by , 09/13/07

design for the 90%, cooper-hewitt museum, sustainable design, socially responsible

Calling all New Yorkers!

Our favorite exhibition of the summer is coming to a close next week. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and you haven’t seen the Design for the Other 90% Exhibit yet, get thee to the Cooper-Hewitt as soon as you can. This inspiring exhibit closes next Sunday, on September 23rd!

Design for the 90% features work by innovative designers and artists that have the aim of creating affordable and socially responsible objects for those in need. The exhibition features five main areas of interest: water, health, energy, education and shelter. As Dr. PaulPolak mentioned in an interview with the New York Times, “A billion customers in the world,are waiting for a $2 pair of eyeglasses, a $10 solar lantern and a $100 house.”

One of the featured inventions on the show is the Pot-in-Pot cooling system by Mohammed Bah Abba. The system, which essentially consists of one pot inside another with a layer of sand and water in between them, cools down the vegetables inside the pots. The life of an eggplant, for instance, gets extended from 3 days to about 28, extending the life of the vegetable and allowing people better access to better food for longer periods of time.

For those of you who cannot go to New York to the exhibition, the website provides a lot of information about the designers on the show, and it’s well worth a look.

+ Design for the other 90%
+ Design that solves the world’s problems @ NYT

+ Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

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  1. dug September 16, 2007 at 9:51 am

    thanks for the warning jackie and richie. sounds like the book will be a better investment.

  2. Richie September 15, 2007 at 11:29 am

    I agree Jackie. I had the same experience. I bought the book.

  3. jackie September 14, 2007 at 10:29 am

    I went to see this exhibit, and I have to say I was quite disappointed. The exhibition was really small and consisted mainly of poster boards describing the objects… on the other hand, the book for the exhibition which is on sale in the Cooper Hewitt store, is excellent.

  4. Heather Sargent September 14, 2007 at 8:23 am

    Wow! Great! I love the information in the “Design for the Other 90%”…Makes my creative wheels turn in a way I hadn’t really considered before! Very cool!

  5. Heather Sargent September 14, 2007 at 8:12 am

    I have been receiving the Inhabitat Newsletter for over a year now and have thoroughly enjoyed opening each one to see what you all have found! It’s like Treasure Hunting! I Love It!
    Thank you and keep up the good work!

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