Chee Pearlman

Design curator
Chee Pearlman creates conversations among designers — think of her as as the host of a worldwide, perpetual salon.

Why you should listen

Journalist, conference creator and curator, Chee Pearlman has been a vital voice in the world of design. After a legendary stint as editor-in-chief of I.D. Magazine, and then as director of Chee Company, a New York-based editorial and design consultancy, she is currently the Design Curator at TED. She was a 2011 Harvard Loeb Fellow, and the curator of the acclaimed 2016 exhibition “Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History.”

With David Rockwell, Pearlman was co-curator of the TED2012 session "The Design Studio."

What others say

“I view design as embracive. Everything we interact with, including products, tools, signage, the way we interface with machines and the whole digital technological realm, requires a designer to be the translator between ‘it’ and ‘you’.” — Chee Pearlman

More news and ideas from Chee Pearlman


How to radically craft a stage design

November 28, 2018

It’s Friday afternoon, and TED staffers are cutting and folding strips of white felt, carefully sticking the little strips into grates of chicken wire stapled to wooden frames. On the floor are five large wood panels and some metal pans filled with paint. Just a normal day at TED’s headquarters. In less than a week, […]

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Radical Craft: An electrifying evening of talks from the TED World Theater

November 13, 2018

Craft — in the timeless, universal sense of making — connects us all. We craft our environments, our tools and toys, our transport and communications, our world. At Radical Craft — an evening of talks curated by TED’s design curator, Chee Pearlman, and co-hosted by Pearlman and Stephen DeBerry — seven designers, inventors, artists, musicians and storytellers took […]

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Short talks, big energy: Notes from TED Unplugged at TED2018

April 11, 2018

“This is a little different than the mainstage at TED, in a sense that this is a little more relaxed,” says our host, the poet and TED speaker Clint Smith. “These are speakers who have not been selected specifically for the mainstage, but they’re just as talented, just as brilliant, and just as important.” A […]

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