Furniture Design as Art: Eames Furniture History

Art League Lecture at the KIA with Carla Atwood Hartman - Wednesday, December 12

Posted: November 28, 2012
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Carla Hartman

Carla Atwood Hartman

Carla Atwood Hartman, the granddaughter of Charles and Ray Eames, will discuss the history of the famous Eames furniture design at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts at 10 am on Wednesday, December 12. A tour of Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller will follow at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum after the lecture reception.

Ms. Hartman is a Board member of the Eames Foundation and is also its Director of Education. She collaborates with museums, schools, institutions, and the public to extend the creative legacy of Charles and Ray Eames through interactive programming and exhibitions, publications and product development. In addition she works tirelessly to preserve the Eames House and to expand the public's engagement with this National Historic Landmark located in the Pacific Palisades, California.

In addition to her work for the Foundation, Hartman has been involved in many museum-related projects including serving as a Master Teacher of Architecture, Design & Graphics at the Denver Art Museum, and an Educator-in-Residence at both the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. While much of her current work focuses on the Eames, she also uses chairs - a singular collecting passion - as teaching tools about design and the design process.

The Kalamazoo Art League exists to encourage and support the mission of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and to provide an enrichment program for education in the arts in the form of a lecture series and related art offerings.

The lecture is free for Art League Members/$10 KIA Members/$12 general admission/$3 students with valid college ID.

Early in their careers together, Charles and Ray Eames identified the need for affordable, yet high-quality furniture for the average consumer -- furniture that could serve a variety of uses. For forty years the Eameses experimented with ways to meet this challenge, designing flexibility into their compact storage units and collapsible sofas for the home; seating for stadiums, airports, and schools; and chairs for virtually anywhere.

The traveling exhibit Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller opened at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum on September 9. The exhibit uses vintage and contemporary product displays, storyboard installations, and audiovisual recorded interviews of modern masters of design to underscore the importance of good teamwork. Visitors can explore what collaborative problem-solving looks like based on the team-design process employed at the world-renowned furniture company, Herman Miller, Inc. Visitors will also have the opportunity to engage their own designs with 2-D and 3-D building toys available in the museum gallery.

Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller was organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art, Michigan, in collaboration with The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, through the support of Herman Miller, Inc. The exhibit will remain on display at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum until January 27, 2013.

The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is operated by Kalamazoo Valley Community College and is governed by its Board of Trustees.

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