Series to Examine the Future of American Design

Monday, January 10, 2011
The Raw Clock by Stanley Ruiz (Courtesy MAD)

The Raw Clock by Stanley Ruiz (Courtesy MAD)

Dan Rubinstein, editor-in-chief of Surface magazine, is curating a series of lectures at the Museum of Arts and Design evaluating the future of American furniture design. Dubbed “The Home Front: American Furniture Now,” the five-lecture series begins this Thursday, January 13 as leading furniture retailers present their views on the difficulty selling American design. In March, AN‘s own executive editor Julie Iovine will lead a roundtable panel called “Drafted” on the importance of American design for architects and designers.

Iovine will be discussing American design with Michael Graves, Calvin Tsao, Gisue Hariri, and Jeffrey Burnett to discern their experiences and strategies on design. As MAD says, “Like experienced chefs preferring their ingredients to come from local sources, architects would have the most to gain from a stronger American design scene.”

Rubinstein recently sat down with Dwell for conversation on the event and the problem of American furniture design. At its heart, the event will be tackling the problem of American design: “The different events cater to picking apart the question of what’s wrong with American design. There’s something wrong but we don’t know what it is. We know there’s great design out there and that it exists and those thoughts stem a lot of interesting conversations.”

Find more info on The Home Front lectures at AN’s event Diary:

Jan. 13: In Stock: Why is American Design Such a Hard Sell?

Feb. 7: Making It: Challenges facing the American designer

Mar. 10: Drafted: The Evolving Role of Architects in Furniture Design

Mar: 24: After Class: The First Steps of the American Designer

Apr. 21: American Design Club

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