Celebrating Design Through Mind, Body and Senses

Cooper Hewitt Launches Latest Design Triennial Exhibition

The latest installment of “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial” kicks off Feb. 12, 2016 at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. The fifth installment of the museum’s popular, contemporary design exhibition series will be open through Aug. 21, with more 250 projects by 63 international designers, covering everything from experimental prototypes to interactive games and fashion ensembles to architectural interventions.

“Featuring recent work from the most outstanding voices in the global design scene, ‘Beauty’ will expand the discourse around the transformative power of aesthetic innovation,” says Caroline Baumann, director of the museum. “The exhibition will celebrate design as a creative endeavor that engages the mind, body and senses with works of astonishing form and surprising function.”

The exhibition explores beauty through seven lenses: extravagant, intricate, ethereal, transgressive, emergent, elemental and transformative. This spring and summer, a series of public programs will inspire dialogue about design and beauty. Planned events include Magical Materialism, Beauty + Biology and Graphics + Interaction. 

This exhibition is made possible by generous support from Edward and Helen Hintz, and Madeleine Rudin Johnson with additional funding by Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee; August Heckscher Exhibition Fund; Margery and Edgar Masinter; May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.; Ehrenkranz Fund; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Rockwell Group; Esme Usdan Exhibition Endowment Fund; and the Consulate General of Finland. Cooper Hewitt is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design.