Brooklyn, NY, Industrial Designer
American designer Scott Henderson heads up the New York-based design studio Scott Henderson Inc., and is the principal and co-founder of MINT, where he designs, manufactures and distributes home accessory objects to over 350 retailers and museums throughout the world. His museum clients include The Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the London Design Museum. Most recently, Henderson has been tapped as the Partner-Country designer to create a globally significant space at Messe Frankfurt’s Ambiente design fair in Frankfurt in February 2015.
One of the most impressive outcomes of this designer’s sensibilities is his talent for transforming the mundane. He believes that if something makes you smile it becomes easier (not to mention more fun) to use! With over 50 patents spread between the United States and Europe for projects that have birthed housewares and home accessories, consumer medical products, electronics and even aircraft, it’s no wonder his work has been widely recognized in exhibitions, awarded voluminously and featured heartily in the global press.
As an example of the media buzz he has received, his designs have been featured in The New York Times Magazine’s roundup of the 20th century’s best designs; in I.D. magazine’s Annual Design Review (an impressive eight times); and in Metropolitan Home’s special issue, The Design 100 (twice). He’s received multiple Gold, Silver and Bronze IDSAs (Industrial Design Excellence Awards); two GOLD Medical Design Excellence Awards; and a CES, a Good Design and Messe Frankfurt Ambiente’s Design Plus award. Henderson’s work was exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum when six of his products were included for their National Design Triennial titled “Inside Design Now.”
His speaking engagements include three keynote addresses at IDSA Conferences in Atlanta, Chicago and Providence, Rhode Island; and a keynote presentation 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 for the Arts and Fast Company magazine. He is widely published, with articles on the importance of design included 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. Given Henderson believes design is not a discussion of form versus function–it’s about thinking and the quality of the big idea–can you imagine our happiness that he agreed to be a Global Lighting tastemaker? He chose the Secto Octo 4240 as his product pick.