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June 18, 2010

On Thursday, the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum announced the winners of its 11th annual National Design Awards. The program honors individuals and organizations across a variety of creative platforms, which this year included Lifetime Achievement, Design Mind, Corporate and Institutional Achievement, Architecture Deisgn, Communication Design, Fashion Design, Interaction Design, Interior Design, Landscape Design, and Product Design. We were excited to see some of our favorites—KierenTimberlake, Aidlin Darling Design, Andrea Cochran, Frog Design—among the winners and finalists and congratulate all the honorees, who will be feted on October 14 in New York. 

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The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Jane Thompson. An editor, designer, and planner, Thompson's CV includes being the founding editor of <i>I.D. Magazine</i> as well as founder of the <a href="http://www.tdginc.net/">Thompson Design Group</a> and
The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Jane Thompson. An editor, designer, and planner, Thompson's CV includes being the founding editor of I.D. Magazine as well as founder of the Thompson Design Group and work on urban-revitalization projects such as Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, Union Station in D.C., Navy Pier in Chicago, and the Buffalo Bayou in Houston. Photo by David Dunlap.
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Jane and Benjamin Thompson collaborated to create Design Research (the Cambridge, Massachusetts, store is shown here) to bring modern design to the masses, one of the first shops in the U.S. to do so. Photo by Esto.
Jane and Benjamin Thompson collaborated to create Design Research (the Cambridge, Massachusetts, store is shown here) to bring modern design to the masses, one of the first shops in the U.S. to do so. Photo by Esto.
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Ralph Caplan was honored with the Design Mind Award, which recognizes "visionary individuals or firms that have affected a shift in design thinking or practice through writing, research, and scholarship." Photo by Judith Ramquist.
Ralph Caplan was honored with the Design Mind Award, which recognizes "visionary individuals or firms that have affected a shift in design thinking or practice through writing, research, and scholarship." Photo by Judith Ramquist.
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Among Caplan's works were <i>By Design: Why There Are No Locks on the Bathroom Doors int he Hotel Louis XIV and Other Object Lessons</i> and <i>Cracking the Whip: Essays on Design and Its Side Effects</i>. Caplan was also a former editor of <i>I.D. Magazi
Among Caplan's works were By Design: Why There Are No Locks on the Bathroom Doors int he Hotel Louis XIV and Other Object Lessons and Cracking the Whip: Essays on Design and Its Side Effects. Caplan was also a former editor of I.D. Magazine. Photo by Lee Iley.
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The <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/">U.S. Green Building Council</a>, which created the LEED program, was given the Corporate and Institutional Achievement Award. Shown here is the Gish Apartments in San Jose, California, a LEED Gold-certified project desi
The U.S. Green Building Council, which created the LEED program, was given the Corporate and Institutional Achievement Award. Shown here is the Gish Apartments in San Jose, California, a LEED Gold-certified project designed by OJK Architecture and Planning. Photo by Andre Bernard Photography.
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<a href="http://www.designthatmatters.org/">Design that Matters</a> was one of two finalists for the Corporate and Institutional Achievement Award. The non-profit organization focuses on designs that help those in need in developing countries with product
Design that Matters was one of two finalists for the Corporate and Institutional Achievement Award. The non-profit organization focuses on designs that help those in need in developing countries with products such as the Neonurture car-parts incubator, shown here. Photo by Design that Matters.
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<a href="http://www.oxo.com/">OXO</a> was the other finalist for the Corporate and Institutional Achievement Award. The company creates products based on ergonomic design principles that achieve the goal of <a href="http://www.dwell.com/articles/an-introd
OXO was the other finalist for the Corporate and Institutional Achievement Award. The company creates products based on ergonomic design principles that achieve the goal of universal design: to be accommodating and useful to everyone's needs, not just those of the disabled. Pictured here is the company's Angled Measuring Cup. Photo by Dan Wilby Photography.
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The Architecture Design Award, which recognizes "work in commercial, public, or residential architecture, was given to Philadelphia-based firm <a href="http://kierantimberlake.com/home/index.html">KieranTimberlake</a>, founded by Stephen Kieran and James
The Architecture Design Award, which recognizes "work in commercial, public, or residential architecture, was given to Philadelphia-based firm KieranTimberlake, founded by Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake in 1984. Pictured here is the Loblolly House on Taylors Island, Maryland. Photo by Peter Aaron/Esto.
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One of the two finalists of the Architecture Design Award was Texas-based firm <a href="http://www.lakeflato.com/">Lake|Flato Architects</a>, founded by David Lake and Ted Flato. Shown here is the group's Government Canyon State Natural Area in Helotes, T
One of the two finalists of the Architecture Design Award was Texas-based firm Lake|Flato Architects, founded by David Lake and Ted Flato. Shown here is the group's Government Canyon State Natural Area in Helotes, Texas. Photo by Chris Cooper Photographer.
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The second finalist for the Architecture Design Award was North-Carolina non-profit organization <a href="http://www.designcorps.org/">Design Corps</a>, founded by Bryan Bell. Pictured here is a design for housing for North Carolina blueberry pickers. Ren
The second finalist for the Architecture Design Award was North-Carolina non-profit organization Design Corps, founded by Bryan Bell. Pictured here is a design for housing for North Carolina blueberry pickers. Rendering by James Sweeney.
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Stephen Doyle was honored with the Communication Design Award, which is given for excellence in graphic or multimedia design. Dolye is the creative director at <a href="http://www.doylepartners.com/">Doyle Partners</a> and has a client list that includes
Stephen Doyle was honored with the Communication Design Award, which is given for excellence in graphic or multimedia design. Dolye is the creative director at Doyle Partners and has a client list that includes the New York Times, AIGA, Vanity Fair, Alfred A. Knopf, Barnes & Noble and others. Photo by Doyle Partners.
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<i>Machiavelli: The Discourses</i> was a project constructed by Doyle Partners in 2007 that lead to several similar commissions. Photo by Doyle Partners.
Machiavelli: The Discourses was a project constructed by Doyle Partners in 2007 that lead to several similar commissions. Photo by Doyle Partners.
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John Jay, global executive creative director and partner of <a href="http://www.wk.com/">Wieden+Kennedy</a> advertising agency was named a finalist for the Communication Design Award. Photo by Ben Clark.
John Jay, global executive creative director and partner of Wieden+Kennedy advertising agency was named a finalist for the Communication Design Award. Photo by Ben Clark.
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Pictured here, album covers created by John Jay's advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy. Art by Mahro, Solobongnu-sensei.
Pictured here, album covers created by John Jay's advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy. Art by Mahro, Solobongnu-sensei.
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The other finalist for the Communication Design Award was <a href="http://www.mairakalman.com/">Maira Kalman</a>, a designer, author, and artist best known for her illustrations for the cover of the <i>New Yorker</i>. Photo by Rick Meyerowitz.
The other finalist for the Communication Design Award was Maira Kalman, a designer, author, and artist best known for her illustrations for the cover of the New Yorker. Photo by Rick Meyerowitz.
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Kalman's illustrations have graced many a <i>New Yorker</i> cover. Here, a piece called <i>New Yorkistan</i>, published in 2001. Photo by Maira Kalman.
Kalman's illustrations have graced many a New Yorker cover. Here, a piece called New Yorkistan, published in 2001. Photo by Maira Kalman.
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The National Design Awards also offer a Fashion Design Award. This year's winner was <a href="http://www.rodarte.net/">Rodarte</a>, a Pasadena, California-based deisgn house founded by Kate and Laura Mulleavy in 2005. Photo by Dan Lecca.
The National Design Awards also offer a Fashion Design Award. This year's winner was Rodarte, a Pasadena, California-based deisgn house founded by Kate and Laura Mulleavy in 2005. Photo by Dan Lecca.
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<a href="http://www.behnazsarafpour.com/">Behnaz Sarafpour</a> was one of two finalists for the Fashion Design Award. Pictured here is Sarafpour's Gold Knotted Ribbon Necklace. Photo by Saks Fifth Avenue.
Behnaz Sarafpour was one of two finalists for the Fashion Design Award. Pictured here is Sarafpour's Gold Knotted Ribbon Necklace. Photo by Saks Fifth Avenue.
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The other finalist for the Fashion Design Award was <a href="http://www.proenzaschouler.com/shop/">Proenza Schouler</a>, a design house comprising Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough. Shown here is a runway look from their spring/summer 2010 collection.
The other finalist for the Fashion Design Award was Proenza Schouler, a design house comprising Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough. Shown here is a runway look from their spring/summer 2010 collection. Photo by Proenza Schouler.
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This year's winner of the Interaction Design Award, which recognizes "exceptional work using digital technology" was given to Lisa Strausfeld, a partner at <a href="http://www.pentagram.com/">Pentagram</a>. Photo by Christian Witkins.
This year's winner of the Interaction Design Award, which recognizes "exceptional work using digital technology" was given to Lisa Strausfeld, a partner at Pentagram. Photo by Christian Witkins.
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Strausfeld's work includes website design and large-scale media instillations as well as software, such as the Sugar user interface for One Laptop per Child. Photo by One Laptop per Child.
Strausfeld's work includes website design and large-scale media instillations as well as software, such as the Sugar user interface for One Laptop per Child. Photo by One Laptop per Child.
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One of the finalists for the Interaction Design Award was Potion, a New York-based design and technology firm. Shown here is the group's 2009 <i>Voices of Liberty</i> instillation at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. Photo by Phillip Tiongson/Pti
One of the finalists for the Interaction Design Award was Potion, a New York-based design and technology firm. Shown here is the group's 2009 Voices of Liberty instillation at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. Photo by Phillip Tiongson/Ption.
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The other Interaction Design finalist was Local Projects. Pictured here is the JetBlue Story Booth created in collaboration with MESH Architecture. Photo by Frank Oudeman.
The other Interaction Design finalist was Local Projects. Pictured here is the JetBlue Story Booth created in collaboration with MESH Architecture. Photo by Frank Oudeman.
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In the Interior Design Award category, William Sofield took the top prize. Since he founded <a href="http://www.studiosofield.com/">Studio Sofield</a> in 1996, he has worked on landscape, residential, retail, corporate, office, hospitality, and furniture
In the Interior Design Award category, William Sofield took the top prize. Since he founded Studio Sofield in 1996, he has worked on landscape, residential, retail, corporate, office, hospitality, and furniture designs. Photo by Don Freeman.
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Among Sofield's work is this private residence in Colorado, completed in 2007. Photo by Don Freeman.
Among Sofield's work is this private residence in Colorado, completed in 2007. Photo by Don Freeman.
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Clive Wilkinson of <a href="http://www.clivewilkinson.com/">Clive Wilkinson Architects</a>, a Southern California-based firm, was one of the two Interior Design Award finalists. Photo by Greg Endries.
Clive Wilkinson of Clive Wilkinson Architects, a Southern California-based firm, was one of the two Interior Design Award finalists. Photo by Greg Endries.
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In 2009, Wilkinson completed the One Shelley Street offices project in Sydney, Australia, for the Macquarie Group. Photo by Shannon McGrath.
In 2009, Wilkinson completed the One Shelley Street offices project in Sydney, Australia, for the Macquarie Group. Photo by Shannon McGrath.
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The other finalists for the Interior Design Award were David Darling and Joshua Aidlin of San Francisco-based group <a href="http://www.aidlindarlingdesign.com/">Aidlin Darling Designs</a>. Photo by Marcus Hanschen.
The other finalists for the Interior Design Award were David Darling and Joshua Aidlin of San Francisco-based group Aidlin Darling Designs. Photo by Marcus Hanschen.
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Pictured here is the Losa Loft in San Francisco, created by Aidlin Darling Design in 2006. Photo by Matthew Milman.
Pictured here is the Losa Loft in San Francisco, created by Aidlin Darling Design in 2006. Photo by Matthew Milman.
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The Landscape Design aAward, which recognizes "work in urban planning or park and garden design," went to <a href="http://www.fieldoperations.net/">James Corner Field Operations</a>. The New York City-based landscape architecture and urban design firm was
The Landscape Design aAward, which recognizes "work in urban planning or park and garden design," went to James Corner Field Operations. The New York City-based landscape architecture and urban design firm was founded in 1998 by James Corner (pictured here) in 1998. Photo by James Corner Field Operations.
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In addition to collaboration on the High Line (shown here), Corner has worked on projects in Las Vegas, Staten Island, Philadelphia, Memphis, and more. Photo by Iwan Baan.
In addition to collaboration on the High Line (shown here), Corner has worked on projects in Las Vegas, Staten Island, Philadelphia, Memphis, and more. Photo by Iwan Baan.
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Andrea Cochran, founder of <a href="http://www.acochran.com/">Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture</a>, was honored as one of the Landscape Design Award finalists. Photo by John Valls.
Andrea Cochran, founder of Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, was honored as one of the Landscape Design Award finalists. Photo by John Valls.
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This Hayes Valley roof garden in San Francisco was designed by Cochran in 2002. Photo by Marion Brenner.
This Hayes Valley roof garden in San Francisco was designed by Cochran in 2002. Photo by Marion Brenner.
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The other finalist for the Landscape Design Award was <a href="http://www.stoss.net/">Stoss Landscape Urbanism</a>, based in Boston. Shown here is the Safe Zone topographies design created in Quebec, Canada. Photo by Franois Leblanc.
The other finalist for the Landscape Design Award was Stoss Landscape Urbanism, based in Boston. Shown here is the Safe Zone topographies design created in Quebec, Canada. Photo by Franois Leblanc.
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The winner of the Product Design Award was <a href="http://www.smartdesignworldwide.com">Smart Design</a>, founded in 1980 by Davin Stowell and Tom Dair. The firm has worked on the Ford Fushion Hybrid, New York City taxi graphics, and OXO Good Grips (for
The winner of the Product Design Award was Smart Design, founded in 1980 by Davin Stowell and Tom Dair. The firm has worked on the Ford Fushion Hybrid, New York City taxi graphics, and OXO Good Grips (for products such as the Good Grips Indoor Pour and Store watering can, shown here), to name a few. Photo by Smart Design.
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<a href="http://www.dcontinuum.com/content/">Continuum</a>, a design consultancy firm that works with companies such as Reebok and Procter and Gamble, was named one of the Product Design Award finalists. Pictured here is the Nala Recovery Chair for Herman
Continuum, a design consultancy firm that works with companies such as Reebok and Procter and Gamble, was named one of the Product Design Award finalists. Pictured here is the Nala Recovery Chair for Herman Miller by Continuum. Photo by Herman Miller.
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The other finalist for the Product Design Award was <a href="http://www.frogdesign.com/">Frog Design</a>. Shown here is Tupperware Flatout!, which folds flat and then expands accordion-style to become bowls. Photo by Frog Design.
The other finalist for the Product Design Award was Frog Design. Shown here is Tupperware Flatout!, which folds flat and then expands accordion-style to become bowls. Photo by Frog Design.
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