This year, the National Design Triennial is going international. On view from May 14 through January 9, 2011, the fourth iteration of the Triennial at New York’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum explores the work of more than 125 designers from around the globe, in fields ranging from architecture and product design to fashion, graphic design and new media. Titled “Why Design Now?,” the show spotlights innovations that address the most vexing human and environmental problems of our time, from climate change to universal health care and urban sprawl. The cutting-edge projects on view include MIT’s electric CityCar, Calera’s carbon-negative concrete and Maison Martin Margiela’s plastic fur jacket. Design buffs bound for New York won’t want to miss this collection of wonders.
The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is located at the corner of 91st Street and Fifth Avenue, New York; visit www.cooperhewitt.org