National Design Awards Cities: Detroit
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum hosts this lively conversation among winners and jurors of the 2021 National Design Awards, which recognize innovation and impact and the power of design to change the world. The discussion looks at contemporary challenges and opportunities in design, including equity and climate change, as well as the role of collaboration...
A Forest for the Home
Henry and Eleanor Kluck, the design duo known as Elenhank, drew inspiration for Forest from the northern Indiana landscape surrounding their home. When the fabric panels were hung as curtains or wall coverings, the pattern would repeat across large expanses to envelope a space as if it was a woodland glade. This is a continuation...
Patchwork Panel by Fillìa
Fillìa was the adopted name of Italian Futurist artist Luigi Colombo (1904–1936). Fillìa’s association with the Futurists began with the second generation that rose to prominence during the 1920s. This next wave of artists gave the movement a much needed infusion of avant garde spirit after the death or defection of several Futurist founders. Their...
Wood carving of the Virgin, seated at left, with child on her knee. One of the Magi kneels before the child. Behind them, three figures stand on the right.
When Scents were as Precious as Gold and Wood carving told the Tale: The Adoration of the Magi
“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11). This sculpture, probably a product of the Rhine valley in Flanders, portrays the...
2012 National Design Awards Winners’ Panel
2012 National Design Award winners share their inspiration and drive as designers in a panel discussion moderated by Richard Saul Wurman (Lifetime Achievement). Panelists: Janine Benyus (Design Mind) Thom Browne (Fashion Design) Rebeca Méndez (Communication Design) Scott Wilson (Product Design)  
The 21st-century Design Library
A conversation about libraries in the 21st century. This event was held in Cooper-Hewitt's newly renovated National Design Library. Features Gary E. Strong, University Librarian, UCLA, and Stephen H. Van Dyk, Head of the Art Division, Smithsonian Libraries. Moderated by Nancy E. Gwinn, Director, Smithsonian Libraries.
Graphic Design- The Final Hours
During the final weekend of the exhibition "Graphic Design—Now In Production" on Governors Island, come talk with some of the field's leading practitioners about life, death, and visual communications. Hear about how new and old media are changing how designers work; commiserate on the loss of some of the world's greatest logotypes; and celebrate the...
Indie Publishing: Books, Magazines and Monsters
Meet editors, designers, and authors of independent books and magazines. Learn about the ups and downs of print and media in the new millennium.
Bill’s Design Talks: Graphic Design—Now in Production
Find out how designers today are rethinking the aesthetics, process, and public of graphic design by creating their own software and systems. Join Cooper-Hewitt's Curatorial Director, Cara McCarty, Walker Art Center Curator, Andrew Blauvelt, and interaction designer, Dimitri Nieuwenhuizen, in a lively discussion. Dimitri is a member of Lust, the innovative Dutch design collective that...