Sandra Hansel, DWR’s regional director of sales, gave out a great holiday gift this year: membership to the Cooper Hewitt Museum. A gaggle of DWR folk met a few weeks back to check out Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006, which is running through July 29th. According to the Cooper Hewitt "the third Triennial brings together the experimental designs and emerging ideas—including animation, new media, and fashion, robotics, architecture, product, medical and graphic design—at the center of American culture from 2003 to 2006."
Included were many of my favorites. Kid Robot displayed past collections of toys, complete with a giant Dunny that museum visitors could color with chalk. DWR fave Emeco was featured, showcasing their handcrafted chair as sculpture. Thom Browne, who is reinventing men’s fashion one nerdy suit at a time, was the fashion highlight. Another DWR vendor, Humanscale, was spotlighted for Niels Diffrient’s Liberty Chair. Other notable inclusions: Herman Miller, Make Magazine, Rem Koolhaas and Tobias Wong.
If in NYC please check the exhibit out. They’ve even got a blog!