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Past As Prologue: Design Icon Michael Graves In Conversation


Michael Graves has spent the last half-century designing or restoring prominent buildings (The Portland Public Service Building, The Washington Monument) and creating everyday objects for mass retail (the iconic teakettle, kitchenwear and furniture for Target).

And at 80, he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

“I’m ready for the next (project),” Graves said during the culminating event of a day-long symposium held in his honor at The New School’s University Center this past Saturday. “I can’t wait. I hope it’s coming soon.”

The symposium, Past as Prologue, paid tribute to a design icon on the occasion of his 50th year in practice. Opening with an overview of his work and design career by Francisco Sanin, and closing with a discussion between Graves and architect Peter Eisenman, the symposium include sessions focusing on three areas profoundly influenced by Graves: architectural pedagogy, drawing and the design of objects.

To view photos from the event, click through the slideshow at the top of the page. Watch a video recap from the event here.


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