IDSA NYC - Perspectives: The Origins of Industrial Design in NYC

Jun 18 2019 - 9:40am


It's time for the second event in IDSA NYC's Perspectives series ...


Join us for a conversation remembering the heyday of New York ID…. when Dreyfuss, Loewy, Teague, Nelson, Lippincott, JCPenny, Knoll and others were writing some the first chapters in the history of American design. In a loose, salon-style discussion we'll share memories and stories from NYC's ID past featuring NYC icons:

Carl Gustav Magnusson
Carl worked with the Eames’ on projects ranging from the IBM Mathematica Exhibit to the Eames Chaise.  He opened his own studio in Rudolf Schindler’s House in LA. He was director of global design at Knoll for three decades, commissioned designers such as Richard Sapper, Mia Linn, Ross Lovegrove, and Frank Gehry. His New York based firm, CGM Design, has designed products for Knoll, Teknion, MoMA, and BMW.

Michael Cousins
A native New Yorker, 1960 graduate of the Rhode  Island School of Design. Joined his brother Morison, a Pratt grad, to form their design firm to “design consumer products that were museum quality at affordable prices”, fulfilling that goal with products in the permanent collections of museums world wide including MoMA (4) the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt (6) and the Brooklyn Museum (3). He says: “It’s hard to beat drawing pictures for a living.”

Lucia N. DeRespinis
Lucia graduated from Pratt Institute in 1952, a woman in Industrial Design worked at the George Nelson Office from 1954 to 1963, a post, post-graduate experience. She says:“I did everything, I designed everything from rugs to tableware to exhibits and trade shows to graphics to restaurants to interiors. Everything.”Presently full professor at Pratt and 2007 winner of the Rowena Reed Kostellow Award.

Alberto Mantilla
Alberto was born in Colombia and worked at Henry Dreyfuss Associates where he met his partner Tony Baxter. From1989 to1994 they worked on premier Dreyfuss clients: John Deere, IBM, Polaroid, AT&T. The design duo then formed Curve ID a full-service industrial design and engineering consultancy working for Ford, Kynko motorcycles, Mac trucks, Fisher Price, Hewlett Packard, Colgate, Nike, and Panasonic. They created Mint and the widely knocked-off Hug salt and pepper shakers, and they continue to design Deere vehicles.



Wednesday, June 26
6:30pm - 8:30pm


GroheLive! Center
160 5th Avenue, 4th Floor
(Entrance on 21st Street)
New York, NY 10010


6:30pm  |  Hors D'Ouerves & Wine
7:00pm  |  Salon Discussion