Saul Steinberg: In the Name of Good Design

Romanian born artist Saul Steinberg brought his artistic talent to the United States in the 1940’s.  He showcased his work for almost 60 years in The New Yorker; his drawings, painting, prints, collages, and sculptures appeared in galleries and museums around the world.

Saul Steinberg. Picture from The Saul Steinberg Foundation

It was during a tour of the fun-house style Eames office in the 1950’s when Saul picked up a paintbrush and painted a naked lady on one of Ray and Charles’ molded plastic chairs.  Ray and Charles loved his artistic touch to their piece of functional art and displayed it proudly!

Art on art: One of Saul’s later painted Eames chairs featuring the feline.

It was this action that inspired Herman Miller, decades later, to let the artist inside people be displayed on Eames Molded Plastic Chairs.  This year Intereum has taken on the Good Design Challenge and we have had many talented designers from all around the Twin Cities make their marks on the forever classic chairs.  Check out our Facebook page to see the contestants and learn the story behind their chairs! Voting is open through December 7th with winners to be announced soon after, in addition to also raising the curtain up to reveal our participating Architectural and Design firms.

Intereum’s Good Design Challenge chair line up

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