Patty Johnson was our guest last night and the second speaker in our "Archilecture" series. Johnson is a Canadian-based designer who does a lot of work in furniture. Here is a brief bio:Working out of Toronto, Patty Johnson draws upon her training from the school of Crafts and Design at Sheridan College and the University of Toronto for her minimalist furniture designs. Many of her designs have achieved considerable success and notice. Her "technology free" plywood table, constructed by folding it as one would a paper origami sculpture, earned her an I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review Award in 1994. In June 2002, Johnson's "Turn" table was launched by Keilhauer at Neocon in Chicago. She also designs for Nienkamper and Eureka lighting. Johnson is a member of the design collective "Furnace" (with Andrew Jones, Tom Deacon and Scot Laughton) who recently exhibited "I-Designs based on a single form" at Canada House in London, England and Fluid Living, a furniture manufacturer, will make and distribute that collection in Canada. Johnson has just finished consulting with the Guyana Manufacturing Association to develop viable methods and products for the country's furniture industry.
Johnson teaches furniture design at the University of Toronto, School of Architecture, Landscape and Design; the Ontario College of Art and Design; and the School of Crafts and Design at Sheridan College and She lectures on furniture history at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Next Lecture: November 16, 2006 John Peterson, Architect, San Francisco
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