Seeing the Renewed Cooper Hewitt

Despite a Nor’easter delivering wind-driven cold rain to New York, the city’s architecture, art, and design press gathered en masse to get a first glimpse of the renovated Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum during a press preview this morning. It was an exciting moment for the museum and its director, Caroline Baumann, after an extensive three-year renovation. Read more about it and see images of the interiors here.

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A number of press, designers, and invited guests were gathered this morning in the Cooper Hewitt in New York to hear director Caroline Baumann describe the extensive museum renovation. Photo by John Czarnecki.

Gluckman Mayner Architects designed the interior renovation of the museum’s Carnegie mansion, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP served as the executive architects, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed a number of elements, including the retail store and exhibition casework as well as the initial configuration of the movable cases for the first- and second-floor galleries.

In the initial view of the renewed museum, the open spaces of the mansion’s interior allow for visitors to freely view the design objects, and the added touch of interactive touch-screen tables show how technology can be placed in a museum seamlessly as a regular part of the exhibition space without appearing to be an afterthought.

The museum will open to the public this Friday, December 12.

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During the press opening, visitors checked out the interactive media touch-screen tables designed by Local Projects. Photo by John Czarnecki.

 

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One of the objects exhibited in the renovated museum is the textile Prayer Wall designed by Sheila Hicks. To make Prayer Wall, Hicks stitched lengths of white linen thread through a backing to form tassels, allowing the loose strands to be unkempt rather than precisely controlled. Photo by John Czarnecki.

 

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Installation view of “Making Design.” Interactive touch-screen tables were designed by Local Projects. Photo by Matt Flynn © 2014 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

 

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Installation view of “Tools: Extending Our Reach.” Photo by Matt Flynn © 2014 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

 

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Installation view of “Making Design.” Photo by Matt Flynn © 2014 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

 

 

 

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