If you wander by 5th Avenue and 90st you can’t help but see Cooper-Hewitt’s beautiful lawn. Although we do visit the inside of the museum – the stunning Carnegie Mansion – last week we visited the outside of the museum. In particular we took the time to take a spin in the fabulously designed Spun Chair by Thomas Heatherwick and his team, Heatherwick Studio.
No charge to walk into the garden – entrance on 90th Street – and enjoy a spin or relax the shade.
To recover from our dizziness and always game to fully use any patch of grass, we enjoyed a game of running bases – there is always a ball in someone’s pocket! Thankfully the guard was amenable 4 loud people enjoying the lawn!
It’s hard to be a gardener when you live in New York City but great gardens are all around us. Cooper-Hewitt and Central Park Conservancy have partnered to give a deeper appreciation to the thought that goes into NYC’s park maintenance and how their caretakers see their space as a blank canvas for design.
Garden Design: The Art of Color, Variety and Form
At this event you can join the curator and gardeners from the Central Park Conservancy for a talk about the landscape design of the Central Park Conservatory Gardens and how it compliments and contrasts with Frederick Law Olmsted’s overall design for Central Park. Learn about how the elements of form and color are rethought and refreshed each year within the garden’s formal planting structure. Hear how the redesign strategies offer the public new and unique views from season to season.
Target sponsors a great family art program at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum – Target Design Kids. Yesterday, families were invited to work together to remake a SecondCycle* Chair 69 designed by Artek, using fingerpaint, fabric, ribbons and stickers. Working with Artek designer Simone Vingerhoets-Ziesmann, my family created a keepsake that continues the conversation about (collaborative) design and environmental awareness at home. www.cooperhewitt.org
Our remake of Chair 69
* Sustainable 2nd Cycle items are part of Artek’s environmental strategy. By creating the 2nd Cycle Artek wants to raise the issue of conscious consuming, praise the authentic design and honour the importance of originality. Solidly made and impervious to fashion, these iconic pieces of furniture have gained value and beauty through their everyday use.