Skin: Surface, Substance and Design

May 7, 2002 – September 15, 2002

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY

1st Floor

The more than 150 objects--an international mix of products, fashion, furniture, architecture and digital media-- explore the role of "skin" as outer surface and structural form. Skin is the frontier of physical contact from person to person and from person to built environment. In design today, surfaces have become active, flexible interfaces that connect and contain bodies, objects, and spaces. The objects on view are used to reveal the countless ways skin has been imitated and re-imagined to wrap our world in seductive and often illusionary surfaces.