Finding Beauty at Cooper Hewitt Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York will present “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial,” the fifth installment of the museum’s contemporary design exhibition series. The exhibition opens February 12 and is on view through August 21, 2016.

“Beauty” will fill most of two floors of the museum and will feature work by 63 designers, ranging from experimental prototypes to fashion ensembles to architectural interventions. The exhibition will explore beauty through seven lenses: extravagant, intricate, ethereal, transgressive, emergent, elemental and transformative.

“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.”

The following images are examples of work that will be on display:

Michael Anastassiades (Cypriot, active in United Kingdom, b. 1967), Mobile Chandelier 9, 2015; Black patinated brass, mouthblown opaline sphere; 145.5 x 110.3 cm (57 9⁄32 x 4327⁄64 in.) COPYRIGHT:Cooper Hewitt

Michael Anastassiades (Cypriot, active in United Kingdom, b. 1967), Mobile Chandelier 9, 2015; Black patinated brass, mouthblown opaline sphere; 145.5 x 110.3 cm (57 9⁄32 x 4327⁄64 in.)
COPYRIGHT:Cooper Hewitt

 

Max Lamb (British, b. 1980); 30 Triangles stool, from Pewter series, 2014; Pewter poured into molded sand; 40 × 55 × 50 cm (15 3/4 × 21 5/8 × 19 11/16 in.) COPYRIGHT:Courtesy of Max Lamb and Almine Rech Gallery, photo by Rebecca Fanuele

Max Lamb (British, b. 1980); 30 Triangles stool, from Pewter series, 2014; Pewter poured into molded sand; 40 × 55 × 50 cm (15 3/4 × 21 5/8 × 19 11/16 in.)
COPYRIGHT:Courtesy of Max Lamb and Almine Rech Gallery, photo by Rebecca Fanuele

 

Neri Oxman (Israeli-American, active in USA, b. 1976) and MIT Mediated Matter Group in collaboration with Stratasys and Deskriptiv; Rendered by Deskriptiv: Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb; Produced by Stratasys. Rendering, back view of Otaared, from Wanderers collection, 2014 COPYRIGHT:© Neri Oxman

Neri Oxman (Israeli-American, active in USA, b. 1976) and MIT Mediated Matter Group in collaboration with Stratasys and Deskriptiv; Rendered by Deskriptiv: Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb; Produced by Stratasys. Rendering, back view of Otaared, from Wanderers collection, 2014
COPYRIGHT:© Neri Oxman

 

SO-IL (Brooklyn, New York, USA, founded 2008): Florian Idenburg (Dutch, b. 1975), Jing Liu (Chinese, b. 1980), and Ilias Papageorgiou (Greek, b. 1980), with project team Kevin Lamyuktseung and Ted Baab; Rendering of Amant private arts gallery, New York, USA, expected 2017 COPYRIGHT:Image courtesy of SO-IL

SO-IL (Brooklyn, New York, USA, founded 2008): Florian Idenburg (Dutch, b. 1975), Jing Liu (Chinese, b. 1980), and Ilias Papageorgiou (Greek, b. 1980), with project team Kevin Lamyuktseung and Ted Baab; Rendering of Amant private arts gallery, New York, USA, expected 2017
COPYRIGHT:Image courtesy of SO-IL

 

Sou Fujimoto Architects (Tokyo, Japan, founded 2000): Sou Fujimoto (Japanese, b. 1971); Rendering, Souk Mirage / Particles of Light commercial building complex, concept master plan, 2013 COPYRIGHT:© Sou Fujimoto Architects

Sou Fujimoto Architects (Tokyo, Japan, founded 2000): Sou Fujimoto (Japanese, b. 1971); Rendering, Souk Mirage / Particles of Light commercial building complex, concept master plan, 2013
COPYRIGHT:© Sou Fujimoto Architects

 

Studio Job (Antwerp, Belgium, and Amsterdam, Netherlands, founded 2000): Job Smeets (Belgian, b. 1970) and Nynke Tynagel (Dutch, b. 1977) for NLXL (The Hague, Netherlands, founded 2010); Wallpaper designs, from Archives collection, 2014 COPYRIGHT:© Studio Job for NLXL

Studio Job (Antwerp, Belgium, and Amsterdam, Netherlands, founded 2000): Job Smeets (Belgian, b. 1970) and Nynke Tynagel (Dutch, b. 1977) for NLXL (The Hague, Netherlands, founded 2010); Wallpaper designs, from Archives collection, 2014
COPYRIGHT:© Studio Job for NLXL

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