Tucker Viemeister, FIDSA

Tucker Viemeister, FIDSA
Viemeister Industries

Tucker Viemeister, FIDSA, is a distinguished industrial designer and innovator. He is most famous for OXO Good Grips kitchen tools that conceived “universal design” at Smart Design, the company he helped found in 1979. He opened frogdesign’s New York City office, Razorfish’s physical design capability group, and Springtime-USA.

Viemeister was the founder and lab chief at Rockwell Group and director, special projects with Ralph Appelbaum Associates and Thinc. His work is in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and other permanent collections.

Viemeister holds 32 US utility patents. He is an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design.

What The Food?

We came to Parsons hungry for design. Last fall, Tucker Viemeister, FIDSA, and Steph Mantis co-taught a product design class based on the foods they love. The studio began with the designer’s favorite dishes.

They replaced arbitrary project briefs with menus of guiding principles derived from the culinary delights. Analysis of a dish’s physical attributes, history and personal meaning became the foundations for each project. They avoided literal transposition and the projects emerged in many physical forms—from furniture, housewares and interiors to culinary arts—or even material explorations.

What was once chewed on, is now visualized; essence captured. Taste the designers’ commitment that this process brought to each project. After all, we are what we eat.