Back in February Stef and I visited the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum as one of our Valentine's Day activities and today I'm sharing a little throwback with you. We experienced the Beauty exhibition and it did not disappoint! The exhibit examines the question of "Why beauty now?" and takes you through an "immersive, multisensory experience". 

I shared a few images on Instagram and one of them was re-grammed by the Museum's account. I felt pretty cool about it but even cooler when I noticed a photo right under mine of Beyonce and Jay Z visiting the exhibition. 

Spot me? Spot Jay? Will this story score me cool points when I have grandchildren? 

Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial is the fifth installment of the museum’s signature contemporary design exhibition series. With a focus on aesthetic innovation, Beauty celebrates design as a creative endeavor that engages the mind, body, and senses. Curated by Andrea Lipps, Assistant Curator, and Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator of Contemporary Design, the exhibition features more than 250 works by 63 designers and teams from around the globe, and is organized around seven themes: extravagant, intricate, ethereal, transgressive, emergent, elemental, and transformative.

African textiles.

"Giambattista Valli's tulle degradé skirt and silk taffeta top from Fall/Winter 2014–15 Couture collection."


Why beauty now? Many conversations about design focus on function and problem solving. Yet designers do more than solve utilitarian problems. Designers tell stories and ask questions. They communicate ideas, stimulate the senses, and construct narratives about nature, culture, and making.
Radio Model 556, 1934

Radio Model 556, 1934

Radio Model 556, 1934

I stopped to take a photo near the colorful Afreaks series.  

Beautiful marble pieces and sculptural lighting. 

Books in the museum shop. 

Can you see the time in digital format? The exhibition is opened through August 21st so there is still a little time left to visit if you're in NYC! It's definitely worth the trip.