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Barbara Mandel smiling in the Cooper Hewitt galleries
Remembering Barbara A. Mandel
Barbara A. Mandel, 1925–2019 Cooper Hewitt Trustee 1997-2019 The Board of Trustees and staff of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum deeply mourn the passing of our beloved friend and exceptional former Board Chair Barbara Mandel. Forthright, fiercely intelligent, and a champion of design education, Barbara served Cooper Hewitt from 1997-2019, first as chair of its...
A black and white portrait of Wim Crouwel seated in a study. He looks dignified. He gazes into the near distance. He is wearing a suit with no tie. He has sweeping white hair.
Remembering Wim Crouwel (1928–2019)
TRIBUTE Author: Ellen Lupton, Senior curator of contemporary Design  Wim Crouwel (Dutch, 1928–2019) was a giant figure in the history of graphic design. This tall, elegant man produced an astonishing body of work that is at once functional and experimental, objective and personal. His contribution has special importance for museums. A pioneer of graphic identity,...
A photograph of industrial designer Charles Harrison, winner of the 2008 National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement. Harrison wears a suit and tie and is seated next to white round table on which there is a copy of a biography of the designer.
Remembering Charles Harrison (1931-2018)
Cooper Hewitt remembers industrial designer and educator Charles Harrison, winner of the 2008 National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement, who passed away on November 29 at the age of 87. A prolific designer, Harrison created hundreds of pleasing, easy-to-use household products during his 32-year career with the retail giant Sears, Roebuck and Company. According to...
black and white photo of a young woman holding a 1980's-looking handheld camcorder.
Remembering Red Burns (1925-2013)
Cooper-Hewitt mourns the loss of Red Burns, who was a pioneering force in shaping the interactive media world as a designer and educator. The museum was proud to honor Red with the Design Patron award last year, in recognition of her outstanding support and patronage within the design community. Burns was an arts professor and...
Bill Moggridge 1943-2012
A tribute to esteemed museum director Bill Moggridge, who passed away on September 8, 2012 following a battle with cancer. Hear about his pioneering work and influence in the field of design from Tim Brown and David Kelley of IDEO, Bernie Roth of Stanford University and Caroline Baumann and Cara McCarty of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design...
Eva Zeisel’s Playful Search for Beauty
Eva Zeisel was 105 years old when she died on December 30, 2011. She was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1906 and entered the Hungarian Royal Academy of Fine Arts as a painter in 1923, but soon decided that she wanted to become a “maker of useful things.” She apprenticed herself to a pottery master...