Young designers sought by Cooper Hewitt

Know a young man or lady who’s got a talent for design? Then you might want to pass along this information about an exciting opportunity.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in Manhattan has announced the launch of Student Design Challenge #ThinkOutside, its inaugural competition for high-school students across the country.

Students are invited to submit ideas for an outdoor chair inspired by objects from the museum’s collection. The contest, organized by Cooper Hewitt in collaboration with Target, will culminate in the winning chair design being manufactured by the retailer for exclusive use in the museum’s recently re-designed Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden.

In press materials, Caroline Baumann, director of Cooper Hewitt, says, “As the nation’s design museum, we have the responsibility to encourage and celebrate our country’s aspiring young designers. Our Student Design Challenge is an amazing opportunity for students to express and share their design creativity with the world, and I am thrilled that Cooper Hewitt will give these talented young designers recognition for their vision and ingenuity.”

The deadline for entries is Feb. 21. The winner will be announced on April 4, with the winning design to be manufactured into seven limited-edition chairs.

The winning designer will have the chance to visit Target’s Minneapolis headquarters to learn about the production process of the chair.

Once created, five chairs will be installed in Cooper Hewitt’s Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden, unveiled during National Design Week (Oct. 15-23) while two chairs will be given to the designer.

For complete details on the program, visit

– Mary Shustack

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