New York City's Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) recently announced the 2012 season of "The Home Front: American Design Now," the second edition of a lecture and event series that "brings together a variety of respected voices to examine the current state of object design in the United States."Last year's program surveyed the challenges facing the contemporary furniture scene from a variety of angles—from architecture and retail to education and small business. This year's programming further explores the ideas, developments, and talents that are moving native design forward.
The events kick off this Thursday, January 12, with a panel discussion entitled "Blurring The Lines: Between Art, Architecture, and Design":Along with an ever-growing public awareness for contemporary art comes an increased interest in architecture and design. As a result more and more young American designers' careers are being launched not in showrooms, but in galleries, with collectors commissioning interiors and furnishings that finally matches the adventurous spirit of their art collections. This blurring of hierarchies has created a sophisticated new breed of practitioner who effortlessly navigates the worlds of art, architecture, and furniture design. The Minneapolis-based designer Matt Olson of RO/LU and the New York architect Rafael de Cárdenas will be discussing this trend together with the Rauschenberg Foundation's Executive Director Christy MacLear, and collector Adam Lindemann. The panel will be moderated by Felix Burrichter, founder and editor of PIN-UP Magazine.
In addition to the monthly lecture series, programming includes a "designer residency in MAD's Open Studios, and a free publication containing interviews with over 35 leaders in the field." Thus, guest curator Dan Rubenstein and sponsors 1stdibs.com and Module R aim to "lay the groundwork for American designers to gather, respond, and construct new possibilities for the success of American native design on a global stage."
See the full schedule here.