National Design Award from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
May 5, 2017
We are honored to receive a National Design Award from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. The award recognizes our work for its “excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life.” Partners Deborah Berke, Maitland Jones, and Marc Leff and Senior Principals Stephen Brockman and Caroline Wharton Ewing will accept the award on behalf of the firm.
“After many years of working together, the five of us share a seamless and immediate connection about the ideas and process of design. It’s wonderful to share a reflective look on our work, through the honor of the National Design Award,” said Marc Leff.
Recognized in the Interior Design category, our prize-winning portfolio includes architecture, both new buildings and the transformation of old buildings, and commercial and residential interiors.
“Our work, especially with old buildings, is quietly resistant to throw away-culture, to junk-space,” said Deborah Berke. “Call it architecture, interior design, or adaptive reuse. Labels don’t matter. It’s about creating spaces that people love, spaces that dignify contemporary life.”
“We regularly design buildings, both from the outside-in and from inside-out. How the design of an interior reckons with the building it’s in, how it addresses or adjusts its context, is of perpetual interest to us,” said Maitland Jones. “It’s marvelous and optimistic: to make a world anew.”
We congratulate the other winners, Hartmut Esslinger, Susan S. Szenasy, Craig L. Wilkins, Design Trust For Public Space, Mass Design Group, Jennifer Morla, Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Stamen Design, Surfacedesign, and Joe Ducet.
Learn more about the National Design Awards and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.