National 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.
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.
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.