the Pen | Cooper Hewitt Museum

‘The Pen’ was one of our early inspirations for the Divining Rods project. It is a device that allows people to scan and catalog the art they like at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York.  Interesting that the architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro contributed to the design of this project. LINK TO PROJECT

Asked by Cooper Hewitt to come up with a visitor technology that emphasized play and spoke to the specificities of a design museum, the concept for the Pen originated from Local Projects working with Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The Pen was pitched as a way to invite visitors to learn about design by designing themselves. Beyond working as a tool for drawing, it would encourage visitors to engage with the works on view in the museum, rather than looking at them through the small screen of the more traditional approach of a ‘museum App’.




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