Ralph Rapson (Architecture ’40) was not a native Minnesotan—he was born in Michigan in 1914—yet it is hard to find another individual who has had as far-reaching an influence on the state’s design culture. A nationally respected architect with international projects under his belt by midcentury, he turned down the directorship of the Institute of Design in Chicago and moved to Minneapolis to head the University of Minnesota’s School of Architecture from 1954 to 1984. When he passed away in 2008, […]
TESSELLATE is the gallery operated by Elise DeChard (Architecture ’17) in Pontiac. The Ice Palace exhibition features work (all created in ice!) by more than a dozen Academy alumni and current students including: Torey Akers (Painting ’16), Molly Aubry (Print Media ’18), Eric Broz (Sculpture ’17), Jim Bullard (Print Media ’17), Rachel Deboard (Painting ’17), Mark Dineen (3D Design ’13), Sabastian Duncan-Portuondo (Fiber ’18), Lorena Cruz Santiago (Photography ’19), Rachel Ferber (Fiber ’18), Margaret Hull (Fiber ’16), Rachel Pontious (Painting ’17), and Anjuli Wright (Ceramics ’17).
In Detroitisit artists Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert (Architecture ’03) spoke about making art in an the article, “The Art of Hoarding.” A married art duo known jointly as Design99—are among the most contemporary generation in a longstanding interventionist tradition of Detroit “house art,” which stretches back into the 1960s. In the “Banglatown” neighborhood, Reichert and Cope have been converting houses in their neighborhood into interactive works, collectively know as Power House Productions. In addition to the works that have evolved out of […]
Metropolis Magazine’s Vice President of Design Paul Makovsky reflects on the lessons to be learned from Cranbrook’s Florence Knoll contributions to architecture and design. According to the article, as a pioneer of interior and furniture design and a successful entrepreneur, she is one of the most influential architects and designers of postwar America, yet her mark on Modern design transcends any one of these fields. Her studies at Kingswood and Cranbrook Academy of Art during the 1930s impressed upon her a human-centered design approach.Her studies at Kingswood and Cranbrook Academy of Art during the 1930s impressed upon her a human-centered design approach.
Cultured Magazine focuses on architect Ania Jaworska (Architecture ’09) when discussing a category of architecture these days that isn’t really about building structures to live and work in. It’s more about a conceptual practice that exists in a misty middle ground between art and architecture—think of Snarkitecture, among many others, doing fascinating work in this zone.
Jaworska has designed arenas and stadiums in the past, but she has lately tended toward big thinking about how we do (and don’t) […]
Alumni Yuan Chieh Yang (Architecture ’15), Benas Burdulis (Architecture ’16), and Emil Froege (Architecture ’15) have been working on through the SPACE10 Lab created by IKEA. The architects came up with three divergent yet equally innovative solutions to address the fundamental issue that plagues digital production: an apparent lack of a “human touch.” In a Post-Fordist world increasingly dominated by customization, this investigation holds obvious importance for a company which deals primarily in mass-produced ready-to-assemble products; however, with its advocation for the infusion of dying classical craft techniques into the digital manufacturing process, the experiment could be meaningful for many other reasons.
Ania Jaworska (Architecture ’09) is interviewed in Sight Unseen. See her work in our exhibition Cranbrook: A New Domestic Landscape currently on display Cranbrook Art Museum. Jaworska is also currently a MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program finalist.
There is a great story on the extraordinary life of Florence Knoll Bassett and her deep connections to Cranbrook in Artsy. According to Aileen Kwun, “Anyone who appreciates and recognizes classic designs from the mid-century period (or even the mid-century-inspired sets of Mad Men) has Knoll Bassett to thank for revolutionizing the way we live and work in the modern home and office.”