In the spring of 1952, famed designers George Nelson, Charles Eames and Alexander Girard hosted a “Sample Lesson” before an overflowing audience in LA. These designers, who still stand for the most important and lasting design era guiding designers today, hosted the event in response to a need to rethink art and design in education. Mickey Friedman—a star graduate student at the time and later a curator for the Walker Art Museum—attended each of the events and followed up with interviews with each of the designers. Friedman’s records shed a new light on the comprehensive design collaboration, rejuvenating the legendary lectures’ clarity and educational value. Read on with Herman Miller.
Revisiting 1950s Design