Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

American Design from Innovative to Iconic


Price: $75 for OLLI Members    $95 for non-members

Dates & Time: Thursday, April 4, 11, 18, 25 10:00-12:00

Class Type: Online

Instructor:Eleanor Schrader

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Course Description

American Design, (part 2):  From Innovative to Iconic  (We did part 1, From Pilgrims to Plutocrats in Summer 2023.)

As America emerged into the 20th century, a forward-looking vision in design and architecture, and yet a desire to embrace its past successes, created an unstoppable force in the creative personalities and movements that defined American design.  This course will focus on the popular styles and design influences from the Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, Romantic Revivals, Mid-Century Modern, and Postmodern eras.  The extraordinary influence of designers and craftsmen such as Charles and Henry Greene, Gustav Stickley, Frank Lloyd Wright, Donald Deskey, Charles and Ray Eames, John Lautner, George Nakashima, Paul Williams, Frank Gehry, and many others will be discussed, as well the social and political influences upon their designs.  The course will include discussion of the various furniture styles in relation to their interior settings, including construction techniques and materials.


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Eleanor Schrader

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Date: 2024-04-04

Start time: 10:00 a.m. PST

End time: 12:00 p.m. PST

Venue: Online


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