Beauty – Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, February 12, 2016 – August 21, 2016

“The fifth installment of the museum’s popular contemporary design exhibition series, Beauty celebrates design as a creative endeavor that engages the mind, body, and senses. With a focus on aesthetic innovation, the exhibition will feature more than 250 works by 63 designers from around the globe, and is organized around seven themes: extravagant, intricate, ethereal, transgressive, emergent, elemental, and transformative. With projects ranging from experimental prototypes and interactive games to fashion ensembles and architectural interventions, Beauty presents works of astonishing form and surprising function from the most outstanding voices of the global design scene.” — Cooper Hewitt

Installation view of "BeautyÑCooper Hewitt Design Triennial." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of “Beauty – Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial”. Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Center: Giambattista Valli (Italian, active in France, b. 1966); Skirt and top, from Fall / Winter 2014–-15 Couture collection, 2014; Tulle degradé, silk taffeta

Sandra Backlund (Swedish, b. 1975); Dress, from Fall / Winter collection, 2013; Crocheted cotton

Sandra Backlund (Swedish, b. 1975); Dress, from Fall / Winter collection, 2013; Crocheted cotton

Humans since 1982 (Stockholm, Sweden, founded 2010): Per Emanuelsson (Swedish, b. 1982) and Bastian Bischoff (German, b. 1982); Clock prototype, A million times 288 H, 2013; Aluminum, electric components, powder-coated clock hands, screenprinted dials; 180 × 344 × 5 cm (5 ft. 10 7/8 in. × 11 ft. 3 7/16 in. × 1 15/16 in.)

Humans since 1982 (Stockholm, Sweden, founded 2010): Per Emanuelsson (Swedish, b. 1982) and Bastian Bischoff (German, b. 1982); Clock prototype, A million times, 288 H, 2013; Aluminum, electric components, powder-coated clock hands, screenprinted dials; 180 × 344 × 5 cm (5 ft. 10 7/8 in. × 11 ft. 3 7/16 in. × 1 15/16 in.)

Tuomas Markunpoika (Finnish, active Netherlands, b. 1982); Cabinet, from Engineering Temporality series, 2012; Welded and burned steel rings; 175 × 95 × 50 cm (5 ft. 8 7/8 in. × 37 3/8 in. × 19 11/16 in.)

Tuomas Markunpoika (Finnish, active Netherlands, b. 1982); Cabinet, from Engineering Temporality series, 2012; Welded and burned steel rings; 175 × 95 × 50 cm (5 ft. 8 7/8 in. × 37 3/8 in. × 19 11/16 in.)

Kustaa Saksi (Finnish, active in Netherlands, b. 1975); Nightless Night, from Reveille series, 2015; Jacquard-woven mohair and rubber; 232 × 166 cm (7 ft. 7 5/16 in. × 5 ft. 5 3/8 in.)

Kustaa Saksi (Finnish, active in Netherlands, b. 1975); Nightless Night, from Reveille series, 2015; Jacquard-woven mohair and rubber; 232 × 166 cm (7 ft. 7 5/16 in. × 5 ft. 5 3/8 in.)

Installation view of "BeautyÑCooper Hewitt Design Triennial." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of “Beauty – Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial”. Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The Haas Brothers (California, USA, founded 2010): Nikolai Haas (American, b. 1984) and Simon Haas (American, b. 1984) with The Haas Sisters of Monkeybiz (Khayelitsha township, Cape Town, South Africa.); Al-Gorilla, Eye-sik Newton, Neil Tongue, Bill Nyeland, Isle Be Back, and Fungulliver, from the Afreaks series, 2015; Glass beads, wire, wood, mixed fiber stuffing, and cast bronze. Monkeybiz is a nonprofit income-generating bead project founded in 2000.

The Haas Brothers (California, USA, founded 2010): Nikolai Haas (American, b. 1984) and Simon Haas (American, b. 1984) with The Haas Sisters of Monkeybiz (Khayelitsha township, Cape Town, South Africa.); Al-Gorilla, Eye-sik Newton, Neil Tongue, Bill Nyeland, Isle Be Back, and Fungulliver, from the Afreaks series, 2015; Glass beads, wire, wood, mixed fiber stuffing, and cast bronze. Monkeybiz is a nonprofit income-generating bead project founded in 2000

Installation view of "BeautyÑCooper Hewitt Design Triennial." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of “Beauty – Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial”. Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

gggrafik design (Heidelberg, Germany, founded 2005): Götz Gramlich (German, b. 1974) for Generation Heidelberg (Heidelberg, Germany); Poster, Generation Vielfalt, 2014; Offset print; 86.3 × 61.7 cm (34 in. × 24 5/16 in.)

gggrafik design (Heidelberg, Germany, founded 2005): Götz Gramlich (German, b. 1974) for Generation Heidelberg (Heidelberg, Germany); Poster, Generation Vielfalt, 2014; Offset print; 86.3 × 61.7 cm (34 in. × 24 5/16 in.)

Theseus Chan (Singaporean, b. 1961), for WORK (Singapore, Singapore, founded 1997); Inside, W_ _K W_ _ K VOL. 1: ANREALAGE Magazine, 2015; Printed by AlsOdoMinie (Singapore, Singapore, founded 2000); Hand-glued offset lithograph on paper; Closed: 30.5 * 22 * 1.3 cm (12 in. * 8 11/16 in. * 1/2 in.)

Theseus Chan (Singaporean, b. 1961), for WORK (Singapore, Singapore, founded 1997); Inside, W_ _K W_ _ K VOL. 1: ANREALAGE Magazine, 2015; Printed by AlsOdoMinie (Singapore, Singapore, founded 2000); Hand-glued offset lithograph on paper; Closed: 30.5 * 22 * 1.3 cm (12 in. * 8 11/16 in. * 1/2 in.)

Installation view of "BeautyÑCooper Hewitt Design Triennial." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Installation view of “Beauty – Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial”. Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Kyuha Shim (Korean, active in United Kingdom, b. 1982); Iteration, from Grid Brush: The Art of Selection typeface generator, 2014; 42 × 59.4 cm (16 9/16 × 23 3/8 in.)

Kyuha Shim (Korean, active in United Kingdom, b. 1982); Iteration, from Grid Brush: The Art of Selection typeface generator, 2014; 42 × 59.4 cm (16 9/16 × 23 3/8 in.)

Francesco Franchi (Italian, b. 1982) and Laura Cantadori for Il Sole 24 ORE; Illustrated by Giacomo Gambineri; Edited by Alessandro Giberti; Magazine layout, Benvenuti a Qatartica, from IL, no. 53, September 2013

Francesco Franchi (Italian, b. 1982) and Laura Cantadori for Il Sole 24 ORE; Illustrated by Giacomo Gambineri; Edited by Alessandro Giberti; Magazine layout, Benvenuti a Qatartica, from IL, no. 53, September 2013

Kris Sowersby (New Zealander, b. 1981) for Klim Type Foundry (Wellington, New Zealand, founded 2005); Specimen, Domaine Display Italic typeface, 2013

Kris Sowersby (New Zealander, b. 1981) for Klim Type Foundry (Wellington, New Zealand, founded 2005); Specimen, Domaine Display Italic typeface, 2013

Industrial Facility (London, England, United Kingdom, founded 2002): Sam Hecht (British, b. 1969) and Kim Colin (American, b. 1961) for Herman Miller (Zeeland, Michigan, USA, founded 1905); Formwork series, 2014; ABS plastic with non-slip silicone base

Industrial Facility (London, England, United Kingdom, founded 2002): Sam Hecht (British, b. 1969) and Kim Colin (American, b. 1961) for Herman Miller (Zeeland, Michigan, USA, founded 1905); Formwork series, 2014; ABS plastic with non-slip silicone base

Sou Fujimoto Architects (Tokyo, Japan, founded 2000): Sou Fujimoto (Japanese, b. 1971); Rendering, Souk Mirage / Particles of Light commercial building complex, concept master plan, 2013

Sou Fujimoto Architects (Tokyo, Japan, founded 2000): Sou Fujimoto (Japanese, b. 1971); Rendering, Souk Mirage / Particles of Light commercial building complex, concept master plan, 2013

Non-Format (Minneapolis, USA, and Oslo, Norway, founded 2000): Kjell Ekhorn (Norwegian, b. 1965) and Jon Forss (British, b. 1966); Illustration by Von; Poster, Elsewhere exhibition, KK Outlet gallery, London, 2014; Silkscreen printed in black and bronze ink; 70 × 50 cm (27 9/16 × 19 11/16 in.)

Non-Format (Minneapolis, USA, and Oslo, Norway, founded 2000): Kjell Ekhorn (Norwegian, b. 1965) and Jon Forss (British, b. 1966); Illustration by Von; Poster, Elsewhere exhibition, KK Outlet gallery, London, 2014; Silkscreen printed in black and bronze ink; 70 × 50 cm (27 9/16 × 19 11/16 in.)

Maiko Takeda (Japanese, b. 1986); Atmospheric Reentry series, 2013–14; Acetate films, acrylic discs, rhodium-plated metal jumprings, plastic base, fabric-covered metal wire

Maiko Takeda (Japanese, b. 1986); Atmospheric Reentry series, 2013–14; Acetate films, acrylic discs, rhodium-plated metal jumprings, plastic base, fabric-covered metal wire

Ana Rajcevic (Serbian, active in Germany and United Kingdom, b. 1983); Wearable sculpture, from ANIMAL: The Other Side of Evolution collection, 2012; Fiberglass, polyurethane, rubber; 21 x 34 x 16 cm (8 1/4 x 13 3/8 x 6 5/16 in.)

Ana Rajcevic (Serbian, active in Germany and United Kingdom, b. 1983); Wearable sculpture, from ANIMAL: The Other Side of Evolution collection, 2012; Fiberglass, polyurethane, rubber; 21 x 34 x 16 cm (8 1/4 x 13 3/8 x 6 5/16 in.)

Noa Zilberman (Israeli, b. 1977); Forehead Tiara, from Wrinkle Jewelry collection, 2012; Gold-plated brass; 2.5 x 10.2 x 12.7 cm (1 x 4 x 5 in.)

Noa Zilberman (Israeli, b. 1977); Forehead Tiara, from Wrinkle Jewelry collection, 2012; Gold-plated brass; 2.5 x 10.2 x 12.7 cm (1 x 4 x 5 in.)

Images courtesy Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum