Parentesit at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian

© Marco Covi

Parentesit collection will be on display at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum exhibition “The Senses: Design Beyond Vision” on view from April 13 until Oct. 28 which examines how multisensory design amplifies everyone’s ability to receive information, explore the world, satisfy essential needs and experience joy and wonder.

Curated by Ellen Lupton, senior curator of contemporary design, and Andrea Lipps, assistant curator of contemporary design, the exhibition includes work by more than 65 designers and reveals how sensory design can solve problems and enhance life for all people, including those with sensory disabilities.

“The Senses” features direct sensory experiences and displays practical, innovative and exploratory products to touch, hear, see and smell, amplifying the intimate links between design and sensory experience.

The exhibition invites visitors to encounter design with all their senses through several interactive installations, created in collaboration with contemporary designers that are experimenting with materials, exploring technology and embracing the differing needs and experiences of users, in order to heighten sensory awareness and improve daily life.

“Across all industries and disciplines, designers are avidly seeking ways to stimulate our sensory responses to solve problems of access and enrich our interactions with the world,” said Cooper Hewitt Director Caroline Baumann.
The exhibition shares their discoveries and invites personal revelation of the extraordinary capacity of the senses to inform and delight while demonstrating that by opening up to multiple sensory dimensions, designers reach a diverse range of users.

The Parentesit collection, designed by Lievore Altherr Molina in 2015, has been selected by the curators for “their incredibly elegant design and focus on addressing the acoustic qualities of a space”.

“The Senses: Design Beyond Vision”
April 13 - October 28, 2018
Cooper Hewitt - Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York 10128

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