Design for the Other 90% is a exhibition going on at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum. It focuses on how designers today are creating necessary products to help people rather than creating useless objects to be consumed by the wealthier ten percent. The exhibition focuses on everything such as shelter, water, energy and education with many overlapping projects. One of my favorite pieces of this exhibition is the Katrina Furniture Project which creates furniture from recycled wood debris found after Hurricane Katrina. This website is full of amazing information with many different projects. It is on view at the Cooper-Hewitt until September 23, 2007.
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This product is on all the Cooper-Hewitt ads...I think it's a perfect example of the design perspective applied to a "real" need...it's hard to carry water and a lot of people in poorer regions spend a lot of time and energy transporting water by hand. This solution is more than 10 years old! I guess it's a classic.
Posted May 21, 2007
By Daniel Stillman