Collection by Miyoko Ohtake

Why Design Now?

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Earlier this month, the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum unveiled its fourth exhibition in its National Design Triennial series: Why Design Now?. The exhibit features more than 125 projects--spanning design disciplines from architecture and product design to fashion, graphics, and new media--all with the intent to highlight solutions to contemporary human and environmental problems. The projects, which fall into eight themes (energy, mobility, community, materials, prosperity, health, communication, and simplicity), are on display in New York through January 9, 2011. View our slideshow for a peek at 45 of the works on display.

Medellín, Colombia, Jardin Botanico-Orquideorama (Botanical Garden). Alejandro Bernal (Colombian, b. 1973), Felipe Mesa...
Solvatten Solar Safe-Water System. Petra Wadström (Swedish, b. 1952), Solvatten AB. Manufactured by Mälarplast AB....
Veil Curtain. Ritva Puotila (Finnish, b. 1935), Woodnotes OY. Finland, 2008. Paper yarn.
Sampoorna Chulha Stove, Philanthropy by Design Initiative. Unmesh Kulkarni (Indian, b. 1966), Praveen Mareguddi...
MIT CityCar, prototype. William J. Mitchell (Australian, b. 1944), Ryan Chin (American, b. 1974), William Lark Jr....
Oslo Opera House. Craig Dykers (American, b. 1961), Tarald Lundevall (Norwegian, b. 1948), and Kjetil Trædal Thorsen...
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Masdar Development, city plan. Foster + Partners. Client: Masdar - Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company.
Masdar Headquarters. Adrian Smith (American, b. 1942) and Gordon Gill (American b. 1963), Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill...
Samarth Bicycle Trailer, prototype. Radhika Bhalla (Indian, b. 1983).
OLPC (One Laptop per Child) XOXO Laptop, prototype. Yves Béhar (Swiss, b. 1967) and Bret Recor (American, b. 1974),...
NioxMino asthma monitor. David Crafoord (Swedish, b. 1967), Martin Birath (Swedish, b. 1975), Daniel Höglund (Swedish,...
Z-10 Concentrated Solar-Power System. Ezri Tarazi (Israeli, b. 1962) and Ori Levin (Israeli, b. 1978), Tarazi Studio.
SunShade, prototype. Lianne van Genugten (Dutch, b. 1984), Lianne van Genugten Product Design. The Netherlands, 2007.
Witches' Kitchen Collection, Design with a Conscience Series, assorted wooden utensils. Tord Boontje (Dutch, b. 1968),...
The Girl Effect Campaign, poster.
Zōn Hearing Aid. Stuart Karten (American, b. 1957), Eric Olson (American, b. 1970), Paul Kirley (American, b. 1967),...
Touch Magazine 2. Sean Donahue (American, b. 1973), ResearchCenteredDesign. United States, 2007.
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