Upcoming Exhibitions

Joris Laarman Bone Chair

Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age

On view September 27, 2017–January 15, 2018

Working at the intersection of design, art, and science, Dutch designer Joris Laarman and his multidisciplinary team are known for their pioneering and elegant applications of digital technologies. From the iconic Bone Chair generated from algorithms that mimic bone growth to a pedestrian bridge built in midair using advanced robotic 3D printing, Joris Laarman Lab is revolutionizing the design process. In this first U.S. major exhibition, Laarman’s most thrilling advancements point to a future where form and fabrication surpass the limitations of industrial production.

Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age is organized by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands.

Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age is made possible by the generous support of Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee and the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc. Support is also provided by the Ehrenkranz Fund, the Dutch Culture USA program of the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, Kim and Al Eiber, and the Creative Industries Fund NL.

Passion for the Exotic: Japonism

Vase, 1886, molded and hand-painted gilded and glazed earthenware;manufactured by Rookwood Pottery (US)

On view September 9, 2017–June 18, 2018

An installation of ceramics, furniture, metalwork, and other objects from the permanent collection in the museum’s Teak Room. The exhibition will explore  how American and European designers, following the opening of Japan to the West in the late 19th century, created objects inspired by Japanese imports and other examples of Eastern design through form, technique, motifs, and materials.

Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection

Mom Brooch, 2009, designed by Ted Noten (The Netherlands)

On view November 17, 2017 through May 28, 2018

An exhibition of avant-garde jewelry design from the late 20th century up through the present day. Featuring nearly 150 brooches, necklaces, bracelets, and rings created by designers from Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America, Jewelry of Ideas will illuminate the radical conceptual and material developments in jewelry design that have transformed the field.

Featured Image: Joris Laarman Lab; Bone Chair, 2006; Aluminum; H x W x D: 44.5 × 75.6 × 75.9 cm (17 1/2 × 29 3/4 × 29 7/8 in.); Photo courtesy of Joris Laarman Lab