The All-New Cooper Hewitt Reopens Today

By jacqui


In the Can Hardly Wait category, we’re excited to get on up to the Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum, which reopens today after its three-year renovation, a transformation that extends well beyond the building itself, the Andrew Carnegie Mansion. Rethinking the institution on all levels, the project engaged a talented group of New York architectural, design and interaction firms—from Gluckman Mayner Architects and Beyer Blinder Belle (expansion and refurbishment), to Diller Scofidio + Renfro (new shop and display cases), Pentagram (rebranding and wayfinding), and Local Projects (the Immersion Room, pictured). It’s an excellent time to become a member and check out the museum’s new spaces, including the Immersion Room, a high-tech showcase of the Cooper Hewitt’s collection of wallcoverings, and the interactive Process Lab, where visitors can brainstorm design solutions. Its opening exhibitions include:

Tools: Extending Our Reach – a full-floor exhibition includes objects from Cooper Hewitt and nine other Smithsonian collections, spanning 1.85 million years of tool use and design.

Beautiful Users – installed in Cooper Hewitt’s gracious first-floor Design Process Galleries, this show addresses the paradigmatic shift toward designs based on observations of human anatomy and behavior.

Happy exploring!

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st St (between 5th & Madison Aves)


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