Cooper-Hewitt Announces National Design Award Winners

The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has named winners of the 2014 National Design Awards, which recognize outstanding, lasting achievement in American design. Honorees will receive their awards at a gala in New York City on October 9.

Lifetime Achievement: Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar
Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar, founding partners of brand design firm Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv, have been creating iconic and recognizable logos since 1958. Pioneers in the principles of idea-driven graphic design across multiple disciplines, the pair specializes in brand identities, exhibitions, print and motion graphics, and art in architecture. They have created memorable identities for clients such as Chase Manhattan Bank, Mobil Oil, Showtime, PBS, and National Geographic. Chermayeff and Geismar have received the AIGA Gold Medal, the Yale Arts Medal, and the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame honor.

Architecture Design: Brooks + Scarpa
Angela Brooks and Lawrence Scarpa, partners in the architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa, are leaders in sustainable and socially progressive design. They have earned recognition for their clever use of building materials and integrating notions of tactility and spatial experience — all delivered in a creative aesthetic package. The duo's work covers residential, commercial, and urban development. Among their noteworthy projects are Colorado Court, the first affordable housing project in the country to be LEED Gold certified; a transit plaza in Seattle; and the international headquarters of MGA Entertainment.

Interior Design: Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors
When Hollywood set designers Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch launched Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors in 1998, they started by designing celebrity homes. Since then, their work has extended to places such as the Ace and Standard Hotels, along with the Viceroy, in New York; the Dutch and Lafayette with chef Andrew Carmellini; and Miami's Freehand Hotel. Standefer and Alesch also have developed a product line with Waterworks and Lalique. Most recently, they have designed a restaurant for Facebook, as well as the news room and set for Huffington Post Live.

Design Mind: Witold Rybczynski
Witold Rybczynski has written 18 books and several hundred essays and reviews on architecture, urbanism, and design. An emeritus professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and recipient of the 2007 Vincent Scully Prize, Rybczynski has been an architecture critic for Saturday Night, Wigwag, and Slate. His work also has appeared in the Atlantic, the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, and the New York Times. His notable books include A Clearing in the Distance, Home: A Short History of an Idea, Makeshift Metropolis, and How Architecture Works: A Humanist's Toolkit.

Corporate & Institutional Achievement: Etsy
The online marketplace Etsy supports more than 1 million shops, which sold $1.35 billion of merchandise in 2013. Etsy's business model allows sellers to keep 96.5 percent of every item sold.

Communication Design: Office
Jason Schulte and Jill Robertson lead Office, a studio that develops strategies and designs experiences to make things better. The company's client roster includes Google, Disney, Coca-Cola, and Target.

Fashion Design: Narciso Rodriguez
For two decades, Narciso Rodriguez has designed women's ready-to-wear collections boasting both simplicity and elegance. He has received three CFDA Awards and Pratt Institute's Fashion Icon Award.

Interaction Design: Aaron Koblin
Whether he is commissioning 10,000 people to draw a sheep or creating data-driven music videos, Aaron Koblin is innovating new interfaces in crowdsourcing and data visualization.

Landscape Architecture: Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture
Sustainability, familiarity, intimacy, and strong attention to detail define the projects designed by Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture. The firm also is recognized for emphasizing the experiential and material quality of the built landscape.

Product Design: LUNAR
Design and engineering firm LUNAR, helmed by Jeff Smith and Gerard Furbershaw, creates products that span the consumer, technology, and life science markets. They are responsible for the Oral-B CrossAction toothbrush, HP computers, and genetic sequencers for Illumina.

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