Visual Arts

OH SAY CAN’T YOU SEE: What Happened to American Design?

A Washington, DC International Design Festival Free Public Program

SAT APR 20 / 5-6:30PM
Dome Theatre

Q&A and reception to follow panel discussion
Moderator: David Sokol, design journalist
Panelists: Annie Groer, design journalist; Josh Owen, chair of the Industrial Design Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology (NY); Scott Mason, design director, David Edward; Tom Shiner, architect and founder of Museum & Library Furniture; Jason Schupbach, design director for the National Endowment for the Arts (DC)

How often do you flip an object over to find that it is not made in America? Most likely you will find it stamped “made in China, Vietnam or Korea.” Like anything we covet, we want to know its country of origin. Why do we equate luxury with Italy or ingenuity with the Netherlands or quality with Germany? When American design is mentioned, what thoughts come to mind? Throughout time, every country has created its own visual language, one that can be easily recognized and many times sought after. American design has gone through myriad ups and downs over the years and is now seeing a resurgence. This panel discussion will explore the leading trends in American design and who the top contenders are who set those trends. From the contract market, where much of the resourcefulness and sales come from, to the residential field, where designers are pushing the boundaries of imagination, American Design fuses craftsmanship with originality to create a particular characteristic that formally may have been more difficult to define.
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