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

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Live from TED2018

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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Speed of change: The talks of TEDNYC x BMW i

November 20, 2017

The speed of change is a constant in our lives. Sometimes it’s worth slowing things down, to look at what might be changing without us even considering it. To celebrate the efforts of innovators, change-makers and dreamers who are reimagining the future, TED has partnered with BMW i. In a special session of talks hosted by TED […]

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Meet TED2012 guest host Chee Pearlman: A short Q&A

February 28, 2012

For the third consecutive year, TED has invited a guest curator to host a session at the conference. This time, duties have fallen to a duo: design commentator, Chee Pearlman, and architect and founder of Rockwell Group, David Rockwell. The two are collaborating on “The Design Studio,” a session featuring a host of boldface creative […]

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