The National Design Awards are bestowed each year at a benefit dinner and awards ceremony hosted by Cooper Hewitt.

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2016 Gala Co-Chairs

Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie

Kurt Andersen and Anne Kreamer

Susan Avarde

Dror Benshetrit

Alain and Anne-Laure Bernard

Constantin and Laurene Boym

Thom Browne

Beth Comstock

Alex Constantinople

Bart Friedman and Wendy Stein

Shelby and Frederick Gans

Edward and Helen Hintz

Randy Hunt and Kelsey Taylor Hunt

Jon and Shigemi Iwata

Madeleine Rudin Johnson

Jon Kamen

David and Cindy Lubars

Barbara and Morton Mandel

David Rockwell

Rachel Shechtman

Michael Ventura

Todd Waterbury

Judy Francis Zankel and Norman S. Benzaquen

2016 National Design Awards

The 2016 National Design Award winners were honored during a gala benefit dinner and awards ceremony set in the spectacular Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden at Cooper Hewitt on October 20, 2016. All proceeds support Cooper Hewitt’s programs that educate, inspire, and empower people through design.

2016 special thanks

Featured Image: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design museum hosts the National Design Awards Gala during National Design Week in New York, New York on October 20, 2016. Photo by Angela Jimenez for Cooper Hewitt