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Cooper Hewitt Celebrates The 15th Annual National Design Awards

Monday, October 13, 2014
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Last Thursday evening, Cooper Hewitt held its 15th annual National Design Awards at Pier Sixty in New York City. Conceived by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the awards honor lasting achievement in American design. Last year the gala raised over $1.2 million for the museum, with over 650 people in attendance at the event.

The National Design Awards program includes ten jury-selected categories, a Design Patron Award selected by the museum, and a People’s Design Award selected by the public. These include: Lifetime Achievement, Design Mind, Design Patron, Corporate & Institutional Achievement, Architecture Design, Communication Design, Fashion Design, Interaction Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Product Design, and the People’s Design Award.

Cooper Hewitt’s 2014 National Design Award winners are Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar for the Lifetime Achievement Award, Wintold Rybczynski for Design Mind, Etsy for Corporate & Institutional Achievement, Brooks & Scarpa for Architecture Design, Office for Communication Design, Narciso Rodriguez for Fashion Design, Aaron Koblin for Interaction Design, Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors for Interior Design, Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture for Landscape Architecture, and Lunar for Product Design.

Presenters included Milton Glaser, Kurt Andersen, Ben Stiller (via video), Scott Stowell, and Walter Hood. During the evening, guests like Anna Sui, Cindy ShermanMaria Cornejo, Clodagh, John Maeda, Robert Longo, and Celerie Kemble dined at tables decorated with 3-D printed Carnegie mansions, before watching an excerpt from Locomotor (2014) by members of Stephen Petronio Company, who wore costumes designed by Narciso Rodriguez.


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