I was invited to preview the new Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum on Wednesday and, if you love all things design-related, mark tomorrow's date down to see the space when it reopens after three years of restoration and renovation.
Housed in the Carnegie Mansion along Manhattan's Museum Mile, the Cooper Hewitt is the only museum in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to historical and modern design. There are ten inaugural exhibitions spread throughout the space meant to prompt and answer some of the key questions at the heart of design. Among them are "The Hewitt Sisters Collection," which shares the story of sisters Sarah and Eleanor Hewitt who established a museum within the Cooper Union in 1897, which became the basis for the Cooper Hewitt's collection. My favorite is the new "Immersion Room" on the second floor: choose from over 200 of the museum's wall coverings (or create your own) then project full scale versions onto the gallery walls all around you. Visitors can also browse for souvenirs at the new museum shop and grab a bite at the new cafe run by Tarrallucci e Vino.
Here are some more shot from around the new museum. The Cooper Hewitt reopens to the public tomorrow, December 12th, at 11:00 a.m.