The United States is home to some of the world’s best institutions for contemporary design, presenting innovative and ground-breaking exhibitions where form meets function for the common good. Take a look at our list of ten places to find exceptional collections and exhibitions of contemporary design in a variety of mediums, from national and international artists and visionaries.
After the long awaited completion of a lengthy restoration process, New York City’s Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopened to the public in December 2014. Devoted entirely to the exhibition of historical and contemporary design, the institution has operated out of Andrew Carnegie’s former Upper East Side residence since 1896. The new Cooper Hewitt pulls Carnegie’s grand Georgian estate into the 21st century, preserving the building’s traditional grandeur whilst showcasing the most cutting edge design technology. Accompanied by a uniquely interactive museum experience, visitors can explore a dynamic set of exhibitions, including Beautiful Users, which examines the integration of design into human life over the last five deades, and Making Design, which spans the museum’s extensive collection of over 210,000 objects.