The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum started awarding a yearly Design Award in 2000. The award is a jury-selected process that includes among its ten categories honors for Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Design, and for Lifetime Achievement that has been won by architects.
Shane Coen with Monica Ponce de Leon, left. Prem Krishnamurthy with Rick Valicenti, right. (Courtesy Cooper Hewitt)
This year’s awards were elegantly introduced by the Museum’s Director Caroline Baumann and Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. They honored MOS Architects‘ Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith, landscape designer Shane Coen at Coen + Partners, and Commune, the Los Angeles interior design firm.
In addition, Common Ground founder Rosanne Haggerty was given a Design Mind award, Jack Lenor Larson was awarded the Director’s Award, and, fittingly, the late Michael Graves (whose partners claim he told them before he died that he would win the award this year) was given the annual Lifetime Achievement award.Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith with Yves Alain Bois, left. Jack Lenor Larsen with Caroline Baumann, right. (Courtesy Cooper Hewitt)