Product designer, brand strategist and educator Cory Grosser will speak at the Rochester Institute of Technology on December 19, 2012 as part of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies’ Design Conversations lecture series.
Design Conversations: Cory Grosser
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Rochester Institute of Technology
Cory’s visit and lecture coincides with the donation of the Airline 009, a chair he designed for Walt Disney Signature, to the Vignelli Center’s Product Timecapsule.
Cory founded his studio in Los Angeles in 2002. The same year, he had his first international exhibition in Milan and secured his first consulting project from a Fortune 500 company. He has gone on to become one of America’s top independent product designers. He designs for high level European design brands, strategic consulting engagements for large corporations and teaching the next generation of designers. His work has been featured in books and journals worldwide, including the covers of several magazines. Surface Magazine named him one of the Top Avant-Garde Designers in America” His work has appeared in television and movies in America and abroad.
Cory has won several awards, including an ID Magazine Design Review Award, Best of Neocon Award, a Gold Award at IIDEX, and an I.Dot selection representing the best of Italian Design. His work has been shown in exhibitions and museums worldwide.
Cory is a faculty member of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He’s taught advanced studios sponsored by Chrysler, Roxy, Honda, Ford, Indy Racing League and Bernhardt Design. He’s also served as a judge in several design competitions including the 2007 Bombay Sapphire Designer Glass competition, the selection committee for the Salone Satellite in Milan and the Spark awards. He has given talks and lectures internationally in cities as diverse as Milan, Toronto and San Salvador.
Born in Rochester, NY, Cory holds an Architecture degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an Industrial Design degree from Art Center College of Design.
About Airline 009
The Airline Chair, commissioned in 1934 by Walt Disney, was used by animators throughout Disney’s Burbank studio. Disney wanted a chair that would facilitate optimum production. Disney was a fan of the streamline style used in many products at the time and therefore chose the Airline Chair.
In 2007, California-based designer Cory Grosser was approached by Walt Disney Signature, Disney’s adult lifestyle brand, to design an armchair and ottoman inspired by the Airline Chair. Created with American black walnut and Elmo leather, the Airline 009 draws from the past but is very much an example of modern design.
166 Lomb Memorial Drive
James E Booth Hall, Room 2765
Rochester NY 14625
Park in lots E or F
Product Time Capsule: Airline 009 by Cory Grosser