Michael Graves (1934 – 2015) – American architect and industrial designer

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Michael Graves (1934 – 2015) was an architect and industrial designer from the United States. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and lived and worked in Princeton, New Jersey.

Education

Graves graduated from Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis in 1952 and earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Cincinnati in 1958.

Biography

He worked as an artist on 10th Street in New York in the late 1950s and early 1960s, sharing a studio with Richard Meier. He taught architecture at Princeton University as the Schirmer Professor of Architecture beginning in 1962. In 1964, he established his architecture firm in Princeton, New Jersey. Classical art and Cubist painting influenced his early work. He used colour to create a metaphorical landscape with his structures. Known only for his drawings until 1982, when his Post-Modern Public Services Building in Portland, Oregon was completed, he was a member of the ‘New York Five’ group of architects in the early 1970s.

(The other architects in the ‘New York Five’ were Richard Meier, John Hejduk, Peter Eisenman, and Charles Gwathmey.) Graves was better known for his furniture and furnishings than for his architecture at this point. Sunar Hauserman created his first furniture collection in 1977. He created widely published furniture designs for Memphis in the early 1980s, including the 1981 Plaza dressing table. His 1985 stainless-steel teapot for Alessi, with its ‘fledgeling’ whistle, became a popular Post-Modern design icon, selling over 500,000 pieces. Saways & Moroni created the MG2 armchair and MG3 club chair in 1985.

Graves’ designs were influenced by mass-produced goods from the 1930s and 1940s, early 19th-century neo-classical designs, and the Wiener Werkstatte.

He and ten other architects/designers created services for the Alessi Tea and Coffee Piazza project in 1983. He created carpet designs for Vorwerk’s Dialog collection in 1988 and ceramics by Swid Powell, including the 1985 Big Dripper coffee pot. Kenneth Smith’s Arkitektura firm produced his 1989 Kyoto Collection of furniture. Dunbar made his furniture for the Disney corporate offices in 1990, but he designed it earlier.

  • In 1993, he opened his retail store in Princeton, New Jersey. 
  • He created the Mickey Mouse teapot in 1993.
  • Architecture in the United States included the 1967 Hanselmann house in Fort Wayne, Indiana; 
  • The 1972 Snyderman house in Fort Wayne, Indiana; 
  • The 1977-78 Fargo-Moorhead Cultural Center; 
  • the 1978 New Children’s Museum; 
  • The 1979—82 Public Services Building in Portland, Oregon; 
  • The 1982—85 Humana building in Louisville, Kentucky; the 1990 Newark Museum wing; 
  • The 1989 Disney World Dolphin Hotel and the 1990 Swan Hotel in Orlando, Florida; and 
  • The 1990 Swan Hotel in Orlando, Florida. 
  • 1989-90 Whitney Museum of American Art addition; 
  • Emory University Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; 
  • San Juan Capistrano, California library; and 
  • Pegase di Domaine Clos winery in Napa Valley, California. 
  • Graves and his colleagues created the resort site plan, Euro Disneyland, Marne-la-Vallée, where he designed the New York Hotel. 

He mixed Biedermeier furniture with his designs in his own home.

Later years

Graves retired as a Princeton University architecture professor in 2001, but he remained active in his architecture and design firm. During the last decade of his life, he also became an advocate for the disabled. Graves’ use of a wheelchair increased his awareness of the needs of the disabled after he became paralysed from the waist down in 2003 as a result of a spinal cord infection. Graves adapted his home to meet his accessibility needs and resumed his architectural and design work after weeks of hospitalisation and physical therapy. In addition to other types of buildings and household products, Graves designed wheelchairs, hospital furnishings, hospitals, and disabled veteran’s housing.

Recognition

  • In 1979 Graves was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
  • Graves served as a trustee of the American Academy in Rome and was the president of its Society of Fellows from 1980 to 1984.
  • In 1986 Graves received the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement.
  • In 1994 he was awarded the American Prize for Architecture.
  • President Bill Clinton awarded Graves the National Medal of Arts in 1999.
  • Graves was voted GQ’s Man of the Year in 1999.
  • Graves was awarded the American Institute of Architects’ AIA Gold Medal in 2001. His career was also recognised with an AIA Presidential Citation and the Topaz Medallion from the AIA/ACSA.
  • Graves was the first recipient of the Michael Graves Lifetime Achievement Award from the AIA-NJ.
  • Graves received honorary degrees from the University of Miami in 2001.
  • In 2002 the Indiana Historical Society named Graves as an Indiana Living Legend
  • .In 2009, Graves was named a Design Futures Council Senior Fellow, one of the twelve honorees selected that year.
  • In 2010 Graves was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
  • The Center for Health Design and Healthcare Design magazine recognised Graves as one of the top twenty-five “most influential people in healthcare design” in 2010.
  • Graves was named the Driehaus Architecture Prize in 2012.
  • Graves was awarded an honorary degree from Emory University in 2013.
  • From October 13, 2014, to April 5, 2015, in honour of the fiftieth anniversary of Graves’s firm, Michael Graves Architecture and Design, the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey, held a retrospective exhibition, “Michael Graves: Past as Prologue.”
  • On November 22, 2014, the Architectural League of New York held a daylong symposium in his honour at the Parsons School of Design. Several prominent architects, such as Steven Holl and Peter Eisenman, as well as Graves, served as guests and lecturers.
  • In 2015 the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum posthumously awarded Graves a National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The Design Encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

Wikipedia contributors. (2021, April 27). Michael Graves. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23:32, May 19, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Michael_Graves&oldid=1020152698

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    From 1981, he designed a series· of digital clocks, radios, and lighting for his own firm Parenthesis. His 1984 Andante deconstructed radio was executed with colourful separate parts housed in a clear plastic bag to be wall-hung. It was part of the Anthologie collection for Quartett.Read More →

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    Pedro Miralles (1955 – 1993) Spanish architect and designer

    In Madrid, he encountered people associated with postmodern culture, including architect Rafael Moneo, his university professor, and members of the Madrid movida movement, such as film director Pedro Almodóvar and fashion designer Jess del Well.Read More →

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  • Grant Featherston (1922 – 1995) Australian Designer

    Grant Featherston (1922 – 1995) Australian Designer

    He was born in Geelong, Victoria. In 1965, he married Mary Bronwyn Currey, an English-born interior designer, and the pair worked closely as interior designers for many decades. Between 1938-39, Featherston designed decorative-glass panels for Oliver-Davey Glass, Melbourne, and 1939-40 lighting for Newton and Gray, Melbourne. Read More →

  • Tias Eckhoff (1926 – 2016) Norwegian designer, metalworker, ceramicist

    Tias Eckhoff (1926 – 2016) Norwegian designer, metalworker, ceramicist

    Tias Eckhoff (1926 – 2016) was a well-known industrial designer in Norway. His production was constrained, but many of his products have endured as timeless design classics. In addition to the design of RBM Ana, RBM Bella, and Low-back Bella, he was also responsible for the famous Maya cutlery and Glohane tableware, to name a few of the solid works that are well-established in Norwegian design history.Read More →

  • Le Corbusier Swiss born architect designer and theorist

    Le Corbusier Swiss born architect designer and theorist

    Born Charles Édouard Jeanneret, Swiss-born architect, designer and theorist, Le Corbusier was one of the most influential artistic figures in 20th-century architecture, publisher of the Esprit Nouveau Modernist newspaper in 1920, author of several influential books including Vers une architecture (1923), L’art décoratif d’aujourd’hui (1925) and Les 5 points d (CIAM). He also coined the principle that ‘a machine for living in’ was the modern home.Read More →

  • Marc Newson’s Aluminum Chair for Knoll

    Marc Newson’s Aluminum Chair for Knoll

    Honoring the cantilevered chairs of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the Newson Aluminum Chair, 90 years later, is a forward-looking expression that synthesizes simplicity, material and precision, in the Modernist tradition.Read More →

  • Emilio Ambasz Argentine architect and designer

    Emilio Ambasz Argentine architect and designer

    Emilio Ambasz is an Argentinean who studied architecture at Princeton University from 1960 to 1965, worked at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York from 1970 to 1975 as Curator of Design arranged the landmark Italy: The New Domestic Landscape Exhibition in 1972.Read More →

  • Sori Yanagi – Japanese Industrial Designer

    Sori Yanagi – Japanese Industrial Designer

    Sori Yanagi (1915-2011) was an industrial designer from Japan. Although previously trained as a fine artist and worked in an architectural studio, Yanagi went on to study industrial design in 1947.Read More →

  • Brooks Stevens (1911 – 1995) American Industrial Designer

    Brooks Stevens (1911 – 1995) American Industrial Designer

    Brooks Stevens was an American industrial designer. He was born in Wisconsin and was active in Milwaukee. He studied at Cornell University in Utica, New York.Read More →

  • George Sakier (1897 – 1965) American Industrial Designer

    George Sakier (1897 – 1965) American Industrial Designer

    George Sakier (1897 – 1965) was a multifaceted artist who worked as an interior designer,Read More →

  • Massimo Vignelli designer of subway maps to corporate logos

    Massimo Vignelli designer of subway maps to corporate logos

    Massimo Vignelli and his wife Leila, an architect, were considered a husband and wife team credited with introducing restrained, European fashion and taste in America in the 1970s.Read More →

  • Adalberto Dal Lago (b.1937) – Italian Architect and designer

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    Adalberto Dal Lago is an Italian architect and designer: born and active Milan. He was an assistant, Facolta di Architettura, Politecnico di Milano from 1964-70 and subsequently chair of interior design and then of the elements of composition. He published books on design and Modern architecture. The European Council commissioned him and architect Marco Zanus to publish a postwar European design book. Read More →

  • Piero Polato (b.1936) Italian Industrial Designer

    Piero Polato (b.1936) Italian Industrial Designer

    At ISIA, Urbano, Polato taught metallurgy. He wrote books about design education. Saiet, Avancart, Pellizzari, RAI, Televisione Svizzera Italiana, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Franco Rosso International, Fratelli Coppola, Furla, Mursia Editore, Robots, Zucchi, Il Bustese, and Muncherner Ruck were among his clientele. He was an ADI member (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale).Read More →

  • The brains and Braun of designer Dieter Rams

    The brains and Braun of designer Dieter Rams

    The way Dieter Rams tell it good design boils down to something as simple durability. Okay, not durability alone. A Well-designed piece is so self-explanatory that figuring out how to use it as simple as looking at it. And a design develops from the inside out because it involves not only aesthetics but also function.Read More →

  • Carlo Mollino (1905 – 1973) Italian architect and designer

    Carlo Mollino (1905 – 1973) Italian architect and designer

    Today, Carlo Mollino seems just as important as when he was alive. The designer left his mark on the world of industrial design of the 20th century through one of a kind objects, incorporating new techniques and materials produced rather than batch productions in the form of collector’s items.Read More →

  • Giancarlo Pozzi (1924 – ) Italian Industrial Designer

    Giancarlo Pozzi (1924 – ) Italian Industrial Designer

    Pozzi’s professional career began in 1950. He worked with architect Alberto Rosselli from 1963 to 1967. From 1970 to 1974, he collaborated with Achile Castiglioni and the Ponti/Fornaroli/Rosselli Studio.Read More →

  • Thomas Lamb – Industrial Designer – “The Handle Man”

    Thomas Lamb – Industrial Designer – “The Handle Man”

    Thomas Lamb founded his textile design studio at seventeen, specialising in advertising, fashion, and magazine illustration. In the 1920s, his bedspreads, napkins, and draperies were immensely popular. Many New York department stores carried them, including Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, and Saks Fifth Avenue.Read More →

  • Wolff Olins British Design Studio

    Wolff Olins British Design Studio

    Wolff Olins has offices in London, Madrid, Lisbon, New York, San Francisco, and Tokyo, and has been a leading British design agency for nearly four decades, with a special focus on corporate identity and branding. It is a subsidiary of Omnicom Group.Read More →

  • The Wit and Humour of the Gibigiana Table Lamp

    The Wit and Humour of the Gibigiana Table Lamp

    Castiglioni’s approach to design is characterised by wit and humour, which is portrayed here by a shape that resembles an animal or bird. The Gibigiana is a table light that may be adjusted. It includes a dimmer and produces reflected light. Read More →

  • Alfons Bach (1904 – 1999) German Industrial Designer

    Alfons Bach (1904 – 1999) German Industrial Designer

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Basse-taille – Design Term

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George Sakier (1897 – 1965) American Industrial Designer – Encyclopedia of Design

George Sakier (1897 – 1965) was a multifaceted artist who worked as an interior designer, painter, art director, engineer, and packaging designer. He was also a pioneering industrial designer in the United States. His career was as varied as it was extensive, and his influence on the development of a modern design aesthetic was felt not only in the United States but also in Europe.

Charles Pollock (1930 – 2013) American industrial designer – Encyclopedia of Design

Charles Pollock (1930 – 2013) was an American industrial designer who created sleek furniture, most notably an office chair held together by a single aluminium band that became known as a Pollock Chair. He studied industrial design at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. He worked at the industrial design office of George Nelson, New York.

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