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NYC | ‘The Senses: Design Beyond Vision’ at Cooper Hewitt

By FEDERICA LUSIARDI - May 2, 2018

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, presents “The Senses: Design Beyond Vision”.  The exhibition, on view through October 28, examines how multisensory design amplifies everyone’s ability to receive information, explore the world, satisfy essential needs and experience joy and wonder.

cover: Kangaroo Light, 2014; Studio Banana (Madrid, Spain; London, United Kingdom; Lausanne, Switzerland, founded 2007); Silicone, LEDs, lithium-ion battery; Courtesy of Studio Banana.COPYRIGHT:Courtesy of Studio Banana.

The Senses”- which features direct sensory experiences and displays practical, innovative and exploratory products – invites visitors to encounter design with all their senses through interactive installations created in collaboration with contemporary designers.
The exhibition includes work by more than 65 designers and teams, and reveals how sensory design can solve problems and enhance life for all people, including those with sensory disabilities. Contemporary designers are experimenting with materials, exploring technology and embracing the differing needs and experiences of users, in order to heighten sensory awareness and improve daily life .

Across all industries and disciplines, designers are avidly seeking ways to stimulate our sensory responses to solve problems of access and enrich our interactions with the world,” said Cooper Hewitt Director Caroline Baumann. “‘The Senses’ shares their discoveries and invites personal revelation of the extraordinary capacity of the senses to inform and delight. Within the inclusive environment created for the exhibition, there will be over 40 touchable objects, as well as services, such as audio and visual descriptions of the works on view, to ensure the exhibition will be welcoming to visitors of all abilities, an important step forward in our ongoing commitment to making Cooper Hewitt accessible to everyone.”

The exhibition is organized around 11 sections: INTRODUCING THE SENSES ; SENSORY CITY ; TACTILE LIBRARY ; SHAPING SOUND ; SENSORY MATERIALS ; TACTILE EXPRESSION ; SENSORY APPETITES ; THE SENSORY TABLE ; SENSES AND COGNITION ; INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENTS ; SENSORY THEATER

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Visitors interact with the Tactile Orchestra, created by Studio Roos Meerman and KunstLAB Arnhem, currently on view in “The Senses: Design Beyond Vision” at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Photo: (c) Scott Rudd.

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Visitors interact with Loopy Tiles and Emerging Objects, by architects Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, currently on view in “The Senses: Design Beyond Vision” at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Photo: (c) Scott Rudd. 

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AEIOU I Rear Bump series, from the Sensory Dessert Spoon collection, 2015–18; Jinhyun Jeon (South Korean, born 1981), Studio Jinhyun Jeon; Stainless steel, lacquered and/or 24-carat gold plated; Courtesy of Jinhyun Jeon. COPYRIGHT:Courtesy of Jinhyun Jeon

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Active Textile, 2017–18; Self-Assembly Lab, MIT (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA), Designtex (New York, New York, USA), Steelcase (Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA); Textile combined with active polymers; photo courtesy of Self Assembly Lab, MIT; COPYRIGHT: Photo Courtesy of Self Assembly Lab, MIT

AEIOU I Rear Bump series, from the Sensory Dessert Spoon collection, 2015–18; Jinhyun Jeon (South Korean, born 1981), Studio Jinhyun Jeon; Stainless steel, lacquered and/or 24-carat gold plated; Courtesy of Jinhyun Jeon.COPYRIGHT:Courtesy of Jinhyun Jeon

Dot Watch, 2017; Dot Incorporation (Seoul, Korea); Anodized aluminum case, gyroscope, touch sensors, wireless MCU platform, leather; Courtesy of Dot Incorporation.COPYRIGHT: Courtesy of Dot Incorporation

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Wallcovering, Topographies, 2017; Snarkitecture (New York, New York, USA), manufactured by Calico Wallpaper (Brooklyn, New York, USA); Vinyl; Non-repeating custom print; Photo by Lauren Coleman, Courtesy of Calico Wallpaper.COPYRIGHT:Photo by Lauren Coleman, Courtesy of Calico Wallpaper.

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Coffee Cups, 2015; Virginia San Fratello and Ronald Rael, Studio Rael Fratello (Oakland, California, USA) and Emerging Objects (Oakland, California, USA); 3D-printed coffee; Courtesy of Emerging Objects.COPYRIGHT: Courtesy of Emerging Objects.

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Scent Player, Cyrano, 2017; oNotes (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA); Aluminum, plastic, electronic components, scent cartridge; Photo by Wayne Earl Chinnock. COPYRIGHT: Photo by Wayne Earl Chinnock.

‘The Senses: Design Beyond Vision’
 April 13  / October 28, 2018
Cooper Hewitt
2E 91ST Street New York NY 10128

www.cooperhewitt.org



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