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Posted by | Ray Cornelius

First Lady Michelle Obama recently teamed up with the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in hosting a luncheon for the winners of the National Design Awards. The New York City-based museum presented awards along with a design fair for aspiring teens from New York and Washington DC.

This year’s top honorees included Richard Saul Wurman, creator of the TED [Technology, Entertainment and Design] Conferences and Thom Browne, designer of the Black Fleece line for men and women by Brooks Brothers. Other awards were given in the areas of interior design, product design, and landscaping.

Mrs. Obama applauded the nation’s top designers for helping to improve the daily lives of people through their work.

“Every day, these visionary designers are pushing boundaries, creating and revealing beauty where we least expect it and helping us all lead healthier, more sustainable lives,” Obama said. “From the clothes we wear to the technologies we use to the public spaces we enjoy, their work affects just about every aspect of our lives.”