548 West First Street
Claremont, CA 91711
Tues - Sat 11 - 6
Sun 12 - 5
DESIGN/PROCESS is an exhibition about the DNA of design and how inspiration travels the chain from mentor to protégé, from concept to execution. Featured are the objects/products of professional artists/designers who have mentored students in the design process displayed alongside the products of the next generation of young designers. This generational “passing of the torch” demonstrates that the flame of inspiration can spark new ideas and innovations in design that continually respond to the ever-changing currents of contemporary culture.
Included in the exhibition are selected works by esteemed educators who represent a consortium of schools and prestigious art/design programs including Otis College of Art and Design, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Pilchuck Glass School, USC, UCLA, LMU (Loyola Marymount University), Cal Poly Pomona, and CSU San Bernardino. Central to this theme is the demonstration of how these educators communicate their core aesthetics through the design process and create products that exemplify honed design principles put into practice.
The Protégés are represented by works that illustrate their grasp of design fundamentals conflated with their ability to elevate, adapt, and channel the ordinary into the realm of the unexpected, the evocative, and the sensory. Drawing inspiration from art historical, botanical, architectural, and anatomical references young designers such as Tyler Hagstrom and Sara Aguliera transcend conventional chair and wall shelving design (see Quantum-Biosis Chair and Key Pattern Shelf) to create new hybrid products that incorporate functionality with technology, use new materials with those reclaimed or repurposed, and mash modern cultural symbols with inherited patterns of design.