presented by: Creative Many Michigan & Michigan House

Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped America

Mar 11, 2017
Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped America


Amy Arnold

Michigan State Historic Perservation Office

Brian Conway

Michigan State Historic Preservation Office

Jeff DeBoer


Susan Skarsgard

General Motors Design

To access this venue, please use the entrance on Trinity Street between E 7th and E 8th St.

Michigan was the home and destination of modern designers and architects throughout the mid-20th century. Attracted by the state’s thriving post war economy, Michigan offered a place where creativity was celebrated and ideas could actually be put into production. As a result, Michigan's design community became one of the most nationally influential in the postwar world, and today Michigan employs more industrial designers than any other state. This session explores Michigan’s design legacy, which ranges from natives like Alden Dow and Ralph Rapson to European artists like Louis Redstone or Ruth Adler Schnee to imaginative minds like Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen and Minoru Yamasaki.

Primary Access: Music Badge, Platinum Badge, Film Badge, Interactive Badge
Format: Panel
Event Type: Session
Track: Design
Level: Intermediate