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BEAUTY: Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial

now on view through August 21, 2016


(above) Vlisco Install Installation view of "Beauty - Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum


(left) Beauty Cover, Beauty - Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial. Publication date: February 2016. Designed by Kimberly Varella, Content Object. Distributed North America: Artbook | D.A.P. Worldwide: Thames & Hudson, UK. ISBN: 978-1-942303-11-4


(right) Vlisco Square Vlisco (Helmond, The Netherlands, founded 1846), design by Francesca Franceschi; Textile, 5246/RW/3 Java, from the Think collection, 2015; Cotton, rotation and java resist printed on plain weave; (47 1/4 in. × 36 in.). Featured in book; alternate print will appear in exhibition. Copyright:© Vlisco Netherlands B.V.

(clockwise from top left) Hemmerle Earrings, (Munich, Germany, founded 1893) 2013; Copper, white gold, sapphires, spinels, rubellite, tourmaline.

Installation view of "Beauty." Giambattista Valli Skirt and top from Fall / Winter 2014 -15 Couture collection, 2014; Tulle degradé, silk taffeta. Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of "Beauty." Clothing from British designer Gareth Pugh's Autumn/Winter 2015 collection. Outfits are made of leather, wool, plastic straws and more and featured in the Transgressive theme.

Laduma Ngxokolo (South African, b. 1986) for MaXhosa (Port Elizabeth, South Africa, founded 2011); S’cangci III, Jacquard medium-weight knit sleeveless cardigan, from Buyel’mbo collection, 2014; Merino wool, kid mohair. © Simon Deiner / SDR Photo

MaXhosa Installation view of "Beauty - Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial. Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

NYC. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum presents “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial,” - the fifth installment of the museum’s popular contemporary design exhibition series. With projects ranging from experimental prototypes and interactive games to fashion ensembles and architectural interventions, “Beauty” features work by 63 designers, filling most of two floors of the museum with more than 250 works from around the globe.

“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,” said 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.” Organized by Assistant Curator Andrea Lipps and Senior Curator of Contemporary Design Ellen Lupton, the exhibition explores beauty through seven lenses: extravagant, intricate, ethereal, transgressive, emergent, elemental and transformative.

The Triennial series looks at new developments in design as they surface in studios, fairs, shops, galleries and media around the world. In organizing “Beauty,” the museum engaged a panel of international curatorial advisors from Brazil, England, Japan, South Africa, Finland, United States and the Netherlands. The exhibition is designed by Tsao & McKown Architects.

A 276-page book with 274 images, designed by Kimberly Varella of Content Object Design Studio, is published by Cooper Hewitt and distributed by Artbook | DAP (Distributed Art Publishers), $50.00.





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