Last week Editor in Chief John Czarnecki attended the ceremony and dinner for the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s 2014 National Design Awards at Pier Sixty in New York. Launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council, the annual National Design Awards celebrate design in various disciplines as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world. First Lady Michelle Obama serves as the honorary patron of the 2014 National Design Awards.
Guests in attendance included Cindy Sherman, Anna Sui, Maria Cornejo, Clodagh, John Maeda, Robert Longo, and Celerie Kemble. The gala decor was by David Stark Design & Production and was inspired by the energy and transformation of the new Cooper Hewitt, including a number of 3-D printed objects.
2014 National Design Awards winners are:
Lifetime Achievement: Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar (presented by Milton Glaser)
Design Mind: Witold Rybczynski (presented by Kurt Andersen)
Corporate and Institutional Achievement: Etsy (presented by Scott Stowell)
Architecture Design: Brooks + Scarpa (presented by Tom Kundig)
Communication Design: Office (presented by Robert Wong)
Fashion Design: Narciso Rodriguez (presented by Cindy Sherman and Robert Longo)
Interaction Design: Aaron Koblin (presented by Maria Popova)
Interior Design: Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors (presented by Ben Stiller via video)
Landscape Architecture: Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture (Walter Hood)
Product Design: LUNAR (presented by Gadi Amit)
People’s Design Award: Spire (presented by Bruce Mao)