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Laurie Bohlk
Associate Director of Communications & Marketing

Hannah Holden
Communications Manager

Contact information for media only:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Department of Communications & Marketing
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128-0669
Telephone: 212-849-8420

May 5, 2016

Today, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Director Caroline Baumann announced the winners of the 2016 National Design Awards, recognizing excellence and innovation across a variety of disciplines in 11 categories. Now in its 17th year, the annual awards were established to promote design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world. The award recipients will be honored at a gala dinner Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden at Cooper Hewitt. This year’s recipients are Moshe Safdie for Lifetime Achievement; Make It Right for Director’s Award; Bruce Mau for Design Mind; Center for Urban Pedagogy for…

May 2, 2016

This May, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum presents the fifth installment of Design by Hand, a biannual series of public programs that celebrate the craftsmanship, innovations and merits of pioneering design organizations. Held May 16–18 during NYCxDesign, the spring series features Humberto Campana of the Campana Brothers, who, along with creative staff from Estudio Campana, will lead a range of educational offerings for all ages. “As evident in their conceptual and provocative interpretation of Brazilian culture, the Campana Brothers are committed to the teaching and assimilation of traditional handcraft into the dialogue around contemporary design,” said Caroline Baumann, director of…

April 27, 2016

“Energizing the Everyday: Gifts from the George R. Kravis II Collection,” opening April 28, celebrates the exceptional gifts from the collector to Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. On view through March 2017, the exhibition will display some of the most important modernist objects—from radios to furniture—alongside contextual works drawn from the museum’s collection. “‘Energizing the Everyday’ celebrates a remarkable gift from a preeminent collector of industrial design, George Kravis,” said Caroline Baumann, director of Cooper Hewitt. “George’s generosity, along with his passion and keen eye for collecting, bolsters Cooper Hewitt’s holdings as one of the foremost industrial design collections in…

April 19, 2016

Featuring creative and alternative approaches to confronting textile industry waste, “Scraps: Fashion, Textiles and Creative Reuse,” on view Sept. 23–April 16, 2017, presents the work of three designers who put sustainability at the heart of the design process. Highlighting contemporary design that embraces the tradition of using handcraft to give new life to scraps and cast-offs, the exhibition showcases work by Luisa Cevese, founder of Milan-based design studio Riedizioni; Christina Kim, founder of Los Angeles-based brand dosa; and Reiko Sudo, cofounder of Toyko textile design firm Nuno. “Telling the inspiring and empowering stories of three women designers and entrepreneurs who…

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present “By the People: Designing a Better America,” the third exhibition in its series on socially responsible design, from Sept. 30 through Feb. 26, 2017. The first exhibition in the series to focus on conditions in the U.S. and its bordering countries, “By the People” will explore the challenges faced by urban, suburban and rural communities. Organized by Cynthia E. Smith, Cooper Hewitt’s curator of socially responsible design, the exhibition features 60 design projects from every region across the U.S. Smith conducted more than two years of field research—traveling to shrinking post-industrial cities, sprawling…

March 7, 2016

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum today announces several trustee and staff appointments. Bart Friedman, Shelby Gans and Jon Kamen join Cooper Hewitt’s board of trustees. Led by chair Barbara Mandel and president Beth Comstock, the board includes 39 distinguished civic and business leaders dedicated to the continued growth of the museum. The museum also welcomes Catherine Birch, director of retail, Wendi Parson, director of communications and marketing and Micah Walter, director of digital and emerging media. “I am truly delighted to welcome these newest members to the Cooper Hewitt family. They bring to the museum not only their superb expertise, but…

Featured Image: Installation view of "How Posters Work." Photo by Matt Flynn.