Taking place during New York Design Week 2019 at the Herman Miller Showroom in Manhattan, Drawings Upon Framework will present the designer’s initial responses to our latest workshop - American Modernism, a Midwest Tour. Pivoting from the past 3 years of exploring Shaker culture and design, the collective is now looking at the next significant movement in American design and sought out on a 5 day journey in the Midwest to explore the early beginnings of American Modernism, visiting various culturally significant sites such as Cranbrook Academy of Art, Herman Miller headquarters and archives, as well as various iconic modernist architectural sites by Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies Van Der Rohe. In February 2019, the collective set out for the Midwest with an interest in the utopian ideals that drove the pioneers of American Modernism.
The Furnishing Utopia collective came to a joint conclusion that the prevailing spirit of that age, when looking to the future, was one of immense positivity and optimism. The essence of modernism is built on a clear respect for the lessons of the past but driven by a vision and a broad passion for questioning the norms and experimentation in the interest of creating a brighter vision for living. This exhibition, Drawing Upon Frameworks, asks 20+ designers to reflect on modernism’s past while embracing the possibilities for the future. The prevailing themes that emerged were frameworks applied to various aspects of life, work and methodologies—specifically, physical and conceptual frameworks that defined a systematic but subjective approach to improving upon people’s way of life.
Exhibit is now on view through Sept 31st at:
Herman Miller Store
251 Park Ave S.
Hours: M-S 11-6 / SUN 12-6
Exhibition made possible by:
Herman Miller - www.hermanmiller.com
Norwegian Consulate General New York - www.norway.no
Exhibit curated by
John & Wonhee Arndt of Studio Gorm
Dylan Davis & Jean Lee of Ladies & Gentlemen Studio
Jean Lee of Ladies & Gentlemen Studio