The Robots are Coming

Is this the year that geeks take over the design world? You might think so, judging by "Design Life Now: National Design Triennal 2006," which runs until July 29 at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City. On display are more than 100 of the most inventive works from the past three years, ranging from new graphics for prescription pill bottles to wardrobes for Madame Butterfly. The exhibit is meant to showcase recent design feats, but it feels futuristic, with a prominent pack of robotic dogs and sci-fi humanoids coming to life among the customary displays of architectural...

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