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The year’s best design firm according to Cooper Hewitt
Jun 1, 2018

Oppenheim Architecture + Design will take this year’s National Design Award in the Interior Design category and Weiss/Manfredi has won the Architecture Design category in Cooper Hewitt’s annual honors. The awards, established in 2000 via the White House Millennium Council, have a twofold mission: to celebrate design across 10 categories, as well as promoting “design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world.”

The year’s best design firm according to Cooper HewittCooper Hewitt National Design Museum

“All 10 of this year’s winners present a powerful design perspective and body of work that is at once inclusive and deeply personal, accompanied by great achievement, humanity and social impact,” said Caroline Baumann, director of Cooper Hewitt. “I am excited to share our winners with the world at large as we chart an ambitious path for our most prominent educational initiative that further elevates Cooper Hewitt as a national platform for design. These inspiring men and women will be joining us in classrooms and communities throughout the U.S. to help us raise awareness of the power of design to improve our lives.”

“Inspiration is drawn from vernacular styles, and local resources are asserted with minimal gesture,” the museum reported about Oppenheim Architecture + Design, the firm founded in 1999 by Chad Oppenheim. “With projects in over 25 countries, including the GLF Headquarters in Florida, the Enea Headquarters in Switzerland, and the Ayla Golf Academy and Clubhouse in Jordan, the firm designs with sensitivity toward man and nature—harmonizing with the surroundings of each site.”

The Cooper Hewitt celebrates Marion Weiss and Michael A. Manfredi’s firm for “connecting landscape, art, infrastructure, and architecture,” with notable projects including the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park, Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Visitor Center, University of Pennsylvania’s Singh Center for Nanotechnology, Cornell Tech’s Tata Innovation Center, and the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.

The full list of 2018 National Design Award winners includes:

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Gail Anderson

DESIGN MIND
Anne Whiston Spirn

CORPORATE & INSTITUTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT
Design for America

ARCHITECTURE DESIGN
Weiss/Manfredi

COMMUNICATION DESIGN
Civilization

FASHION DESIGN
Christina Kim

INTERACTION DESIGN
Neri Oxman

INTERIOR DESIGN
Oppenheim Architecture + Design

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
Mikyoung Kim Design

PRODUCT DESIGN
Blu Dot

Photo by See-ming Lee.

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