Meet This Year’s National Design Award Winners


The Cooper-Hewitt announced the winners of its 13th annual National Design Awards this morning and, as always, the winners are an interesting mix of names that many of you will probably recognize — like New York fashion designer Thom Browne or interior design wizards Clive Wilkinson Architects — and some less familiar faces, such as Design that Matters, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit design company that was founded by a group of graduate students at the MIT Media Lab back in 2001 to design products that “address basic needs in developing countries.” We’ve rounded up some interesting examples of work from winners in the major categories after the jump; click through our slideshow, and let us know what catches your eye in the comments.

Architecture Design: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

Gates Center for Computer Science and Hillman Center for Future Generation Technologies, Pittsburgh, PA, 2009. Photo: Timothy Hursley, Nic Lehoux, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center and Davis Garage, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, 2004-5. Photo: Timothy Hursley

Museum of the Second World War International Competition, Gdansk, Poland, 2011. Photo: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

Fashion Design: Thom Browne

Spring/summer 2011 menswear fashion show rehearsal, Paris, France. Photo: Dan and Corina LeccaTHOM BROWNE SS2011 PARIS MEN 06/27/2010

Fall/winter 2011 womenswear fashion show, New York, NY. Photo: Dan and Corina Lecca

Left image: Look 27, fall/winter 2012. Photo: Dan and Corina Lecca Paris Men FW2012 NEW YORK FASHION WEEK FW11. Right image: Look 1, fall/winter 2011. Photo: Dan and Corina Lecca

Interior Design: Clive Wilkinson Architects

Pallotta TeamWorks headquarters mezzanine, Los Angeles, CA, 2002. Photo: Benny Chan/Fotoworks

Macquarie Group atrium, London, England, 2011. Photo: Riddle Stagg Photographers

The Disney Store headquarters, Pasadena, CA, 2007. Photo: Benny Chan/Fotoworks

Product Design: Scott Wilson

Nike Presto watch, 2003-4. Photo: Mark Hooper

Ooba Nest collection, 2005-6. Cofounded and designed by Scott Wilson. Photo: Scott Wilson

Microsoft Courier, 2008-10. Designed by Scott Wilson + MNML in collaboration with Microsoft. Photo: MINIMAL

Corporate & Institutional Achievement: Design that Matters

NeoNurture car-parts infant incubator, 2009. Designed with the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology. Photo: Design that Matters

Kinkajou microfilm projector, Digani, Mali, 2005. Designed with World Education. Photo: Design that Matters

Project Firefly phototherapy, Hai Duong Pediatric Hospital, Vietnam, 2011. Designed with East Meets West Foundation. Photo: Design that Matters

Interaction Design: Evan Roth

Eyewriter, designed for paralyzed graffiti artist Tempt1, Los Angeles, CA, 2009. Project partners: Zach Lieberman, James Powderly, Chris Sugrue, Tempt1, Theo Watson. Photo: Eyewriter Team

TSA Communication, Hong Kong, China, 2008. Photo: Evan Roth

Typographic Illustration open-source music video, Hong Kong, China, 2008. In collaboration with Jay-Z. Photo: Evan Roth

Landscape Architecture: Stoss Landscape Urbanism

Erie Street Plaza, Milwaukee, WI, United States, 2010. Project partners: Light THIS!, Vetter Denk Architects, GRAEF. Photo: John December

The CityDeck, Green Bay, WI, United States, 2009-13. Project partners: Vetter Denk Architects, GRAEF, AECOM, WF Baird & Associates, Clark Dietz, Light THIS!, Pine + Swallow. Photo: Mike Roemer

Bass River Park, West Dennis, MA, United States, 2010. Project partners: Davis Langdon, Galante Architecture Studio, Nitsch Engineering. Photo: Jessica Langlois

Communication Design: Rebeca Méndez

Publication materials, UCLA Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, 1997-2002. Project partner: UCLA. Photo: Rebeca Méndez Studio

Global brand identity, Motorola, 2003. Project partners: Ogilvy & Mather Brand Integration Group. Photo: Roland Halbe Architects. Photo: Rebeca Méndez Studio

Art Center Catalog, 1995-96, 1994. Project partner: Art Center College of Design. Photo: Rebeca Méndez Studio