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The date has been set for ARCADE’s 2018 Holiday Auction and Community Celebration!
We hope you will join us for this year’s celebration, to be held at Sole Repair Shop (10th Ave. at Pike St. on Capitol Hill) on Tuesday, December 11 from 6 to 8pm. The evening will feature our highly-anticipated annual holiday auction of design-minded getaways and experiences, a preview of our winter (February) magazine, music, light fare, beverages, and more. The event will also feature work from Reilly Donovan, new media and technology artist and winter ARCADE issue contributor: two pieces which utilize virtual reality and augmented reality. Donovan’s current work—digital realities—incorporates the Oculus Rift and Microsoft HoloLens hardware, which create an interactive experience for viewers.
Additional details about this event, previews of auction items, and opportunities to pre-purchase a select list of experiences will be available soon.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, please contact Kelly Rodriguez: [email protected].
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Seattle is the new home of an inspirational educational institution called the Center for Design. It was founded by legendary industrial designer Sara Little Turnbull and focuses on her collection of international body coverings, domestic tools, cultural ornamentation, dining appointments, and fine natural specimens of rocks and shell patterns. At the center, artifacts of tribal Africa mingle with ribbons from the Vatican; an American weathervane is only a few steps from an Indian cosmetic tray or Japanese tea ceremony tools.
Sara Little Turnbull is probably the most accomplished designer you’ve never heard of. She was one of America’s early industrial designers, developing many of the artifacts and objects that have populated our daily lives since WWII and defined the mid-century era. Sara was often called the “mother of invention” and was an early inspiration behind many now familiar terms such as human-centered design and design thinking, and she helped originate the concept of design sustainability in form, materials, and manufacturing. She was an early proponent of biomimicry in design and was quick to point out that the natural world inspired many of her innovative product developments. Her lessons are refreshingly based on domestic and cultural rituals rather than the typical business metaphors of war or sports.
Although Sara was a citizen of the world, she spent half her life living in Washington State, moving between Tacoma, Vantage, and Seattle. She was an exceptionally bright youngster who rose from a Brooklyn tenement and gained her professional education through hard work and scholarships. Eventually, she became an editor at House Beautiful, a position that she used to guide and shape the evolving American lifestyle.
Sara was instrumental in determining how kitchen spaces should work. She promoted the idea of family rooms instead of unused “living” rooms, and she reimagined the luxury bathroom as something above and beyond mere functional space. Her frugal and cleverly appointed New York City apartments were featured in magazines several times during the first decades of her 60-year career. Thanks to her impeccable taste, many of her original furnishings and careful design details were repurposed into her contemporary Seattle penthouse, where they looked as fresh as any seen in the design magazines of today. They were certainly not what you would expect to find in the home of a typical 90-year-old. The Center for Design is a replica of one of Sara’s personal living spaces in New York City.
Everything in Sara’s life was there by design, from her custom clothing, shoes, accessories, and furniture to her household appliances. She never owned a home or a car, which freed her to travel around the world four times a year for the Fortune 100 companies for which she consulted. She made billions of dollars for her long-term clients, helping their R&D teams develop new materials and groundbreaking products. She worked with well-known companies including Corning, 3M, General Mills, Procter & Gamble, Revlon, Coca-Cola, NASA, Macys, Ford, and many more. Products developed under her guidance ranged widely from medical facemasks, space suits, tapes and adhesives, cosmetics, paper products, storage systems, new foods (soy and vegetable-based), the glass cooktop, and beautiful yet sturdy cookware such as CorningWare and Corelle.
“Quality over quantity” was Sara’s manifesto. She owned little and traveled light. Every detail was carefully considered. She was not only one of the first to preach sustainability to major corporations, she also lived it. She insisted that products should be built to last because she realized early on that we can’t continue to produce throwaway, replaceable garbage. Sara would save every penny so she could travel to Paris once a year to buy a single haute couture outfit that was designed with a specific, highly-functional purpose in mind. At only 4’11” her clothes were custom made to fit her sub-zero size, but more importantly, they addressed the demands of early global airline travel for a single, female professional. This process also provided a collaborative experience with some of the world's leading fashion designers, including Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, Yves St. Laurent, and Balenciaga, to name only a few. These incredible “body coverings,” as she called them, remained classics and served her needs over her entire life. These examples are part of the Center for Design today.
The Center for Design is Sara’s gift to the future. It was formerly located in the Tacoma Art Museum and deaccessioned in 2003 when they moved to a new building with a new mission.
During the last 10 years of her life, Sara had the center relocated to Seattle, and after her passing in 2015, it was closed while being rebuilt to be of greater use. After years of research and archiving, the center is ready for visitors once more.
The Center for Design’s subjective collection has universal meaning to a wide variety of observers. Showcasing 3,500 beautifully assembled objects from Sara’s world travels, it is a place of intimate, human-scale interactions, and it reflects the ingenuity, craftsmanship, and genius of her strategic presentations and design prototypes. Viewed holistically, the collection highlights common themes throughout objects from different cultures and demonstrates that good design meets human needs.
Another part of the center that has been reassembled in Seattle is a collection called the Process of Change lab, which was the hub of her research and teaching tools during her tenure in Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Rather than preach to a choir of designers, Sara preferred to teach budding CEOs about the essential role of good design in the business world—a notable achievement in techcentric Silicon Valley.
The purpose of the Center for Design is to make products of human work and thought available for study. The center serves a diversity of audiences, including students, scholars, professionals, and the general public. Sara Little understood that design is for and about people. Its purpose is to fill our needs while making our lives easier and more graceful, to sharpen our awareness and perhaps delight us in the process—to recognize and celebrate that ancient urge to blend the useful and the beautiful into a single object.
As Sara has said, “The way of life of a people influences the things they design. Design does more than merely reflect the imprint of man’s influence on his materials. It carries its own influence on those who use designed objects.”
These collections in the Center for Design have attracted people from all over the world and are now available to visit by appointment. For more information, visit the Center for Design’s website.
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We're halfway through October, and ARCADE is almost halfway to our fundraising goal of $10,000; if we reach that goal by the end of October, generous ARCADE supporter John Parman will contribute $5,000 in support of ARCADE and will increase his gift next year. If you have already donated, THANK YOU! ARCADE is able to continue its programming through the generosity of donors like you. If you haven't given, please consider making a contribution. Every amount helps, whether it is $25, $50, $100 or $500 ... or more!!
Sarah Jo Ward is a new board member. This is why she cares about ARCADE:
"Nine years ago, I moved to Seattle without ever having visited or knowing anyone. Soon after I got here I bought my first copy of ARCADE. Over the course of nearly a decade, ARCADE has continued to affect my path in the Northwest. The publication helped me feel connected to a city I was only beginning to understand. Now it helps me make sense of the way that city has changed after just this short amount of time. My work is based in design practices and methodologies. I think about the context we participate in and how the built environment influences our development - ARCADE helped me define and contextualize those ideas to the PNW, allowing me to stay relevant. Community events brought me into contact with people and ideas that would fundamentally shift the way that I think about growth, development, and change. We are not simply living here unaffected by our context. The buildings, city plans, public spaces, as well as the design choices of so many around us affect who we have become and who we continue to become. For me, ARCADE is an undeniably valuable resource that shines a light on that context and culture in ways that are critical to capturing our history and thinking about where we're headed."
Sarah Jo challenges each of you to join her in supporting ARCADE. If you have not donated previously, please consider giving to help us meet this challenge; if you are a current donor, please consider making an additional contribution. Each gift of $100 or more will receive a ARCADE’s 35th Anniversary poster designed by Sean Wolcott, founder and creative director of Rationale.
We're getting closer! ARCADE has raised $2,450 toward our goal of $10,000 in the month of October; if we reach that goal, generous ARCADE supporter John Parman will contribute another $5,000 in support of ARCADE and increase his gift next year. To an organization of our size, this represents a substantial gift. We need your help to meet this challenge!
As a reader of ARCADE, you value the information and new perspectives it brings. Henry Walters of Atelier Drome is a new board member. This is why he cares about ARCADE:
"When I graduated from the University of Idaho and moved to Seattle in 1999, I met Kelly and was introduced to the ARCADE community through friends and coworkers. ARCADE was a way for me to learn about architecture and design issues important in the Pacific Northwest, as well as an opportunity to meet my peers and build a network. Over the years I've gotten busier in my career and building my business and haven't made the time to stay engaged in the design community and give back as much as I'd like, and joining the board is giving me the opportunity to do just that. I am looking forward to re-engaging, making new friends, and contributing where I can to this excellent organization."
Henry challenges each of you to join him in his support of ARCADE. If you have not donated previously, please consider making a donation to help us meet this challenge; if you are a current donor, please consider making an additional contribution. Each gift of $100 or more will receive a ARCADE’s 35th Anniversary poster designed by Sean Wolcott, founder and creative director of Rationale.
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Dear ARCADE supporter:
As president of ARCADE’s Board of Trustees—a position I am privileged to hold—I want to share with you why I believe ARCADE is an important part of our community. Unlike many, I came to ARCADE relatively recently. In 2014, knowing of my interest in design and architecture, a client introduced me to the magazine. I immediately fell in love.
ARCADE explores our built environment, design, and art in ways that no one else does. The past four years have seen a discussion of how data is infiltrating our culture, reflections on how designers are influenced by people and experiences, an exploration of climate change by the youth who will live with the consequences of the decisions that we are (not) making, and so many others. Shortly after I joined the board, someone described ARCADE as part of the intellectual capital of Seattle and the Northwest; as I have come to know the organization, I think there is no better way to describe ARCADE and its place in our community.
However, we live in challenging times, especially for a small arts organization. Subscription fees represent a small portion of ARCADE’s annual budget. 70% of ARCADE’s annual budget comes from donations. While we continue to publish the magazine and engage the community through our programing, we need your support to continue.
John Parman, a member of our editorial committee, has challenged the ARCADE Board of Trustees to raise $10,000 by October 31 to support our programs and magazine. If we reach that goal, he will donate an additional $5,000 this year and will raise his Leadership Giving to $5,000 next year. To an organization of our size, this represents a substantial gift. We need your help to meet this challenge.
If you have not donated previously, please consider making a donation to help us meet this challenge; if you are a current donor, please consider making an additional contribution. Each gift of $100 or more will receive ARCADE’s 35th Anniversary poster designed by Sean Wolcott, founder and creative director of Rationale.
Thank you for being part of the ARCADE family and for helping us meet this challenge.
Jason Bergevin, President, ARCADE Board of Trustees
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