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Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Announces Winners of the 15th Annual National Design Awards

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NEW YORK, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will celebrate outstanding achievement in American design this fall with its 15th annual National Design Awards program. Today, Cooper-Hewitt director Caroline Baumann announced the winners of the 2014 National Design Awards, which recognize excellence and innovation across a variety of disciplines. The award recipients will be honored at a gala dinner Thursday, Oct. 9, at Pier Sixty in New York.

First launched at the White House in 2000 as a project of the White House Millennium Council, the National Design Awards were established to promote design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world. The awards are accompanied each year by a variety of public education programs, including special events, panel discussions and workshops. First Lady Michelle Obama serves as the Honorary Patron for this year's National Design Awards.

"As we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the program, I am delighted to welcome this new class of extraordinary designers, each of whom represent the very best in their discipline and demonstrate design's power to affect the quality of our life, community, economy and environment," said Baumann.

A jury of design leaders and educators from across the country, convened by the museum, reviewed submissions resulting from nominations submitted by the general public. Winners are selected based on the level of excellence, innovation and public impact of their body of work.

The 2014 National Design Award recipients are:

Lifetime Achievement: Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar

Design Mind: Witold Rybczynski

Corporate & Institutional Achievement: Etsy

Architecture Design: Brooks + Scarpa

Communication Design: Office

Fashion Design: Narciso Rodriguez

Interaction Design: Aaron Koblin

Interior Design: Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors

Landscape Architecture: Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture

Product Design: LUNAR

National Design Week is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship of Target.

National Design Awards are supported in part by Design Within Reach. National Design Award trophies are created by The Corning Museum of Glass. ndagallery.cooperhewitt.org is powered by Behance. Media sponsorship is provided by Smithsonian magazine.

About Cooper-Hewitt
As the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design, Cooper-Hewitt educates, inspires and empowers people through design. The museum is undergoing a transformative renovation resulting in 60 percent more gallery space and will open in late 2014 with an entirely new visitor experience. Visit www.cooperhewitt.org.

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