Cooper Hewitt Announces National Design Awards

Smithsonian Design Museum Honors the Late Michael Graves, IDSA

May 6 2015 - 11:54am

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has announced the latest winners of its National Design Awards, recognizing excellence, innovation and enhancement of the quality of life by design.

The awards were launched in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council, the annual awards program celebrating design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeking to increase national awareness of the impact of design through education initiatives. This year’s National Design Awards Gala is set for Oct. 15, 2015 at Cooper Hewitt in New York City.

The winners are:

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENTMichael Graves is the IDSA member and iconic industrial designer and architect who passed away in March of this year at the age of 80. Cooper Hewitt credits Graves with "raising public interest in good design as essential to the quality of everyday life."

DIRECTOR’S AWARD—Jack Lenor Larsen is a “renowned textile designer, author and collector, and one of the world’s foremost advocates of traditional and contemporary crafts.”

PRODUCT DESIGN—Stephen Burks has dedicated his work to building a bridge among “authentic craft traditions, industrial manufacturing and contemporary design.” With his New York–based studio, Stephen Burks Man Made, he produces innovative products, furniture, lighting and exhibitions for a range of international clients.

DESIGN MIND—Rosanne Haggerty “has worked to demonstrate the potential of design to improve the lives of people living in poverty through affordable housing and human services.”

CORPORATE & INSTITUTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT—Heath Ceramics is “known for handmade ceramic tableware and architectural tile that embody creativity and craftsmanship.”

ARCHITECTURE DESIGN—MOS Architects was founded by principals Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith who teach at Columbia University and Princeton University, respectively. “Their academic research occurs in parallel to the real-world constraints and contingencies of practice, informing and elevating both.”

COMMUNICATION DESIGN—Project Projects, launched by Prem Krishnamurthy and Adam Michaels, is a graphic design studio in New York, New York focusing on art, architecture and culture.

FASHION DESIGN—threeASFOUR is a New York City brand with international roots; its founders are from Lebanon, Tajikistan and Israel.

INTERACTION DESIGN—John Underkoffler is an user-interface designer and computer scientist who co-founded Oblong Industries.

INTERIOR DESIGN—Commune is a Los Angeles–based design studio “with a reputation for working holistically across the fields of architecture, interior design, graphic design, product design and brand management.”

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE—Coen + Partners is a Minneapolis-based practice known for collaboration, experimentation and questioning.

Free educational programs are offered in conjunction with the National Design Awards during National Design Week, marked from Oct. 10-18, 2015.