Even a design Neanderthal knows the name Michael Graves, thanks to the designer's partnership with Target. For over tens years, he's made such mundane errands as buying tea kettles and dish scrubbers into guilty pleasures - at least for shoppers with eye for design. But Graves is actually more known for his success as an architect. When he started designing building in the late 1960s, early 1970s, he rescued blueprints from stark midcentury minimalism and gave our skylines a more playful aesthetic.
Locally, he was the architect behind Orlando's Dolphin and Swan resorts and Miami's UM School of Business, 1500 Ocean Drive condo, and Shake-a-Leg Residences. His designs reach much farther, however, as he's built hotels and centers from Egypt to Japan. Tomorrow night, he'll be in town to discuss good design at our own museum of thinkism, the Wolfsonian.
Fri., Oct. 15, 7 p.m., 2010