Exhibit at ICFF 2019, International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Javits Center, NYC, Booth #2739, May 19th thru 22nd, 2019.
At Cranbrook, a new generation of designers see through trans-disciplinary eyes. Old categories of design, art, and craft, interbreed to form new mutations that are comfortable in their in-betweenness. This method has been part of Cranbrook’s DNA from the start, when Mid-century designers like Eames, Saarinen, Bertoia and Knoll borrowed hands-on craft methods and contemporary art practices to revise the ‘machine aesthetic’ of the Bauhaus into a more organic, human vision of Modernism. Today, young designers find their own way to remix language and materials, like a creative science, speaking to a conceptual landscape that accepts complexity. By studying the influence of art and craft on design, the potentials of design begin to mutate and stretch into new directions that question our assumptions about use, form, materials, typology, sensory qualities, and the poetic role of objects.
Designs by Simon Anton, Joong Han Bae, Peng-Chih Chu, Dee Clements, Kyle Joseph, Karen Lee, Erik Magnuson, Cody Norman, Sunny Kim, Phoebe Kuo, Joe Parr, Joseph Shedd, Jaixiang Shen, Yi Zhang.
3D Chair, Designer-in-Residence: Scott Klinker