About national Design week

National Design Week celebrates the power of design in our everyday world. Launched in 2006, National Design Week is held in conjunction with the National Design Awards. From October 17–23, 2022, Cooper Hewitt’s galleries will be free to enter, and programs will welcome all to engage with design. Visit www.cooperhewitt.org/ndw for a complete listing of programs. Your support helps connect students and lifelong learners everywhere with today’s foremost designers, during National Design Week and throughout the year. Show your support today! 

Special Thanks

The National Design Awards are made possible with major support from

Major support is also provided by Helen and Edward Hintz and Shelby and Frederick Gans. Generous support is provided by Alexandra and Paul Herzan, Crystal and Chris Sacca, and Lisa Roberts and David Seltzer. 

Additional support is provided by Agnes Gund, Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee, Esme Usdan and James Snyder, Jon C. Iwata, Keith Yamashita, Kim and Mac Schuessler, Margery and Edgar Masinter, Richard M. Smith and Dr. Soon-Young Yoon, and Cooper Hewitt’s Board of Trustees.


National Design Week programs are made possible with major support from

Generous support is provided by The Hirsch Family Foundation and The Pinkerton Foundation.