Panel Discussions

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Beginning – Origins of the Furniture Society

10:15:00 AM -  11:15:00 AM

Moderated by Glenn Adamson. This panel/presentation/conversation seeks to document some of the particular stories that were part of the creation of the Furniture Society. The freeze moment is the first Steering Committee meeting, in Philadelphia on April 27-28, 1996. Individuals who participated at this meeting, which after two days of introductions, banter, discussion, emotion and […]

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Designing Relevant Products for Today’s Consumer

11:30:00 AM -  12:15:00 PM

Our discussion will cover the different types of products and strategies for sales success. Small-scale production structures including one off products all the way to the external sourcing of parts and products. We will take an in-depth look into the evolving landscape of both the making and selling of high end well crafted objects.

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Future of furniture from an educator’s perspective

01:30:00 PM -  02:45:00 PM

A presentation and discussion based on the vision and experience of furniture instructors in their development of a variety of furniture programs. Areas covered will be: alternative materials and techniques, new technologies and broadening the definition of “furniture”.

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On the Edge of your seat: Chairs for the 21st C. discussion

01:30:00 PM -  02:45:00 PM

Curators, critics, scholars, and makers bring different voices and perspectives to exhibitions of contemporary furniture. This panel discussion, which grew out of the current exhibition at the Center for Art in Wood, will examine the major concepts, challenges, and techniques posed by contemporary seating furniture. It will highlight the new ideas brought to the fore […]

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Building Community around Craft: An exploration of three models for contemporary makers

03:00:00 PM -  03:50:00 PM

The directors of three collaborative workshops explore themes in craft, teaching, and community building. Join Offerman Wood Shop, Pier 9 at Autodesk, and Off the Saw for an engaging conversation on new models for making in the 21st century.

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Seven at the Center: the 2016 Windgate ITE Fellows Collaboration Laboratory Panel Discussion

04:00:00 PM -  05:00:00 PM

The Center for Art in Wood awards seven prestigious fellowships for the annual Windgate ITE International Residency Program. These artists plan to collaborate in various ways during their first weeks of their residency. They will share the results of their investigations.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Distinctive Company

01:15:00 PM -  02:30:00 PM

A conversation with recipients of the Furniture Society’s highest honor — the Award of Distinction. Wendell Castle, Edward S. Cooke, Jr., Michael Fortune, Thomas Hucker, William Keyser, Wendy Maruyama, Rosanne Somerson and Bebe Pritam Johnson will respond to questions posed by their peers about life, work, art and utility.

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Immersion: Residencies for the Furniture Maker

02:45:00 PM -  03:45:00 PM

Artist residency programs offer opportunity to explore ideas, techniques, technologies and ways of working, while also building community. This panel will highlight a selection of residency programs available to furniture makers. The panelists, all residency alumni, will share the role of residency programs on the development of their work and careers as furniture artists.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

How Will You Be Remembered? Crafting Your Legacy

01:30:00 PM -  02:45:00 PM

Do you want to be known for a body of work; a new style or technique; for the students you taught; for helping another artist get started; or for supporting a good cause? What steps are you taking now to secure your legacy? And, what are you going to do with all your stuff?

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What’s the value of an ART degree?

01:30:00 PM -  02:45:00 PM

In times of tightening budgets and lower enrollments, Art and Design areas increasingly feel pressure to defend their worth to students, parents, and even their own institutions. A panel of faculty and students will explore the relevance of crafts education today and strategize on ways to define and articulate its unique value.

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#Craftswomen

03:00:00 PM -  05:00:00 PM

Furniture making has acquired an elevated status. New technologies and design practices have entered our production processes and are diversifying the workplace. The ‘Maker’ identity solidifies this emerging relationship between design and craft, and social media provides broad access to the surrounding narrative. #Craftswomen is organized in response to these shifts, as a space to […]

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Midwest Makers: Spotlight on the Flyover States

2:30 PM -  4:00 PM

Does the mix of cold weather, flat lands, and the skeleton of American Industry become an incubator for creative expression and opportunity? In this panel discussion we will hear from several young luminaries working in the Midwest speaking on the topics of craft traditions, creative process, and career paths. We will view slides of these […]

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Women at the Intersection of Craft, Technology, and Design

2:30 PM -  4:00 PM

As machines and computer software advance and become more accessible Craft and Technology is more and more symbiotic. The influence they have on each other and Design can end in new and surprising ways. We’ll bring together a group of women with diverse backgrounds, experiences and careers we will discuss what Craft means to them […]

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Objects and Space: Collaboration Strategies for Bespoke Design and Architecture

11:00 AM -  12:30 PM

Creating spaces with bespoke design elements demands a fluid client-designer relationship. Also critical, however, is the ability of interior architects and furniture designer-makers or artists to build symbiotic partnerships based on their specific fields of expertise. This panel will identify the challenges and benefits of these collaborations from a range of perspectives and offer strategies […]

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Too Much Stuff: Being a Maker in the age of the New Luxury and Alt-Commerce

9:15 AM -  10:45 AM

Consumer tastes and behaviors are undergoing a major shift. In many ways it’s good news: a renewed appreciation of making, of quality, of sustainability. At the same time, though, thee’s been a fundamental shift in the way people think about their relationship to “things”. At the same time, there are new forms of commerce that […]

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Hidden Agenda: Conceptual Elements in Furniture Design

2:30 PM -  4:00 PM

The marriage of art and ideas is well established, but the use of conceptual elements in furniture design is less common. As more designers are entering the field with an arts school background, furniture has moved beyond the limits of functionality to become a platform for powerful artistic statements. This panel will examine the role […]

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Craft. Reports Of Its Demise Are Premature

2:30 PM -  4:00 PM

In the rapidly evolving world of digital and other high technologies in furniture making and related fields, what is the place – and more importantly, the future – of traditional craft? Is it worth preserving? What can be done to nurture it? Does The Furniture Society have a role to play? Drawing from both worlds, […]

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