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Scott Henderson is an American designer who heads the New York based design studio Scott Henderson Inc. and is also Principal of Scott Henderson Design LLC (formerly MINT NYC) where he designs, manufactures and distributes home accessory objects to over 350 retailers and museums throughout the world including The Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati and the National Gallery.   

Scott is known for his ability to transform the mundane. He believes that if something makes you smile it becomes easier to use.  

With over 50 patents in the U.S. and Europe for projects as diverse as housewares and home accessories to consumer electronics, and furniture, his work has been widely recognized in exhibitions, awards programs and in the press.

Scott Henderson’s designs were featured in The Shock of the Familiar-- the New York Times Magazine’s summary of the 20th century’s best designs. His work has been included in I.D. Magazine’s Annual Design Review eight times, twice in Metropolitan Home’s special issue, The Design 100, multiple GOLD, SILVER and Bronze awards from the IDSA Industrial Design Excellence Awards, two GOLD Medical Design Excellence Awards, as well as CES and Good Design Awards. The Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum has exhibited Henderson’s work repeatedly, including six of Henderson’s products in their National Design Triennial — “Inside Design Now”.

Scott Henderson is a sought-after presenter both nationally and internationally and was a keynote speaker at three IDSA Conferences in Atlanta, Chicago and Providence, RI. He was also a keynote presenter at the Japan Society’s symposium entitled “Universal Design, Design for all People”. He has been a guest on the Sunday morning network news show, Business Week–Money Talks, and was featured in The Corporate Design Foundation’s documentary entitled The Business Edge, sponsored in part by the National Endowment of the Arts and Fast Company Magazine.

Henderson also published many articles on the importance of design in periodicals such as Innovation, the quarterly journal of the Industrial Designers Society of America, as well as in the Design Management Institute’s Design Management Journal. He has served as Chairman of the Industrial Designers Society of America National Conference.

For Scott, design is not a discussion of form versus function; it’s about thinking and the quality of the big idea.

Awards

Moleskine Detour Project
Featured in the 2011 / 2012 exhibition Detour, by Moleskine
“The Detour Book”, a compendium of the exhibition published in November, 2012

Skip Hop Hare Comb and Brush Set
2010 IDEA Award Finalist

Microsoft Cucina Hardware Study
2009 IDEA Award Finalist

Recipient of the 2009 NED Honors Professional Award
for providing “outstanding design and significant influence on the field worldwide”.

Vicks Forehead Digital Thermometer: 2007, KAZ Vicks
Winner of a 2008 IDEA Award
Exhibition, Cameron Museum of Art in Wilmington, NC
Winner of a 2007 GOLD Medical Design Excellence Award

Splash Bottle Dryer for Skip Hop:  2006, Skip Hop Inc.
Winner of a 2008 IDEA Award
“Best Product of the Year” by Fit Pregnancy Magazine for 2006-07

Casabella Grip Rake: 2008, Casabella Inc.
Winner of a 2009 IDEA Award
Winner of the Best of Category 2009 Houswares Design Award from the International Housewares Association
Winner of a 2008 Design Defined Award from the International Housewares Association

Charge 2 Go Portable Power Device:  2006, Charge 2 Go Inc.
Winner of a 2007 Consumer Electronics (CES) Design and Innovation Award

Polder Z-Series Ironing Board:  2005, Polder Inc.
“Design Distinction” award from the 2005 ID Magazine Annual Design Review

Mint “COINK” Piggy Bank: 2005, for Mint Inc.
“Honorable Mention” award from the 2005 ID Magazine Annual Design Review

Mint “Full Contact” Spice Grinder: 2005, for Mint Inc.
Winner of a 2004 SILVER IDEA award
“Honorable Mention” award from the 2004 ID Magazine Annual Design Review

Chantal Pro Design Teakettle:  2004, Chantal
Winner of a 2004 “Good Design Award”, from the Chicago Athenaeum.
Winner of a 2004 Platinum ADEX Award for Design Excellence by The Design Journal

Vicks Infant Rectal Digital Thermometer: 2004, KAZ Vicks
Winner of a 2004 SILVER IDEA award
Winner of a 2004 GOLD Medical Design Excellence Award

Mint “Ribbon” Bottle Opener: 2004, Mint Inc.
Received a “Honorable Mention” award from the 2004 ID Magazine Annual Design Review

Vicks Underarm Digital Thermometer: 2003, KAZ Vicks
Winner of a 2003 GOLD IDEA award
Winner of a 2003 GOLD Medical Design Excellence Award
Selected as one of the 25 best products of the year by Fortune Magazine for 2004
Winner of a 2003 “Good Design Award”, from the Chicago Athenaeum.

Mint “Ensalada” Salad Serving Set: 2003, Umbra LTD.
Winner of a GOLD IDEA award
Winner of the “Best of Canada” Design Award.

WOVO “Twist” Bowl, and related line extensions: 2002, WOVO
International Design Yearbook, Volume 18
Metropolitan Home’s Design 100, in April, 2003
“Design Plus” 1st place award at the Messe Frankfurt Ambiente Fair
As the subject of Crate and Barrel’s “Twist and Shout” ad campaign

Suction Cup Soap Dish, part of the Suction Cup Bathroom Storage line of accessories: 2001-02, OXO
Winner of a GOLD IDEA award
Winner of a “Design Distinction” award in the 2002 ID Magazine Annual Design Review
1st Place Awards at the Messe Frankfurt Ambiente fair
Selected for the National Design Triennial Exhibition, “Inside Design Now”, at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, 2003

WOVO Thermal Carafe: 2001, WOVO
Received a “Design Distinction” award from the 2002 ID Magazine Annual Design Review.
Selected for the National Design Triennial Exhibition, “Inside Design Now”, at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, 2003

WOVO Salad Servers: 2001, WOVO
Received a “Design Distinction” award from the 2002 ID Magazine Annual Design Review.
“Mood River” exhibition at the Wexler Center for the Arts, 2002
International Design Yearbook, Volume 17

OXO Spice Grinder System: 2001, OXO
Winner of a 2000 SILVER IDEA Award
Recognized in the 2000 ID Magazine Annual Design Review

Capshare Information Appliance (hand held scanner): 1999, Hewlett Packard Corporation
Winner of a 1999 SILVER IDEA Award

“ScanJet 3400cse” Flat Bed Scanner: 2000, Hewlett Packard Corporation
Selected for the National Design Triennial Exhibition, “Inside Design Now”, at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, 2003

Natural Grip Bread Knife: 1998, OXO
Recognized in the 1998 ID Magazine Annual Design Review
Recipient of an International Housewares Association Gold Award in 1998

Video Game Controllers: 1996, Alps Electric and VM Labs
Smithsonian Institution, in museum’s permanent collections 1997
1998 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Award
“Best Overall Game Pad” in December, 1996 by Video Game Advisor Magazine

Dust Brush and Pan, and Bathroom Squeegee: 1996, OXO
One of the best design’s of the 20th Century, Museum of Modern Art, selected by Paola Antonelli
“Good Design Award”, from the Chicago Athenaeum in 1997
Award for Excellence in Universal Design from the National Endowment of the Arts, 1997

Cuisinart Line – Hand Blender, Tea Steeper and Coffee Maker: 1995-98, Cuisinart Corporation
Selected for the National Design Triennial Exhibition, “Inside Design Now”, at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, 2003
Selected for the 1998 exhibition “Unlimited by Design”, at the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design, Smithsonian Institution.
Recipient of an award for Excellence in Universal Design from the National Endowment of the Arts in 1997
Recognized in the 1995 ID Magazine Annual Design Review and again in the 1999 ID Magazine Annual Design Review.

Scott Henderson