Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006

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Yesterday I went to the Design Life Now, National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum on 91st and 5th.

According to the website,

Design Life Now features the work of 87 designers and firms who are leaders, innovators, or emerging figures in the world of design. They are practicing across numerous creative fields, including architecture, products, landscapes, interiors, graphics, film, animation, interactive media, fashion, robotics, and more.

To tell the truth, there was so much stuff I had a hard time absorbing it all, and don’t feel qualified to give a review except to say it was fun and you should definitely check it out, if just to get out of the cold for a couple of hours.

What I remember most are the cool handmade, haute couture dresses from Ralph Rucci, the very life-like – and kinda creepy – robot of Albert Einstein from Hanson Robotics, and the stupid fucking hipster girl who kept getting in my way at every goddamned display. WARNING: if you attend the exhibit, it will most likely be overrun by art/design school hipsters. There’s also a nice little cafĂ© if you need to warm up or refuel.

It was sort of odd to see products from the likes of Nike and Apple mixed among the more arty work, not that there’s not any art to advertising, though when I look at Nike, I tend to think “sweatshop” before “art.”

The exhibit runs through July 29.

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