Happy National Design Week!

NDW.jpgNational Design Week is here, which means that through Saturday, October 24, the country is awash in design-related happenings, many of them free. Here are five that caught our eye:

  • There wouldn’t be a National Design Week without the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, which is offering free admission all week long. Start with “Design USA: Contemporary Innovation,” a new exhibition celebrating the accomplishments of the first ten years worth of National Design Award winners.
  • Two words: cowboy furniture. That’s the subject of an exhibition on view through Saturday at the Wyoming State Museum that features the work of Thomas Molesworth, who had a way with antler accents. Don’t miss the hoofed wastebasket holder, which is almost enough to make us forgive the use of Comic Sans on the museum’s website.
  • Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, it’s a perfect time to visit the Price Tower Arts Center, which is housed in a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed skyscraper and worth it for the Cherokee red triangular elevators alone. The Bartlesville cultural hub has mounted “UK/OK: Exploring Traditions in Contemporary Design,” a homegrown show of objects that focus on the recent resurgence in handcrafted design.

  • On Tuesday afternoon, the Maine Historical Society welcomes architectural photographer Brian Vanden Brink to its Portland HQ for a discussion of his new book Ruin: Photographs of A Vanishing America, which preserves in photographs abandoned churches, mills, bridges, storefronts, and other iconic American structures.
  • Bittersweet home Alabama. AIGA Birmingham ends National Design Week on a heartbreaking note with its second annual Salon des Refuses, “a showing of works wrongly rejected.” Check out the entries in the rejection-themed poster contest.