The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, is set to host its eighth annual National Design Week, Oct. 12-20, and 14th annual National Design Awards gala, Oct. 17, celebrating the important role that design plays in all aspects of daily life.
“Launched in 2006, National Design Week makes great design widely accessible and visible through a wide range of events and programs for people of all ages,” said Caroline Baumann, director of the museum. “It’s truly thrilling to see design celebrated across the nation.”
The 2013 National Design Award recipients are as follows:
Lifetime Achievement: James Wines
Interior Design: Aidlin Darling Design
Design Mind: Michael Sorkin
Corporate & Institutional Achievement: TED
Architecture Design: Studio Gang Architects
Communication Design: Paula Scher
Fashion Design: Behnaz Sarafpour
Interaction Design: Local Projects
Landscape Architecture: Margie Ruddick
Product Design: NewDealDesign
Design Patron: Janette Sadik-Khan
National Design Week programs include:
Target Design Kids: Todd Oldham Studio Family Workshop, Saturday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 19, 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Cooper-Hewitt Design Center (111 Central Park North, New York). Kids ages 5 to 12 are invited to create modern design pieces from everyday and recycled materials with Todd Oldham and crew. Advance registration required.
Drop-in on Design: Family Programs, Monday, Oct. 14–Friday, Oct. 18, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Cooper-Hewitt Design Center. “Drop-in on Design” allows families to explore design through fun hands-on activities led by Cooper Hewitt’s design educators. Advance registration required.
NYC Teen Design Fair, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 4:00 p.m. Parsons The New School for Design, David M. Schwartz Fashion Education Center (560 Seventh Avenue, New York). New York City high school students are invited to learn about careers in design. Design colleges from around the country will also be on hand to provide admissions and scholarship information. Advance registration required.
National Design Awards Winners’ Panel, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7–8:30 p.m. Parsons The New School for Design, David M. Schwartz Fashion Education Center (560 Seventh Avenue, New York). National Design Award winners participate in a panel discussion about the state of contemporary design in America. Advance registration required. This program will also be webcast live.
Target Design Kids: Design Tales Tuesday, Oct. 15, and Thursday, Oct. 17, 10:00–11:00 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cooper-Hewitt Design Center (111 Central Park North, New York). Preschoolers ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to participate in interactive reading sessions that focus on design-based books. Advance registration required.
Harlem Focus | Fabric Printing: Creating Fashionable Impressions, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m. Cooper-Hewitt Design Center. Fabric print designer N'Ketiah Brakohiapa is a native of Ghana, now residing in New York. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, he currently teaches at the Institute and has produced fabric designs for an array of commercial and private clients. N’Ketiah will speak about his process and how his move to Harlem has influenced his work.
Cooper-Hewitt will also promote design events hosted by organizations and institutions across the country and globally through a clickable online map available here.