The first lady teamed up with TV's Tim Gunn on Tuesday to honor the nation's top designers - including the creators of popular computer fonts and floor-cleaning products - at the White House.
Obama hosted a luncheon for winners of the National Design Awards. The awards are presented by the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York.
Obama says the nation's top designers have "breathed new life" into American homes, offices, clothes and everyday products. She invited 15 high school students to join top names from fashion, architecture and other fields to inspire the students to follow suit.
Gunn - of "Project Runway" fame - hosted a teen fair at the Smithsonian to introduce students to careers in design.