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| 5. Access + Ability | Things in the Slow and Steady Wins the Race Time Capsule for 2017

There are 5 days remaining in 2017 so we thought we would countdown and share with you some of the items and ideas we would put in our time capsule. For us they straddle the very specific space of the timely with the timeless; sometimes sublimely anachronistic, fundamentally classic, and are reflective of a value system we hold true to.

The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum’s current exhibit: Access + Ability, is a “platform for the growing movement toward accessibility and inclusive design”.


These prosthetic leg covers adorn and add a human silhouette to artificial limbs. Intended as a fashion accessory, the goal is to give amputees choice to select from a large variety of colors and patterns and the ability to shop in the same way they choose clothes.

Access+Ability is made possible in part by support from Esme Usdan Exhibition Endowment Fund, Cooper Hewitt Master’s Program Fund, and August de los Reyes.
Access+Ability is presented in partnership with New York City’s Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities.

On view until September 18, 2018.



| TIME | National Design Award for Fashion Design, 2017

SLOWAND STEADY WINS THE RACE is honored to be the 2017 recipient of the National Design Awards in Fashion Design conceived by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to honor lasting achievement in American design. This year also marks the fifteenth year anniversary of the inception of our studio. Over the years we have continued to refine our ten core values, investigating design through utility, integrity, simplicity, reliability, materiality, care, concept, curiosity, quality, and longevity. True design integrity is undeniable in its presence and purpose. It is what makes our foundation. Design has the power to be timely and timeless, unique and universal, ageless and cross-cultural. As a living archive and now best represented as a thesaurus of wearable design, Slow and Steady Wins the Race will continue to focus on the fundamentals of clothing and accessory design while making a commentary on the cultural anthropology of fashion, dress and function. Thank you for joining us on this journey.


The Awards are bestowed in recognition of excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life. First launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council, the annual Awards program celebrates design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of the impact of design through education initiatives.


New York–based designer Mary Ping founded Slow and Steady Wins the Race in 2002, following the launch of her eponymous collection in 2001. The work is a continuous investigation into the elements of what we wear, how we wear it, and why. Each collection contains a commentary on the cultural anthropology of modern fashion, focusing on the fundamental characteristics of design within a wardrobe. Ping was inducted into the CFDA in 2007, and is a winner of the Ecco Domani Award and UPS Future of Fashion. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Museum at FIT, the RISD Museum, Deste Foundation, and the Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette.




| Item | Chair from the Cooper Hewitt collection

Cabbage Chair


A poetic transformation of industrial waste

Posted by Ellen Lupton on Thursday October 17, 2013

The Cabbage chair was created for an exhibition organized in Japan by Issey Miyake, who challenged his contemporaries to conceive of new products for the twenty-first-century. What types of furniture and objects are appropriate, Miyake asked, for people who “don’t just wear clothes, but shed their skin?” He invited Oki Sato of Nendo to find a use for pleated paper, a material employed to process the signature fabric featured in Miyake’s garments. Vast amounts of this material are discarded as a by-product of the manufacturing process. The Cabbage chair is a compact roll of paper that the user opens up and peels back, layer by layer, to create a soft and resilient enclosure for the body. Resins added to the paper during the original production process give it strength and memory, while the pleats make the paper springy and elastic. The poetic and practical Cabbage chair is a direct, minimal transformation of an industrial waste product. Its pod-like skin unfurls to reveal a luxuriant and expansive interior. It has no internal armature, and it requires no finishing, assembly, or hardware.

– See more at: http://www.cooperhewitt.org/object-of-the-day/2013/10/17/poetic-transformation-industrial-waste#sthash.omUxdacl.dpuf