George Nelson: Local Connection, Personal Recollection

On Oct. 12, members of Design West Michigan and Kendall College of Art and Design students and faculty boarded a bus for a trip to Bloomfield Hills and the Cranbrook Academy of Art to see the George Nelson Exhibit.

Herman Miller’s former design director, George Nelson, created some of the most iconic, modernist furniture of the 20th century. Nelson was responsible for the production of a number of furnishings and interior designs that became modern classics, including the Coconut Chair (1956), the Marshmallow Sofa (1956), the Ball Clock (1947) and the Bubble Lamps (1952 onwards). Organized by the Vitra Design Museum, the exhibition is the first comprehensive retrospective of Nelson’s work. › Read More

The Difference Between Art & Design

On September 6, Design West Michigan in collaboration with ArtPrize, held a panel discussion, “The Difference between Art & Design.” Moderator was Susan Szenasy, Editor-in-Chief of Metropolis magazine, and the panelists were Andrew Blauvelt, Design Director and Curator, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and Joseph Rosa, Director, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor. › Read More