Educated as a mechanical engineer and industrial designer at Iowa State University and the Design Institute of the Illinois Institute of Technology, outdoor furniture designer Schultz joined Knoll Associates in New York in 1951, most famously creating the “petal” table (1960) and the leisure collection (1966), each winners of numerous awards. In 1992 Schultz launched his own company with his son Peter, reissuing his Knoll classics along with such new designs as “Topiary” (1996) and “Wing” (2008). In this exhibition, several works created over half a century are being presented on the Perelman Building's outdoor Café Terrace.
Varied forms, surface decoration, use of glaze for color combined with science and skill shows the full breadth of possibilities as demonstrated by this selection of ceramics from the Museum's collection.
Surveying a series of milestone Alessi collaborations from 1955 to the present, this exhibition focuses on Alessi’s projects with Ron Arad, the Campana Brothers, Achille Castiglioni, Michael Graves, Greg Lynn, Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass, Philippe Starck, Robert Venturi and others. On view will be 150 objects, drawings, historic factory photographs, and videos that document the achievements of the family-owned company’s projects.
The Dutch designer Marcel Wanders (born 1963) is creating a multimedia installation of personally selected objects to represent pivotal points in his career. Using shifting video images, lighting, and sound to illuminate the development of his body of work, Wanders provides the visitor with a unique visual and sensory experience dramatizing the evolution of his designs over the past twenty years.
New films—detailing Wanders’s design process and philosophy in projects ranging from manufactured products, hotel interiors, and design art—make their public premier in this retrospective installation. The soundscape that accompanies the films provides Wanders’s personal views on design.
Cast aluminum with vinyl coated polyester mesh.
Architect and architecture critic for the San Jose Mercury News will lead a discussion about the history of the California ranch house vernacular. The presentation is offered in conjunction with the Museum's current special exhibit, California Living the Sunset Way, 1929 - 1961.
As a closing event to Detour, a traveling exhibition documenting notable architecture and design along 18 Norwegian national tourist routes, this symposium features an afternoon panel with architects and artists from Europe and the United States on the potential of interventions by artists, and architects in both rural and urban settings. A keynote lecture by Peter Zumthor will conclude the symposium. A reception follows.
Not only made in America, the Swell Seating Collection and its pieces are nearly all made in Pennsylvania. The specialized sewing necessary to produce the slings that make up the seats is done at Schultz HQ in Palm, Pennsylvania, in a converted glove factory. Even the vendor who makes the cardboard boxes for shipping this outdoor furniture is just down the road.