Would it surprise anyone to hear that my favorite design period of the 20th Century is Mid-Century Modernism? Maybe that is a cliche of design students, but what can I say? Between the colors, the forms, the photography, and the optimism, I say there is a lot to like!
Imagine then my surprise at being assigned Mid-Century Modernism as my final project in Dr. Monica Penick’s History of Design course. I was jazzed to say the least.
I had the privilege of working with several other premier designers on this project. Anna Steinhagen designed the geometric fern pot, Alexander Kim created a wooded box light, Jake Bruner and Dessa Gilbert collaborated on the structure and wallpaper of our space. It seemed like a stress-free group project, and I am indebted to my cohort for their fantastic output.
My contribution was the sculptural flat-pack chair. It shares the same profile as an Eames molded plastic chair but is easy to assemble, sourced from renewables, and transports with ease. My chair, along with the rest of our modeled living room, aimed to take the ideas of Mid-Century Modernism into the 21st Century. In that respect I believe we were successful.
This diorama served to mock up an exhibit at an imaginary design fair akin The Great Exhibition of 1851. It was necessary to mock up a few print materials advertising our project, and I was lucky enough to design our poster featuring my funky looking chair.
That chair has bounced around my head for two years, and I am thrilled to have finally used it in a project. I hope this is not the last time I get to work with such a fascinating period of design.