UPDATE: The Cooper-Hewitt National Design exhibit is now open. If you live in New York or you are visiting, you should definitely check it out. And if you’re not in the area, the Cooper-Hewitt has a great website. (Here’s the Etsy page, by the way!)
The opening night was very exciting: It was great to see Etsy included with so many inspiring and forward-thinking designers and companies. I also got to meet the Etsy artists included in our corner of the exhibit, Toolgrrl (accompanied by her sister tyarkoni and husband) and Troy and Stephano from necklush. Wonderful people!
[The following was originally published on February 16, 2010.]
Good news, friends! Etsy has been invited to be part of the National Design Triennial at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. The theme for this exhibition is “Why Design Now?” and, in part, explores the impact of community and sustainability on the designed world.
A few examples of Etsy items will be there on display: congratulations to necklush and Toolgrrl! We will also have a computer kiosk in the interactive section of the exhibit so that visitors can explore Etsy.com.
I sometimes think of Etsy itself as a massive gallery — a collection of handmade and vintage artifacts. But what also excites me about being part of the Triennial is that Etsy will also be stepping forward as a group of creative people across the world. We’re collaborating with folks at the museum to plan crafting events and talks to go along with the Triennial. We’re also taking part in an ongoing discussion about our role in the world as creative people and how we can use that creativity to make an impact.
Some of the designers and organizations involved in the exhibit have been invited to share a three minute recording that visitors will access via an iTouch. Our recording will explain what Etsy is and talk a bit about what design means to us. I really think Etsy is all about you — collectors, crafters and artists, and people who care deeply about design — so I want to hear from you, the Etsy community. I hope to quote some of your responses when I do the recording. (Shout-outs!)
So, tell the world: “Why design now? Why is design important today?” Post in the comments below.