Thursday, November 3, 2011
Form really does follow function with this most mundane of materials, one that inspired modern architects and designers to transform inexpensive industrial timber into wonders of good design in the 20th century. Beginning with a brief history of the medium and process, this talk—inspired by MoMA's exhibition Plywood: Material, Process, Form—highlights classic examples by Alvar Aalto, Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Sori Yanagi, among others. We will see how designers turned this laminated, low-cost product into a metaphor for modern design's utopian premise: that good design should be affordable to all.
Marianne Eggler (PhD, ABD, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York) is an art historian and a specialist in the history of modern architecture and design, particularly in Weimar-era Germany. A gallery lecturer at MoMA since 1998, she teaches art history and design history courses at The City University of New York, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and Parsons The New School for Design.
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