Work by Jenny Sabin Studio and Sabin Design Lab To Be Featured in Smithsonian Design Triennial

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October 9, 2015

Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum, has commissioned Jenny Sabin to design a knitted, textile structure for the 2016 Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, the fifth installment of the museum's popular contemporary design exhibition series. Sabin is the Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Assistant Professor and director of graduate studies for the Department of Architecture.

Organized by Assistant Curator Andrea Lipps and Senior Curator of Contemporary Design Ellen Lupton, the exhibition will explore beauty through seven lenses: extravagant, intricate, ethereal, transgressive, emergent, elemental, and transformative. Sabin's commission is included in the emergent category, which emulates nature and explores code and mathematics. In this category, "Designers create rules and processes that determine the final outcome of a project, working with data flows and user interactions to create responsive forms," according to the exhibition website.

With projects ranging from experimental prototypes and interactive games to fashion ensembles and architectural interventions, Beauty will fill most of two floors of the museum with more than 250 works by 62 designers from around the globe. Cooper Hewitt is the only museum in the U.S. devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design, and showcases one of the most comprehensive collections of design works in existence.

The Triennial series, which began in 2000, looks at new developments in design as they appear around the world. The development of Beauty included curatorial advisors from Brazil, England, Japan, South Africa, Finland, the U.S., and The Netherlands, and is designed by Tsao & McKown Architects. The exhibition will be on display from February to August 2016.