Michigan has one of the most iconic legacies of furniture design in the entire world. As the birthplace of American Modernism, Michigan has been an incubator and proving ground for some of the most groundbreaking developments in furniture design to date. This is not something we should give some thought to. TOM GIBBS STUDIO, in partnership with NEXT:SPACE, has planned a year-long program to help us brush up on our design history and discover how our legacy of important design is carried on today. Welcome to a year of Michigan Design Icons (MDI) – past, present and future – with monthly MDI Design Talks, specially curated furniture collections and an exhibition launching September 1st 2018 in time for the Detroit Design Festival.

Ever wonder how a MoMA sponsored design competition resulted in one of the world’s most iconic chairs? Curious to learn how a particular orphan from Saginaw, MI helped change the course of mid-century design? Join in at TOM GIBBS STUDIO in Ferndale each month and discover the history of iconic designs such as the Womb Chair, important designers such as Florence Knoll and the impact of international design influences coming in and out of Michigan – all while immersing yourself in original mid-century furniture.

Michigan Design Icons is a celebration and a dialogue for everyone – to foster awareness, pride and support for the important furniture design born in our region. MDI Design Talks engage a diverse range of topics, beginning with a survey of important mid-century design.

Tuesday, February 6th “Anatomy of Eames” – Up next, examining the history of the infamous design duo, Charles and Ray Eames, the discussion will cover the Eames philosophy of, “what works good is better than what looks good, because what works good lasts,” and look at the catalogue that made these two designers icons from a leg splint to lounge chairs. Enjoy the rare opportunity to look beneath the surface of famous furniture discovering the materials and fabrication of the original 670 Lounge Chair in various phases of restoration.

About the Presenters:

TOM GIBBS STUDIO is an important source for 20th century Modern furnishings and accessories. Since 1991, Tom Gibbs as developed a reputation for recognizing items that are well designed and exhibit high quality workmanship. Gibbs is a leading expert in mid-century design history, with a particular interest in Michigan design.
TOM GIBBS STUDIO is located at 2014 Hilton Rd., Ferndale, MI 48220 and online at https://www.tomgibbsstudio.com/

NEXT:SPACE is a curator and retailer of furniture, objects and interior elements from independent designers. Founded in 2014 by Detroit-based design curator and agent, Isabelle Weiss, NEXT:SPACE is a platform for local designers to develop, sell and exhibit their work. NEXT:SPACE is proud to work with TOM GIBBS STUDIO to carry Michigan’s legacy of iconic design into the next generation.
NEXT:SPACE is located in The Fisher Building at 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Suite 475, Detroit, MI 48202 and online at https://www.nextspacedetroit.com/

Detroitisit is your connection to Michigan Design Icons – offering exclusive content and sneak peeks of each MDI Design Talk.

MDI Design Talks are free and anyone can register at tomgibbsstudio.com/michigan-design-icons-2018, please note that space is limited.

Upcoming Design Talk:

February 6

“Anatomy of Eames”
2014 Hilton Rd.,
Ferndale, MI