This fall, across Southern California approximately 30 institutions are hosting special exhibitions which feature only California artists and Craftsmen. This phenomenon is called Pacific Standard Time and is an initiative of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. For more information check out http://www.getty.edu/pacificstandardtime/.
But this isn’t the only good design happening in California. Up North, in San Francisco Wilsonart has teamed up with the California College of Art to host the next student chair competition! This year we are privileged to work with Professor Russell Baldon, who is the chair of the furniture department. Not only is Russell incredibly enthusiastic, he has as keen a knowledge of art as he does design. We can just tell we are going to see things that will make us look at laminate in a new and meaningful way.
CCA, as it is commonly called, is known as one of the best design schools in the world. Originally called California School of Arts and Crafts and was Founded in Berkeley in 1907 the school has had many iterations of its name which included the words “art” and “crafts”. Some people still refer to it as California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC) but the name changed in 2003 to California College of the Arts, or CCA, because of the confusion of the word “crafts” which the school used to refer to “a skill set” and not “simple art forms”.