Design Arts Society
The members of the Design Arts Society (DAS) are dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of the aesthetic, historical and cultural significance of Western design. Their interests span the 16th century to the present and encompasses a broad range of media including furniture, glass, ceramics, metalwork, jewelry, and product design.
DAS members work to promote a greater awareness of the central role that design plays in our daily lives and to also help establish the IMA as an important center for the design arts in the United States. DAS offers an annual series of programs featuring lectures from international, national, and regional design experts, as well as private DAS members’ only special events. Past events hosted by DAS include: Shaping the New Century: A Two-Day International Design Symposium, A Night with George Nelson, Revisiting Cranbrook: Eliel Saarinen and the Survival of Tradition and many more..
Spring 2014 Newsletter
Members-Only Home Tour
Home of Dr. Margaret Watanabe
Thursday, September 11 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm | FREE
The custom designed and built residence of Margaret Watanabe reflects a variety of stylistic influences, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Arts & Crafts, and traditional and contemporary Japanese design. The home was designed by Guy Peterson and Associates of Sarasota, Florida and built by Artisan Homes, Leonard Watson, owner. Interior design is by Christine Desiree Interiors and John Martin-Rutherford, architect. Landscape design is by Remenschneider and Associates, with current gardener Cheryl Atchley of Specialty Gardens.
R.S.V.P. by September 5 to Lauren Lucchesi at Llucchesi@imamuseum.org or (317) 923-1331, ext. 596.
Stories from a Classic and DAS Annual Dinner
Talk: Thursday, October 9 | 6:30 pm | FREE | Toby
DAS Annual Dinner | 7:30 pm | $45 | Fountain Room
Join the Design Arts Society in hosting Hilda Longinotti, renowned Herman Miller staffer, and former executive secretary for George Nelson during the heyday of mid-century design.
Longinotti’s commitment to excellence in design is evident in every facet of her legendary career within the design industry. After working as Nelson’s executive secretary for many years, Hilda was named Manager of Design Community Programs in 1979. This initiative became the foundation for today’s Herman Miller A+D Representative.
Hilda remains an active participant in the design community with leadership roles within the IIDA Leaders Breakfast Series, IIDA Pioneer Series, and AIA Interiors Committee. She is also on the Board of Directors of Jack Lenor Larsen’s Longhouse Reserve and maintains a role with Herman Miller as “Goodwill Ambassador” speaking about her 21 years with George Nelson and her 40 year association with Herman Miller.
Please R.S.V.P. by October 3. Payment can be issued via check or credit card to:
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Thursday, November 13 | 6 – 8 pm
Reception in Fountain Room | 6 - 7
Moderated Discussion in 3rd Floor Design Gallery | 7 – 8
Please join the Design Arts Society for another lively and stimulating LOVE/HATE event in the 3rd floor Contemporary Design Galleries at the IMA. Three members of the design community will each select two objects in the galleries and offer a critique of the "pros and cons" of each the designs. Get ready for a spirited discussion with our audience and participants! Nancy Ramsey of Herman Miller will serve as moderator for the evening.
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Marika Klemm, President
Drew White, Vice President
David Force, Secretary
Mark Demerly, Treasurer
Tom Vriesman, Immediate Past President
Become a member of DAS today! In order to be eligible for membership in the DAS, you must be an IMA member. If you are a student and/or under the age of 35, you are eligible for a special membership rate. For more information please contact the Development department at 317-923-1331 ext. 434
$160 patron couple
NEW! Students receive a free DAS membership (ID required)
DAS Acquisition Fund
During the last four years, under the direction of R. Craig Miller, senior curator of design arts and director of design initiatives, the IMA has acquired over 1,000 design objects emphasizing twentieth and twenty-first-century design. The new Design Arts Galleries on the Museum’s third floor will expand the collection’s exhibition space to nearly 10,000 square feet. This new installation, scheduled to open in 2013, will be one of the largest–and first–comprehensive surveys of the history of contemporary design in an American museum. With a special lead gift of $10,000 from the Design Arts Society (DAS), we have launched the 2012 Design Arts Society Purchase Fund initiative. Our goal is to help the Museum acquire twentieth-century masterpieces to fill major gaps in the collection, and to augment the numerous gifts that will be secured from national and international patrons, designers, and manufacturers over the next year.