National Design Awards, 2005

National Design Awards, 2005

Along with Isabel and Ruben Toledo and Maria Cornejo, Natalie is named a finalist in the Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards. The program, founded by the Smithsonian Design Museum, honors design as a tool for advancement, development, and beauty through the recognition of outstanding, lasting achievement in American design.

Isabel Toledo passed away on August 26, 2019 in New York City. Learn more about the relationship and work of Isabel and Ruben Toledo in this poignant story from the Kinfolk archives. 


Explore Maria Cornejo’s designs here.

Read an entry on Maria here.

Learn more about the National Design Awards, and follow along @cooperhewitt.


Slide 1: First Lady Laura Bush hosts National Design Award finalists at the White House, Washington, D.C., 2005, photograph by Robert Rausch (Pictured to the left of the first lady is Maria Cornejo, a forward thinking designer with incredible style, and a cherished friend of Natalie’s since the two met during this very event. Hear from Maria here)

Slide 2: Certificate awarding Project Alabama a finalist in the 2005 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards, 2005, photograph by Robert Rausch