Next week, on Friday, November 21st, the National Museum of American History will open to the public after a long renovation. The new centerpiece of the Museum will be an exhibit of the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that Francis Scott Key saw when he was inspired to write the National Anthem of the United States. C&G Partners, in collaboration with...Read More
In 2007, C&G Partners went to the White House for lunch. The sitting First Lady is always designated the chair of the National Design Awards given by the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and the firm was a finalist that year in the Communication Design category. Here is a never-before-released photograph from last year's event. (L to R: Laura Bush...Read More
Hidden in the midst of all the election-day news coverage, Event Design Magazine announced today that C&G Partners' Erie Canal Commercial Slip project is the 2008 Gold Winner in the "Best Graphical Treatment" category. One Gold Winner in each category is chosen from hundreds of entries. The Event Design Awards recognize the "cream of the crop in the world of...Read More
Today marks the second anniversary of the re-opening of Griffith Observatory , on November 3, 2006, with exhibits designed by C&G Partners . The Observatory is the most popular public observatory in the world, and one of the most photogenic, playing a starring role in many films . In commemoration, here is a collection of images of the exhibits at Griffith that C&G; Partners designed. The twist: these were not taken by professionals. They are all by the public at large, via Flickr (link to a great Flickr slide show of full-screen images at the very bottom of this post). There are 360 images total here, which is only a fraction of the Griffith exhibit images available on Flickr. A statue of Albert Einstein is a favorite subject.
On October 30th, Jim Lehrer's PBS NewsHour shot a segment inside the Museum of American Finance comparing the Great Depression to the financial events of today. Exhibits designed by C&G Partners are the backdrop for the segment (the installation was designed to function as a broadcast set if needed). The interview takes place, appropriately enough, inside an exhibit about the financial markets that features a ticker tape from the Crash of 1929.
A C&G Partners team led by Emanuela Frigerio has launched a new eco-friendly water bottle design as part of a campaign for Riverkeeper, the organization focused on the Hudson River watershed that started the riverkeeper trend throughout the country. The bottle is made from reusable, lightweight, tinted stainless steel and communicates the environmental importance of drinking local water versus bottled water. This product is part of a larger design project for Riverkeeper that will be featured here in the weeks to come. Here is a sneak peek of all four bottle colors:
Next week, Steff Geissbuhler will speak on the subject of "Making and Leaving a Mark" at the ninth annual DesignThinkers 2008 conference in Toronto. From designthinkers.com: Steff explores the thinking behind the creation of a logo, trademark or visual vocabulary and the many forms and personalities an identity can take on. Using his work as examples, Steff will discuss...Read More
C&G is featured in the new book Museum Design 2009 , published in the UK by Heritage 365 . The volume contains both an article written by partner Jonathan Alger on " museumless " projects, and a portfolio section containing a wide range of firm exhibit design projects. The portfolio features the work of all the partners of the firm.
Next Monday, October 20th, Partner Emanuela Frigerio will be mentoring young teen designers at the Teen Design Fair, held during Design Week at the Cooper-Hewitt. Emanuela appeared at the Fair last year as well, when the firm was nominated for the National Design Award. Young designers can ask Emanuela about a career in design, what it's like to be a...Read More
A C&G Partners team led by Keith Helmetag designed the exhibits inside a new visitor center for the Nemours Mansion & Gardens in Wilmington, Delaware. Designed as a walk through time, the exhibition follows the interwoven narratives of the DuPont family and the parallel events of world history of the time. The exhibition serves as both an overture and a finale to a grand tour of the home and grounds. The visitor center is a key component of a major restoration. The Mansion was originally designed by Carrere and Hastings , the architects of the New York Public Library and Frick Mansion. It is fully "one acre under one roof" and includes the largest formal French garden in America. The original owner was Alfred I. duPont, who believed that “it is the duty of everyone in the world to do what is in his power to alleviate human suffering.” His Nemours Foundation continues to improve the lives of children today.