This is an invitation to the first ever gathering of designers in the Kalamazoo area. Design West Michigan has realized that there is a significant design community in Kalamazoo and they may not know each other. To help resolve that, DWM is hosting a Kalamazoo Designers Gathering with Landscape Forms.
We’ll gather on April 17th 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Landscape Forms, 431 Lawndale Ave, Kalamazoo.
Joe Boomgaard, managing editor of MiBiz will be in attendance and selected area design firms will give short presentations on who they are and what they do. Those firms include; Tower Pinkster, Tekna, Landscape Forms, Eckert Wordell, Thesis.
Designers of all disciplines are invited. Please pass the information along to others you think might be interested. We’d like to know how many might be attending to provide appropriate refreshments. You can RSVP your intentions with an email to John.Berry@designwestmichigan.com
We look forward to this event and an open dialogue on interest in future design based activities in Kalamazoo.
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.
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.