Treasures of New York

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Cooper Hewitt

Treasures of New York: Cooper Hewitt takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the stunning transformation of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, America’s only museum dedicated entirely to historic and contemporary design, and examines the new, high tech upgrades that will engage visitors to the museum like never before.

AIRED: June 23, 2015 | 0:27:59
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>>> IT'S THE NATION'S FIRST AN

ONLY MUSEUM DEDICATED ENTIRELY

TO DESIGN AND IT'S HOUSED IN A

CENTURY OLD MANSION.

>> WE'VE REALLY BROKEN DOWN TH

WALL OF A TRADITIONAL MUSEUM

>> A MUSEUM THAT WENT THROUGH

STUNNING MILLION DOLLA

TRANSFORMATION

>> THIS IS THE MOST MAJO

RENOVATION THAT'S OCCURRED HER

FOR HALF A CENTURY

>> TODAY, IT'S AN INTERACTIV

LABORATORY WITH 21st CENTURY

TECHNOLOGY THAT TURNS YOU INTO A

DESIGNER

>> WE REALLY WANT PEOPLE TO COME

TO THE MUSEUM AND FEEL THEY'RE

DOING SOMETHING.

>> COMING UP ON TREASURES OF NEW

YORK, WE TAKE YOU INSIDE THE NEW

COOPER HEWITT SMITHSONIA

DESIGN MUSEUM AND EXPLORE TH

COLLECTION OF OBJECTS.

GO BEHIND THE SCENES AND SEE HOW

THE WORLD'S LEADING ARCHITECTS

DESIGNED AMERICA'S DESIG

MUSEUM

FUNDING HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY THE

LEMBERG FOUNDATION

ALEXANDER AND PAUL HERZAN.

ENID AND LESTER MORSE.

JUDY FRANCIS ZANKEL.

NANCY AND EDGAR MASINTER

>> DESIGN AND CREATION I

EVERYTHING AROUND YOU.

>> DESIGN IS EVERYWHERE.

>> DESIGN IS IN EVERYTHING YOU

DO

>> DESIGN IS QUITE SPIRITUAL

IT ENABLES YOU TO DO IN

DAY-TO-DAY BASIS

>> IT'S ALL FROM CUP, SAUCERS,

TO CITY STREETS.

TO SEE AND LOOK AHEAD.

AND APPEAR FROM NOWHERE.

IT'S A CHILLY MORNING IN

DECEMBER OF 2014 AND A LARGE

CROWD HAS GATHEREDED OUTSIDE THE

FRONT DOOR OF TWO EAST 91s

STREET

THE FORMER HOME OF

INDUSTRIALISTS ANDREW CARNEGIE

OFFICIAL REOPENING OF ONE OF THE

MOST CELEBRATED INSTITUTIONS O

MUSEUM MILE.

AFTER BEING CLOSED FOR OVE

THREE YEARS FOR AN EXTENSIVE $91

MILLION RENOVATION, THE COOPER

HUITT IS READY

FOR CAROLINE BOWMAN, THIS DAY IS

PARTICULARLY EXCITING.

IT FEELS GREAT AFTER A THREE

YEARS OF CONSTRUCTION.

TO NOT BE WEARING A HARD HAT AND

TO ACTUALLY HAVE HUMAN BEINGS IN

THE MUSEUM AND FOR ANY MUSEU

DIRECTOR OR STAFF PEB, IT'

GREAT TO BE WELCOMING THE PUBLIC

AGAIN.

>> THE COOPER HEWITT IS TH

NATION'S ONLY MUSEUM DEDICATED

TO SHOWCAING BOTH HISTORIC AND

CONTEMPORARY DESIGN.

WITH OTHER 200,000 OBJECTS, TH

COLLECTION REPRESENTING 30

CENTURIES OF HUMAN ARTISTRY,

INGENUITY AND INNOVATION

>> THE COLLECTION IS UNLIKE AN

IN NEW YORK CITY

IT'S REALLY A WONDERFU

REFERENCE TO HELP PEOPLE THINK

ABOUT DESIGN

>> FOR OVER 100 YEARS, THEY HAVE

CELEBRATEDED DESIGN IN EVERY

FORM

FROM DECORATIVE ARTS, HOUSEHOL

PROJECTS, TEXTILES, CAL WALL

COVERINGS.

DRAWINGS

GRAPHIC DESIGN AND SO MUCH MORE.

IT'S ALL ON DES PLAY INSIDE TH

ANDREW CARNEGIE MANSION.

THE TREASURED LANDMARK THAT IS

NOW A WORLD CLASS MUSEUM

>> IT'S A GREAT BREF LEDGE FOR

US

>> AND WITH THE COMPLETION O

THE MASSIVE RENOVATION IN 2014

THE COOPER HUITT HAS BEE

UTTERLY TRANSFORMED.

>> AS WE DOVE INTO THIS GAR TANT

YAN RENOVATION PROJECT, YES, W

WERE RENEWING AND RESTORING TH

MANSION, BUT WE WERE ALSO SAYING

TO OURSELVES, HOW CAN WE RESHAPE

THE MUSEUM EXPERIENCE?

EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT DESIGN LIKE

NEVER BEFORE

>> THEY'RE THINKING WAS BIG AN

RADICAL.

>> THE CRAZIEST DESIGN WAS THI

SINGULAR CONCEPT OF A PEN THAT

EVERY VISITOR WOULD GET A PE

THAT WOULD ENCOURAGE THEM TO

LITERALLY DRAW ON THE WALL AND

CREATE DESIGN IN ORDER T

UNDERSTAND DESIGN FROM THE

INSIDE OUT

>> IN ALL, THE COOPER HUIT

COLLABORATED WITH OVER A DOZEN

ELITE DESIGN FIRMS, EACH TASKE

WITH REIMAGINING VARIOUS FACET

OF THE MUSEUM'S IDENTITY

FROM ARK TECH CHURL PRESERVATION

TO BUILDING CUSTOM TECHNOLOGIES,

TO A MODERN GRAPHIC LOOK, IT ALL

SERVED TO FORTIFY THE MUSEUM'S

GREATER MISSION.

>> IT HAS SO MUCH TO DO WITH

THIS THEME OF ACCESSIBILITY AN

NOT BEING THIS MUSEUM WITH

CLOSED DOORS AND WINDOWS THA

SAYS COME IN, ENJOY OUR GEMS

ENJOY THE OBJECTS, BUT THEN GO

BACK AND MAKE IT A MEMORY.

OUR COLLECTION IS YOUR

COLLECTION

OUR TYPE FACE IS YOUR TYPE FACE.

OUR MANSION IS IS YOUR MANSION

>> TO TRANSFORM INTO A 21s

CENTURY DESIGN MUSEUM, THE FIRST

STEP WAS TO RESTORE AND RENOVATE

ITS HISTORIC LANDMARK BUILDING

COMPLETED IN 1902, THIS BRIC

HOME WAS BUILT FOR ANDREW KARN

JI AND HAZE FAMILY

IT FEATURED BEAUTIFULL

DECORATED WOOD PANELLED ROOMS.

WITH ELABORATELY CARVED MOLDINGS

AND CEILINGS

AND A GRAND STAIRCASE.

BY AN ORNATE CHANDELIER AND YET,

THE HOME STOOD OUT FROM THOS

STOOD OUT BY CARNEGIE'S WEALTH

PEERS.

>> THIS WAS BUILT WHEN MANY OF

THE MANSIONS OF NEW YORK WER

BEING BUILT ON 5th AVENUE.

IT'S ONE OF THE FIRST STEE

BUILDINGS.

BY THE TIME IT WAS DONE AT A

MINOR COST COMPARED TO OTHERS IN

THE AREA, IT REALLY TRANSFORME

THIS WHOLE NEIGHBORHOOD.

>> THE FAMILY LIVED IN THE

MANSION FOR NEARLY HALF

CENTURY, THEN IN THE 1950s, IT

HOUSED COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK.

IN 1972, THE MANSION WAS DONATED

TO THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

TO HOUSE ITS FIRST EVER MUSEUM

OUTSIDE OF WASHINGTON.

AND WHILE THE MANSION PROVIDED A

GRAND AND PROMINENT SETTING FO

COLLECTION, THE HOME'S LAYOU

PROVED DIFFICULT WHEN ADAPTE

FOR A MUSEUM VIEW.

>> WE REALLY NEEDED TO BREAK

DOWN SOME OF THOSE WALLS AND

ALLOW FOR A MORE FLEXIBLE SPACE.

AND MORE EFFICIENT SPACE

>> THIS REQUIRED THE EXPERTISE

OF TWO HIGHLY SPECIALIZED FIRMS.

BROUGHT IN TO REIMAGINE TH

HOME'S INTERIOR, BUT AT THE SAME

TIME, PRESERVE ITS HISTORI

CHARACTER.

PARTS OF THE BUILDING WERE

GUTTED, DOWN TO THE STEEL BEAMS.

IN OTHER AREAS, THE WOOD FLOOR

WERE REMOVED AND THE

INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADED.

ORIGINAL DECORATIVE FEATURES

WERE RESTORED AND CLEANED BY

HAND

WATCHING THIS TRANSFORMATION

UNFOLD REQUIRED A LEAP OF FAITH.

>> SEEING THE CEILINGS COME DOWN

WAS NEVER A NEGATIVE

IT WAS ALWAYS TITILLATIN

BECAUSE I NEW WE WERE FINALL

MODERNIZING AN MAKING US INT

THE DESIGN MUSEUM WE NEEDED TO

BE

>> TO MAXIMIZE THE EXHIBITIO

SPACE, THE ARCHITECTS MOVED TH

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OUT O

THE MANSION AND INTO ADJOINING

TOWNHOUSES AND THE MUSEUM'

LIBRARY, WHICH HAD OCCUPIED TH

THIRD FLOOR, WU ALSO RELOCATED

FREEING UP AN ADDITIONAL 6,000

SQUARE FEET FOR A GRAND NE

GALLERY.

ULTIMATELY, THE MUSEUM'S OVERALL

SPACE INCREASED BY 60%

THAT'S HUGE.

THAT GUARANTEES THAT WE HAVE A

MUCH LARGER SPACE FOR SPECIA

EXHIBITIONS.

AND A THAT WE CAN SHOW THE

RICHES OF THE COLLECTION

>> THE RENOVATION ALSO TACKLES

THE CHALLENGE OF BRINGING LARG

OBJECTS IN

>> PEOPLE CAN'T BELIEVE THAT W

DIDN'T HAVE A FREIGHT ELEVATOR

IN 2009, WE HAD A SHOW IN TH

CAR AND WHEN WE DID THAT SHOW,

WE ACTUALLY ROLLED THE CAR UP

RAMP

UP TO EAST 91st STREET

BUT THAT IS IS REALLY A VERY

VERY CLEAR EXAMPLE OF WHY WE

NEEDED TO TRANSFORM OUR WAYS AND

UPDATE THE ENTIRE FACILITY

>> A NEWLY ADDED FREIGHT

ELEVATOR IMPROVED OPERATION, BUT

CLASHED WITH THE MANSION'S

HISTORIC DESIGN.

>> YOU SAW A LARGE ELEVATO

DOOR

WE FELT IT WAS ABSOLUTEL

UNACCEPTABLE, SO WE RECREATED AN

HISTORIC WALL AND THE ELEVATOR

IS IN A VESTIBULE BEHIND THA

WALL

>> IT'S AN ELEGANT SOLUTION.

FOR THE WALL IS ACTUALLY A 2,000

POUND DOOR WAY THAT PIVOTS OPEN,

ALLOWING FROM FASTER TURNOVE

>> THE CHANGES IN HOW WE'R

GOING TO OPERATE ARE BEGINNING

TO UNFOLD.

FROM ONE EXHIBITION TO THE NEXT.

THIS IS GOING TO BE A DIFFEREN

KIND OF A MUSEUM

>> A KIND OF MUSEUM ITS FOUNDERS

COULD NEVER HAVE IMAGINED.

>> IT TRACES BACK TO THE

INDUSTRIALIST AN

PHILANTHROPIST, PETER COOPER

FOUNDER OF THE COOPER UNIO

COLLEGE BACK IN THE 1950s.

>> IS PETER COOPER HAD THI

DESIRE TO HAVE A MUSEU

ASSOCIATED WITH THE SCHOOL AND

WANLTED TO HAVE THE STUDENTS

HAVE A PLACE TO COME AND OBSERVE

FIRSTHAND THESE OBJECTS.

>> BUT IT WAS TWO OF COOPER'

GRANDDAUGHTERS, WHO ULTIMATELY

REALIZED HIS VISION.

ESTABLISHING THE COOPER UNIO

MUSEUM FOR THE ARTS OF

DECORATION ON THE SCHOOL'S

CAMPUS IN THE EAST VILLAGE I

THE LATE 1890s

THE SISTERS TRAVELED THE WORLD

COLLECTING TEXTILES AND OBJECT

AND BROUGHT THEM BACK FOR STUDY.

>> STUDENTS COULD TOUCH TH

OBJECTS.

THEY COULD MEASURE THEM.

THEY COULD SKETCH THEM

IT SERVED AS A POINT O

INSPIRATION FOR THEM IN THEI

STUDIES.

>> BY THE 1960s, THE SCHOOL IS

STRUGGLED TO FUND THE MUSEUM AND

THEY PLAPED TO SHUTTER IT.

>> SO, THEY WANTED TO BASICALL

DISSOLVE THE MUSEUM AND TH

COLLECTION AND THERE WAS THI

WHOLE OUTCRY

YOU CAN'T DO THIS.

YOU HAVE TO KEEP THE COLLECTIO

TOGETHER

SO, THERE WAS COMMITTEE.

>> THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

RECOGNIZED THE I GUESS CANNE

AND ACQUIRED IT, RELOCATING IT

UPTOWN

>> BECAUSE IT IS SO ICONIC, IT

REALLY ALLOWS US TO SHOWCASE THE

30 CENTURIES THAT ARE INCLUDED

IN THE RICH COLLECTION BECAUSE

OF THE DOMESTIC INTERIOR

>> AND WITH THE INTERIOR ADAPTED

TO MEETS THES OF THE MUSEUM, THE

NEXT STEP REQUIRED -- WORL

RENOWNED ARCHITECT WERE TASKED

WITH THE CENTURY OLD HOUSE

>> EVERYTHING THAT HAD TO BE

USED, TO BE INDEPENDENT, GOING

ON BETWEEN THE MEANS THAT WE HAD

WANTING TO HANG THINGS O

SUPPORT THINGS

NORMALLY DURING A MUSEUM AND THE

MUSEUM WALL.

HERE, IT COULDN'T HAPPEN

>> A TEAM OF CRAFTS MEN FROM

ITALY WAS BROUGHT IN T

FABRICATE AND INSTALL THES

CUSTOM MADE DISPLAY CASE

THROUGHOUT THE GALLERIES

SOME FEATURE INTERCHANGEABLE

SHEFLING

AND OTHERS ARE HINGED.

OR HAVE LIDS THAT ARE RAISED B

HYDRAULIC LIFTS.

ENABLING THE MUSEUM TO DISPLAY

MORE OF THE COLLECTION

>> WE CAN EMPTY THE CASES, SHO

LARGE MODELS

FASHION MANNEQUINS OR INSERT

WALL SYSTEMS

SHELVING SYSTEMS

WE CAN HANG TEXTILES OR PAPER.

WE CAN SHOW SMALL DOMESTIC

WEARS.

WE CAN SHOW BICYCLES

BECAUSE IT'S MAXIMUM

FLEXIBILITY.

>> THE STAFF TO BEGIN TO PREPARE

OBJECTS.

>> UNPACK K THEM FROM LARG

CRATES

DEVISING MOUNTS FOR DELICATE

ITEMS.

POSITIONING AN IRON RADIATOR

INTO A DISPLAY CASE AND HANGIN

A CONTEMPORARY CERAMIC LIGHT

FIXTURE, A SCULPTURE THAT LOOK

LIKE AN EXPLOSION OF SOMEONE'S

CHINA CABINET.

HALF DOZEN SPECIALISTS SPENT

HOURS CAREFULLY RAISING IT INT

THE AIR.

THE TRANSFORMATION WENT BEYOND

WHAT MIGHT BE EXPECTED

GL I SOMETIMES THINK ABOUT IT AS

A BALL GOING DOWN A HILL THA

KEPT GETTING BIGGER AND BIGGER

BECAUSE WE DID ADD AS TH

RENOVATION WENT ON

>> PART OF THAT WAS TO REDESIG

THE MUSEUM'S BRANDING.

INTERNATIONAL GRAPHIC DESIGN

FIRM PENTAGRAM WAS BROUGHT ON TO

COME UP WITH A NEW LOOK.

>> IT REALLY NEEDS TO STAND OU

TO BE APPRECIATED AND ALSO TO BE

AN IDENTIFIER FOR WHATEVER

INSTITUTION OR CORPORATION

WHAT WE PROPOSED IS JUST

REVAMPING THE WHOLE STRUCTURE.

>> DESIGNERS DEVELOPED A NEW

LOGO

AS WELL AS NEW SIGNAGE

THROUGHOUT THE MUSEUM.

A NEW TYPE FACE WAS CREATE

WHICH SERVED AS THE FOCAL POIN

FOR THE ENTIRE REDESIGN.

>> IT'S REALLY ABOUT A HOW THE

MARK LIVED THROUGH THE TIME.

THAT'S THE INTERESTING THING

ANYTIME YOU SEE THAT TYPE FACE

YOU KNOW IT'S COOPER HUITT

IT HAS ARRIVED

USE IT

NEED IT.

ENGAGE WITH IT

INTERACT WITH IT

>> INTERACTING WITH VISITORS WAS

THE ULTIMATE GOAL.

>> WE REALLY WANT PEOPLE TO COME

AND FEEL THEY'RE DOING

SOMETHING.

THEY'RE GOING TO THE MUSEUM IS

NOT JUST A PASSIVE ACTIVITY OF

READING AND LOOKING AND BEIN

TOLD FACTS

WE WANT PEOPLE TO SEE IT AS AN

ACTIVE PLACE

>> ONE OF THE THINGS THE MUSEU

IS IS TRYING TO DO IS TRYING T

MAKE EVERYONE A DESIGNER O

SHOWING HOW THEY CAN BECOME

DESIGNER

AND THAT'S WHEN WE CAME UP WIT

ALL OF THESE INTERACTIVE

SOLUTIONS.

WHERE OTHERS HAVE RELIED O

SMART PHONE APPS, THEY WANTED TO

ENGAGE VIEWERS IN A RADICALL

DIFFERENT WAY.

>> THAT'S EXACTLY THE REASON NOT

ON THE PHONE

WE DON'T WANT PEOPLE ON THEI

PHONE.

WE WANT THEM TALKING TO THEI

KIDS, THEIR GRANDPARENTS, THEI

DATE, AND HAVING A GOOD TIME

>> COOPER HUITT WORKED WITH SOME

OF THE WORLD'S LEADING MEDIA AND

DESIGN STUDIOS TO CREATE CUTTING

EDGE TECHNOLOGIES TO ACTIVAT

AND ENLIGHTEN A VISITOR IN WAY

NEVER BEFORE IMAGINED.

THE FIRMS INCLUDED -- AND LOCA

PROKTS, WHO ALSO DESIGNE

INTERACTIVE MEDIUM FOR THE

CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART AND TH

9/11 MEMORIAL MUSEUM

>> WE WERE IN DISCUSSIONS ABOU

HOW CAN ONE USE THIS TECHNOLOG

TO MAKE YOU REALLY LOOK AT THE

OBJECT RATHER THAN LOOK AT THE

SCREEN

HELP YOU SEE THE OBJECT AN

UNDERSTAND THE OBJECT.

>> AND SO, WE WANTED TO TAKE A

CHANCE AND CREATE THIS NEW

OBJECT

THIS PEN

THAT WOULD BE A POINT OF

CONVERSATION AND A POINT O

CREATIVITY FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL

>> THIS FUTURISTIC PEN IS

GLOBAL FIRST

A BRAND-NEW INVENTION THAT

LITERALLY PLACES THE POWER O

DESIGN INTO THE HANDS OF THE

USER

>> THE PEN IS A GREAT WAY TO

BLEND THE PHYSICAL AND DIGITAL

OF THE MUSEUM.

IT ALLOWS PEOPLE TO INTERACT

WITH WHAT'S HAPPENING AROUND

THEM

>> THE PEN WAS DEVELOPED B

SEVERAL DESIGN FIRMS INCLUDING

LOCAL PROJECTS AND GENERAL

ELECTRICS DESIGN COUNCIL

>> SO WHEN A VISITOR COMES, THEY

GET ASSIGNED A PEN AND ARE ABL

TO CREATE THEIR OWN EXPERIENCE

DIG INTO EXHIBITS, SAVE IT T

THEIR PERSONAL MUSEUM CLOULD, IF

YOU WILL, THEIR OWN LITTLE

PERSONAL MUSEUM AND BE ABLE TO

RECREATE THE MUSEUM EXPERIENCE

FOR LATER.

>> THE SLEEK ELECTRONIC PEN CA

CAPTURE INFORMATION ABOUT AN

ITEM IN THE MUSEUM AND SEND IT

TO THE VISITOR'S UNIQUE ONLINE

ACCOUNT.

>> THAT'S THE KEY.

THE PEN IS GOING TO GATHER

INFORMATION AND SAY I LIKE THI

OBJECT AND THAT PIECE OF DESIG

REALLY INSPIRES ME AND YOU CAN

USE IT TO DRAW YOUR OWN OBJECT

BASED ON WHAT YOU'RE INSPIRE

BY

>> VISITORS USE THEIR PENS T

DRAW ON HIGH RESOLUTION TOUC

SCREEN TABLES THROUGHOUT THE

MUSEUM

AT THE SAME TIME, ARE A PORTAL

INTO THE VAST COLLECTION

>> PEOPLE CAN OLS COME UP AN

JUST CHOOSE THE THINGS THA

STRIKES THEM AS CURIOUS LIKE

THIS GOLD THING I'M PULLING OU

OF THE RIVER

BECAUSE OF THE RESOLUTION, W

GET A LOT OF THE DETAIL THAT

USUALLY AT THIS SCALE, WOULD B

LOST

>> THE OTHER THING YOU CAN DO IS

IS JUMP TO AN OBJECT YOU HAV

DESIGNED

>> CHANNELLING THEIR SINNE

DESIGNER, VIS TORS USE THEIR

PENS TO DRAW THEIR OWN CHAIR

LAMPS AND BUILDINGS AND SAVE

THEIR CREATIONS AS ELECTRONI

SOUVENIRS.

>> THE PEN ALLOWS YOU TO BE WITH

OTHER PEOPLE IN THE MUSEUM, BU

HAVE THEIR OWN CUSTOMIZE

EXPERIENCE AND THEN TAKE IT HOME

WITH YOU AND I THINK THERE'S

SOMETHING VERY WONDERFUL ABOUT

THAT

>> ANOTHER STRIKING INTERACTIV

EXPERIENCE AT THE MUSEUM IS TH

NEW EMERSION ROOM.

WHERE DIGITAL PROJECTION I

BRINGING NEW LIFE TO THE

MUSEUM'S IMMENSE COLLECTION OF

WALL COVERINGS

>> IT HAS THIS INCREDIBLE WORL

CLASS WALLPAPER COLLECTION, BU

THEY ONLY SHOW A LITTLE SQUARE

AT A TIME.

FOR THE FIRST TIME, YOU CAN BE

IN THE ROOM AND SEE A FULL

INSULATION OF WALLPAPER.

>> OR DESIGN YOUR OWN.

>> I'M SUDDENLY PRESENTED WITH

THE ABILITY TO DRAW ON THE WALLS

IN REAL TIME

AND THEN CHANGE HOW THAT LOOKS

>> THESE TECHNOLOGIES NOT ONLY

HEIGHTEN MUSEUM EXPERIENCE, BU

AIM TO EXPOSE VISITORS TO TH

PROCESS OF DESIGNING

>> WE WANT PEOPLE TO LOOK, W

WANT PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND FORM

LINES, COLOR

HOW SOMETHING WAS MADE

HOW SOMETHING WAS THOUGHT OF

HOW SOMETHING WAS MANUFACTURED

REALLY UNDERSTAND THAT WHOLE

DESIGN PROCESS

>> THAT INCLUDES DESIGNS YOU

MIGHT SEE EVERY DAY.

>> WE SPEND A LOT OF TIM

TALKING ABOUT WHAT MAKES DESIG

DIFFERENT FROM ART

WHAT IS IT THAT'S UNIQUE ABOUT

THE DESIGN PRACTICE?

AND WHAT ARE THE DEFINING THINGS

IS IT THAT DESIGN ALWAYS HAS A

USER

IT'S ALWAYS BEING MADE TO BE

IMPLEMENTED BY SOMEBODY.

TO SIT IN IT, DRIVE IT, PUT YOUR

GROCERIES IN IT.

THAT'S A REALLY IMPORTANT PART

OF THIS DESIGN

>> AND WITH THE ADDITION OF MORE

GALLERY SPACE, THE MUSEUM IS

ABLE TO DISPLAY MORE OF IT

TREASURES.

>> THIS IS ONE OF THE REALLY

SPECIAL JUXTAPOSITIONS I FIN

AND THIS MARVELOUS CABINET MAD

OF PORCELAIN IN FRANCE IN ABOU

1825, THESE PANELS, THES

EXTRAORDINARILY DETAILED PANEL

ARE ALL MADE OF PORCELAIN IN THE

EARLY 19th CENTURY

THAT WAS A FEAT.

AND HANGING ABOVE IT IS THIS

CONTEMPORARY CHANDELIER.

AS YOU LOOK CLOSELY, YOU SEE

SHATTERED PORCELAIN AS IF YO

OPENED UP YOUR KITCHEN CABINET

AND EVERYTHING TUMBLED OUT O

IT

BUT TO MAKE A CHANDELIER OUT O

IT IS NOT SOMETHING MOST WOULD

THINK ABOUT.

THE REASON WE DID THIS IS WE

WANTED TO TALK ABOUT INNOVATIONS

IN THE WAY WE USE MATERIALS OF

PORCELAIN.

>> THE COOPER HUITT ALSO

WELCOMES GUESTS ARTISTS AND FO

ITS GRAND OPENING, INVITEDD

NYRA

>> I SPENT A LOT OF TIME WALKING

AND AND FALLING IN LOVE WITH

OBJECT

WHEN I FALL IN LOVE WITH

SOMETHING, IT BECOMES PART OF MY

WORK

I THINK THAT PEOPLE WILL COM

AWAY THINKING ABOUT WHAT THE

HAVE AROUND THEM, WHETHER THEY

THINK THE BEAUTIFUL, WHAT DO

THEY WANT TO GET RID OF?

SEE THE BOOK, WINNIE THE POOH,

OH, I HAD THAT WHEN I WAS 7.

SO, I KNOW THERE ARE GOING TO BE

A LOT OF STORIES AND MEMORIES.

>> WHILE SHE EXPLORED HOW DESIGN

CAN BE SENT MENTAL, A SHOWCASE

OF THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION O

DESIGN

THE NEW GALLERY, THEY TEAMED U

WITH 11 OTHER SMITHSONIA

MUSEUMS FOR AN INAUGURAL

EXHIBITION ON TOOLS.

>> HOW TOOLS EXTEND OU

CAPABILITIES TO DO THINGS THAT

THEY NEVER WOULD HAVE BEEN ABL

TO DO WITHOUT THEM

THE OBJECTS ON DISPLAY SPANNED

NEARLY 2 MILLION YEARS FROM

STONE CHOPPER TO TUNING FORKS.

TO A SPACE SATELLITE

>> WE HAD EVERYTHING FROM PATTON

MODELS TO A SKETCH BOTT.

>> THIS IS ACTUALLY A ROBOT THAT

TAKES A PICTURE OF YOUR FACE AND

THEN WILL SKETCH IT INTO THE

SAND

IT'S A WAY TO UNDERSTAND THE

IMPORTANCE OF ROW POTTIC SYSTEMS

AND SOFTWARE AND HOW THAT IS A

ESSENTIAL TOOL IN THE 21st

CENTURY.

>> FOR A A DESIGN MUSEUM

COLLECTING AND SHOWCASIN

EVERYTHING, FROM ANCIENT

TEXTILES TO SOFTWARE CODES

REENFORCES THE IDEA THAT OUR

LIVES ARE SURROUNDED EVE

DRIVEN, BUT TIME

>> PEOPLE WHO GO THERE NOT JUS

TO UNDERSTAND OH, WELL, THIS I

DESIGN FOR DESIGN SAKE, BUT TO

UNDERSTAND HOW DESIGN REALLY

CHANGES OUR SOCIETY AND IS IS AN

INCREDIBLE TOOL FOR INNOVATION

AND MAKING A MUSEUM THAT'S GOING

TO ALLOW PEOPLE MAKE THEIR OWN

DESIGN AND SHARE OUT THEIR

VISION MAKES A BIGGER STATEMEN

ABOUT WHERE DESIGN IS.

>> AND IN REDESIGNING ITSELF

IT'S NOW READY TO EXPLORE AN

EXPERIENCE AS NEVER BEFORE

>> PEOPLE ARE SO HAPPY THAT IT'S

BACK THAT AMERICA'S DESIGN

MUSEUM IS BACK AND THEY CAN COME

OFTEN THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND BE

INSPIRED

THAT FEELS REALLY, REALLY GOOD

>> FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM HA

BEEN PROVIDED BY THE LIMB BERG

FOUNDATION

ALEXANDRIA AND PAUL.

ENID AND LESTER MORRIS

JUDY FRANCIS

KATHLEEN ALIAR

NANCY AND MARCHRY AND EDGA

MACENTER

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