Gallery: The Best of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial

Matt Flynn, © Smithsonian Institution The Prosperity portion of the exhibit deals with people creating new ways to sustain themselves in the 21st century. One of those is the Viet Village Urban Farm in New Orleans, where a group of people got together after Hurricane Katrina to build an urban farm after their personal gardens were destroyed.

The Cooper-Hewitt is the United State’s national design museum — it’s also the only museum in the nation exclusively commited to historic and contemporary design. They focus their exhibits on how design affects our everyday lives, and the Design Triennial is a perfect example of the kind of work that they show. Right now on display they’ve got everything from solar-powered media walls to the simplest of home furniture, the most intricate of fabrics, and innovative objects to assist the disabled.

The exhibit is split into eight categories — energy, mobility, community, materials, prosperity, health, communication and simplicity — and showcases everything from giant solar heat towers to simple dishes and cookware. Some Inhabitat favorites were included — like the XOXO laptop — as well as some new ideas that we’re totally into — like the car parts incubator. If you live in New York and are looking to be inspired by design, you’ve got to head to the exhibit — it’s well worth your while.

+ Cooper-Hewitt

+ National Design Triennial: Why Design Now?”

Lead photo by Matt Flynn, © Smithsonian Institution


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  1. Inner West LIVE July 6, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Book project update #8…

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