Current Exhibitions

People in silhouette look at a life-size projection of a rhino on screen

Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial

A curtain of lightbulbs suspended from the ceiling

Through Jan. 20, 2020

Co-organized with Cube design museum in the Netherlands, the exhibition features more than 60 groundbreaking works from designers across all disciplines who are collaborating with scientists, engineers, farmers, environmentalists, and nature itself to design a more harmonious and regenerative future.

Learn more about Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial


Image features pitcher of squat bulbous gourd form with a large leaf-shaped spout and handle in the form of a gathered root or vine; green and gold iridescent luster finish. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.

Extended to october 27, 2019

Objects ranging from ancient to the contemporary show how the optical effects of iridescence have maintained a lasting impact on design.

Learn more about Iridescence.

Scholten & Baijings: Lessons from the Studio

a pale grey espresso cup with a square handle and scored with vertical lines to reference a cardboard prototype, plus saucer, designed by Scholten & Baijings and now on view in Scholten & Baijings: Lessons from the Studio. Click on the image for more information about the installation.

EXTENDED TO September 2, 2019

An interactive installation of industrial design from the award-winning Dutch design studio on view in the Process lab, where visitors can explore the studio’s experiments with form, material, and color.

Learn more about Scholten & Baijings: Lessons from the Studio.

Nature by Design: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Triptych. Watercolor-like illustration of three red fish swimming in pale green water. Rough brown vessel in smooth brown pouch. Orchid model photographed against black background.

To accompany the special exhibition, Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, Nature by Design presents a rotating selection of extraordinary design drawn from Cooper Hewitt’s collection of over 210,000 objects, inviting visitors to discover how nature and design have intersected in the past and continue to converge in our world.

  • Katagami (through Oct. 27, 2019)
  • Embroidered and Embellished (through Oct. 27, 2019)
  • Paisley (through Nov. 11, 2019)
  • Bathing Beautiful (through May 3, 2020)
  • Plastics (through May 3, 2020)
  • Botanical Lessons (through Dec. 2020)

Learn more about Nature by Design: Selections From The Permanent Collection

Immersion Room

Cooper Hewitt’s extraordinary collection of wallcoverings is featured in a new high-tech space, the Immersion Room, offering visitors the unprecedented experience of using the Pen to select digital images of wallpapers or sketch their own design and then project them onto the walls at full scale to see their impact. More than an entertaining interactive experience, the Immersion Room gives museum visitors their first opportunity to discover Cooper Hewitt’s wallcoverings as they were intended to be viewed.

Learn more about the Immersion Room.

student projects on Nature

Now on view on the Ground Floor, an exhibition of winners, finalists,  honorable mentions from Cooper Hewitt’s fourth annual National High School Design Competition, which challenged students to design (or redesign) a nature-based solution to a global problem.

Exhibition supporters

Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial is made possible by support from The Ainslie Foundation. Additional support is provided by Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee, the August Heckscher Exhibition Fund, the Esme Usdan Exhibition Endowment Fund, and the Creative Industries Fund NL.

Funding is also provided by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York as part of the Dutch Culture USA program, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Nature by Design is made possible by major support from Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee. Additional support is provided by the Cooper Hewitt Master’s Program Fund.

Digital Experience supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Exhibitions of the permanent collection are made possible by major support from Nancy Marks. Additional support is provided by Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie and the Henry Luce Foundation.

The Immersion Room is made possible by major support from Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee.

Process Lab is made possible by major support from Alice Gottesman.

The National High School Design Competition: All Access is made possible by the generous support of Target.

Featured Image: Visitors in Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial. Photo by Scott Rudd.