On the Ground at the White House National Design Awards Luncheon


Looks like we were the first to have something up about Laura Bush‘s National Design Awards speech on Monday. Thankfully, so we didn’t feel stuck with just a single transcript, the Washington Post had some feet on the ground at the event (and strangely, they’re the only ones we’ve seen covering it thus far). There isn’t a ton of new information, as the piece serves to offer up something of a primer to people who weren’t already aware of the awards, but there are some quotes here and there by the award recipients who were in attendance. There was also this little tidbit of info that we don’t remember knowing about:

Bush, wearing a shimmery beige Carolina Herrera pantsuit, has a special interest in the Cooper-Hewitt, as daughter Barbara works in its education department. “Barbara has been interested in design since she was a child. We would wake up and she would be sitting at a glass coffee table cutting and pasting and drawing. She loves working at the museum.”

Yes, we were talking about learning that Barbara works at the Cooper-Hewitt, not about the pantsuit Bush was wearing (though we didn’t know that either and feel fortunate that we do now). Also of note, the White House has released a new photo of all the design-y people who were at the event (also above).