New York Architect Dennis Wedlick selected by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to participate in National Design Triennial: Inside Design Now

Jan. 01, 2003

Coinciding with his firm’s 10th anniversary, architect Dennis Wedlick is honored by the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

New York, NY – January 2003 – Architect Dennis Wedlick has been honored by the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum: he has been selected to take part in the second National Design Triennial. The Triennial reviews new ideas and future horizons from architecture to interiors to product design, fashion, graphic design and new media. It is the only exhibition of its kind in the nation; to be chosen to participate is an honor representing a highlight in the career of any design innovator. In addition to Wedlick, the 2003 Triennial, subtitled Inside Design Now, will honor 79 designers and firms including product designers Daniel and Christopher Streng, lighting designer Jennifer Tipton, fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, and several designers from the MIT Media Lab. The Triennial will be on view from April 22 through January 25, 2004.

Wedlick’s objects in the exhibition will include three museum-quality models of varying scales. The projects chosen – three stunning homes – reflect the breadth and originality of his designs.

Mitchell Owens, guest curator of the Triennial and Interior Design Director at Elle Décor, writes in the National Design Triennial Catalog that “despite the fairytale silhouettes and curious footprints that have become leitmotivs of [Wedlick's] work – among them, houses shaped like stars or recalling upended Viking ships – a Wedlick house contains little wasted space but extraordinary amounts of poetry.”

This honor comes as Wedlick marks another milestone in his career, the 10th anniversary of his architecture firm, Dennis Wedlick Architect LLC. A decade ago Wedlick left the office of architecture legend Philip Johnson after a 12-year employment to realize his own design ambitions. He started a small practice in lower Manhattan – today the company is one of the country’s most respected residential design firms.

“This is an incredible year for us as a firm, and for me personally,” said Wedlick. “We are very proud of the work we do at Dennis Wedlick Architect. And to have been recognized by the Cooper-Hewitt and placed in the company of these phenomenal designers – it’s a little overwhelming.”

The Triennial is the latest – and among the most prestigious – honor in Wedlick’s career. He has been widely covered in the architecture and design media, and is the author of The Good Home (2001), and the upcoming Designing the Good Home (2003) and Good House Parts (2003). Wedlick has taught architecture at Parsons School of Design and the University of Pennsylvania, and lectures at chapters of the American Institute of Architecture around the country.