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Design for the Other 90%

by Tim Yu in Culture on 30 April 2007

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Design for the Other 90%, an upcoming exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum looks at what happens when designers design for an audience without the privilege and money of the first world. Featuring affordable design solutions for those whose main concern is not a better tea kettle for boiling water but how to get water in the first place, the exhibition includes life-saving designs such as The Life Straw, a mobile personal water purification tool (right), the Sierra Portable Light, a woven aluminum textile featuring flexible photo-voltaics to provide light (below left) and the Q Drum, a circular plastic container used to transport water (below right).

Design for the Other 90%
4 May-23 Sept 2007
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128 map
tel. +1 212 849 8400

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