Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy planned to celebrate their 2010 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Fashion Design win by commandeering the jukebox Thursday night at their favorite Los Angeles hangout.
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The sisters outperformed Behnaz Sarafpour and Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for the honor. The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present an array of Design awards at an Oct. 14 gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. “This is such a big deal because there is always the question [of] if you approach to design in an artistic way and whether you view your work as art,” Laura Mulleavy said. “It is amazing to have a community you are not always part of recognize your work.”
As for Thursday’s celebration, she said, “The Lakers are playing tonight and they have kind of taken over our town, so we will probably just take over the jukebox at this little place we like to go to. And then, of course, we will just get back to work.”
Other honorees include Stephen Doyle for Communication Design, Kiernan Timberlake for Architectural Design, William Sofield for Interior Design, Lisa Strausfeld for Interactive Design, Ralph Caplan for Design Mind, Jane Thompson for Lifetime Achievement and the U.S./Green Building Council for Corporate and Institutional Investment. First Lady Michelle Obama is honorary patron of the event, which is made possible in part by Bloomberg and Procter & Gamble. Target will once again sponsor National Design Week, which will run Oct. 9 to 17.
Rodarte is a familiar name to the Cooper-Hewitt. During fashion week in February, a Quicktake exhibition of Rodarte’s designs was staged in the Upper East Side museum.