The Cooper-Hewitt has just announced the winners of their eighth annual National Design Awards. Meant to promote innovation, they manage to find the best and the brightest across a wide range of design disciplines – you can see the esteemed list of winners here. In particular, we’d like to extend congratulations to Maharam. A fourth generation, family-run textile company, they were honored as a Design Patron. (What is a Design Patron, you ask? It recognizes outstanding support and patronage within the design community.) And we would have to agree. This year, DWR and Maharam have partnered to offer an expanded assortment of innovative upholstery options for some of our most popular sofa collections. Looking to learn more about design? Cooper-Hewitt’s a great place to start. The Awards are accompanied each year by a variety of public education programs, including lectures, roundtable discussions and workshops. Plus, they’re planning a National Design Week in October. Spend some time on their website, there’s so much there.