2005-2006 Design Matters conversation series

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The Museum of California Design presents DESIGN MATTERS, a lively series of five conversations about design between an outstanding designer or provocative design commentator and a lively moderator with the active participation of the audience.

These conversations will explore the profound effect design has on our everyday lives: how the color, shape and composition of the objects around us influence our bodies, our minds and our spirits. The participants are journalists, authors and design professionals who have made significant contributions to our understanding of this important aspect of the human condition.

A reception will follow each event.
Seating is limited. Reservations are strongly advised.
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conversation series call 323.930.2700.

Location:  Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Avenue, Conference Center,2nd Floor
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Admission:  $12, students $5
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From top to bottom: “Rippled” Platter, 1936
May and Vieve Hamilton
Vernon Kilns
Vernon, California
The "Original" Hollow Body Electric Guitar, 2005
RKS Design
Thousand Oaks, Californa
“Stingray” Seat, 1993
Lisa Krohn
Krohn Design
Los Angeles, California
Photography: Felis Stella
© Museum of California Design, 2005
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The 2005-2006

Wednesday, November 16, 2005


Michael Payne, interior designer and host of the television series "Designing for the Sexes" and the author of "Let’s Ask Michael," will be the guest speaker at the first conversation of the Museum of California Design’s five-part "Design Matters" conversation series. The topic of Payne’s discussion with moderator Bill Stern, director of the Museum of California Design, will be "DESIGNING WITH THE SEXES IN MIND." This provocative subject will explore the effect of gender and orientation on the design of the environments we live in and the objects we live with -- from armchairs to armoires -- and on the way we use those objects in our homes and offices.

Design professionals, design aficionados and design students are likely to find that Michael Payne’s experience makes him especially suited to discussing this challenging subject: How does the professional designer accommodate the tastes of each individual and each couple?

Michael Payne established Michael Payne Design following his graduation from the UCLA interior design program in 1980 and now teaches an interior design seminar at UCLA. In 2004 Payne entered into a partnership with the Powell Company and the initial Michael Payne Collection by Powell was introduced at the High Point Furniture Market in April 2005. 

Michael Payne
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
WHERE STUFF COMES FROMHarvey Molotch will explore the ways in which the look, the touch, and the mechanics of any product reflect how our culture and economy combine: to him, a toaster is not just a toaster, but a map to the world. He believes that if we want more socially and environmentally benign products, we need to better understand the product system we have now. And he contends that a new design politics can result in a better world.Molotch is the Director of the Program in Metropolitan Studies and Professor of Sociology and Metropolitan Studies at New York University. He was Assistant Professor and then Professor of Sociology and Chair of Sociology at the University ofCalifornia , Santa Barbara . Molotch has a BA in Philosophy from the University of Michigan , an MA in Sociology from theUniversity of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Sociology from theUniversity of Chicago . Among his numerous awards are: the 2003 Lifetime Career Achievement Award from the American Sociological Association (Urban & Community Studies Section); the Eastern Sociological Society’s 2004 Mirra Komarovsky Award for "Where Stuff Comes From." 
Harvey Molotch    
  Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Jeff Weinstein says: "The dinnerware one chooses or uses is a telling stage for the eater as much as for what is eaten. Even the simplest of daily objects must be imagined, fashioned, produced, and marketed: in other words, designed. One may think a dinner plate is a blank slate, but under sympathetic scrutiny it can provide as much social history as -- and probably more pleasure than -- many an academic text." We’ll see.Weinstein, who is fine arts editor and popular culture columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, also says that he is "on speaking terms with more kinds of dinnerware than he ever could have anticipated." In 1972 he began writing restaurant reviews in San Diego and from 1979 to ’95 was food critic and essayist for New York’s Village Voice, whose arts and architecture coverage he edited. Weinstein has written for the New Yorker, Art in America, Los Angeles Magazine, the Advocate, Artforum magazine and many other publications. His books, "Life in San Diego" and "Learning to Eat," were published by Sun & Moon Press. Weinstein claims that he and his partner, critic and artist John Perreault, "have acquired more examples of 20th century American dinnerware than is reasonable or sensible." Their daily meals are served on gray-green stoneware designed by Glidden Parker in Alfred, New York, in the 1950s.
  Jeff Weinstein    
  Wednesday, March 15, 2006
STICKY, STRETCHY, SQUISHY: DESIGNING FOR CHILDRENLisa Krohn, an award-winning industrial designer and mother of a 5-year-old-girl, believes that "kids are capricious and the ultimate sensualists." In "Sticky, Stretchy, Squishy: Designing For Children" -- a with conversation Bill Stern, the Museum of California Design’s executive director -- Krohn explores what she means when she says that "creating useful things for the very young requires the ingenious use of texture, color and scale, and -- most of all -- magic." Krohn is a principal of Krohn Design whose products – including furniture for adults and children -- are in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Among her clients are Herman Miller, Alessi and Walt Disney Imagineering.Krohn, who earned an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, was awarded an NEA Design Arts grant, the Grand Prize in the Forma Finlandia design competition, a Fulbright to work with Mario Bellini in Rome, the Brooklyn Museum Young Designer's Award, the Daimler Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design and the Rome Prize.

Lisa Krohn    
  Wednesday, April 19, 2006
CALIFORNIA DESIGN: THE ART OTHE EVERYDAYFrances Anderton, host of 89.9 KCRW radio’s "DnA: Design and Architecture" will engage Bill Stern, director of the Museum of California Design, in a lively discussion about how California -- freed from the constraints of East-Coast and European conventions – became one of America’s preeminent design centers.The program will begin with a photographic survey of the origins of California design and its revolutionary contributions to American life in the 20th – and now the 21st – centuries. Anderton and Stern will then explore the reasons for the unparalleled development of commercial design in California and the impact California design has had on the way we live now.
Anderton and Stern will then explore the breadth of California design from cups to cars, chairs to guitars, teapots to laptops. They will also look at the ways in which advances in materials and technology, along with major developments in California architecture, have impacted commercial design in California. Among the designers whose work will be discussed the following are expected to be present: Don Chadwick, Gregg Fleishman, Gere Kavanaugh, Henry Keck, Lisa Krohn, Charles Hollis Jones, Peter Shire and Barbara Willis.In addition to hosting "DnA," Frances Anderton is a regular contributor to the New York Times, and is the Los Angeles Editor for Dwell magazine. She produces 89.9 KCRW's radio shows, "To The Point" and "Which Way, LA?," hosted by Warren Olney. She was an editor on LA Now, and has written several books including: Pop Architecture; Under Construction, and Las Vegas: A Guide to Contemporary Architecture (with John Chase). She has been a guest or moderator on many panels at cultural institutions in Los Angeles, including REDCAT, Arttable, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Skirball Institute, USC, the LA Forum, the Westside Urban Forum and Architectural Digest's Architecture Days/LA..Bill Stern curated "California Pottery: From Missions to Modernism," (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art , 2001; Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, 2003-2004) and "Mid-Century Mandarin: The Clay Canvases of Tyrus Wong" (Los Angeles’ Craft & Folk Art Museum, 2004) and is the author of "California Pottery: From Missions to Modernism." His has written for Los Angeles Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, the Journal of the American Art Pottery Association and other publications and has spoken about design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art , the Japanese American National Museum, the American Ceramics Circle’s 49th Annual Symposium at the Getty Center and elsewhere.

For additional information about the Museum of California Design and the DESIGN MATTERS conversation series phone 323.930.2700.

Frances Anderton    
  Bill Stern    
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