Mark Dziersk (BFA 1981), managing director of LUNAR’s Chicago office, and Matt Peterson (BFA 2000 and BSEMech 2000), vice president of operations, are honored that LUNAR Design has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Product Design, given to an individual or firm for exceptional and exemplary work in the design of consumer goods, technology, or home and office furnishings.
The National Design Awards jury selected LUNAR for its high level of excellence, innovation and the public impact of their body of work. In describing LUNAR’s design excellence, the award committee stated “LUNAR is a global design and engineering firm that has been creating beautiful, ingenious, and charismatic products and experiences for 30 years. Founded and built by Jeff Smith and Gerard Furbershaw in San Francisco, LUNAR’s work spans consumer, technology, and life science markets for leaders like Oral‑B, Apple, Johnson & Johnson, among other global brands. The team brings together consumer insight, design leadership, and engineering horsepower to deliver successes like the Oral‑B CrossAction toothbrush, market – leading HP computers, and brand-defining genetic sequencers for Illumina. Staying close to its entrepreneurial core, LUNAR has created a variety of new ventures, including Belle‑V, an innovative new brand of kitchen tools introduced on Kickstarter, achieving its funding goal on the first day.”
The National Design Awards were conceived by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to honor the best in American design. Learn more about the awards here.