The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum recently announced the winners of the 2011 National Design Awards.
Conceived in 1997 by the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum honors lasting achievement in American design. The Awards are bestowed in recognition of excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life. First launched at the White House in 2000 as a project of the White House Millennium Council, the National Design Awards were established to promote this recognition across a variety of disciplines. The awards are accompanied each year by a variety of public education programs, including special events, panel discussions and workshops. First Lady Michelle Obama serves as the Honorary Patron for this year’s National Design Awards.
The National Design Awards is one of the few programs of its kind structured to continue to benefit the nation long after the Awards ceremony and gala. The award recipients will be honored at a gala dinner Thursday, October 20, at Pier Sixty in New York. Following are the winners from their respective categories which can also be viewed on the National Design Awards here.