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NDA Roundup: The Way the Cookie Crumbled

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As we flitted about last Thursday’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards afterparty — sizing up the West Elm decor, admiring the too-pretty-to-eat NDA cookies (pictured above), and chanting “Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis” (winner for interior design) like a calming mantra — our thoughts turned to what tidbits of the evening would be most interesting to UnBeige readers, considering that you’ve known who won since May. Since you’ve already savored our news of Chip Kidding around in the DJ booth and TOMS’s populist victory, we present some additional highlights…

Nothing ‘Bout Flowers
This year’s gala decor by David Stark was all about sustainability, which meant no flowers, and alas, no return to last year’s Slinky theme. Instead, Stark transformed 6,000 pounds of recycled paper gathered at the museum over the past six months into chandeliers, centerpieces, and topiaries. The afterparty, designed by MTV and teen participants in the museum’s Design Directions program, featured a perhaps unintentionally minimalist scattering of West Elm drum tables, sheepskin rugs, tree stumps, and bowls of green M&Ms.

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