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Making, Meaning and the Marketplace:Design Visionary and Entrepreneur Rob Forbes

Date: 04/16/2010

Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Location: Cowles Auditorium Humphrey Institute

Cost: Free and open to the public


This symposium will feature design visionary, entrepreneur and ceramist Rob Forbes. Rob Forbes is best known as the founder of Design Within Reach and for implementing his vision for a business. The business has grown into a leading retail destination for modern design in the U.S. His professional resume pre-Design Within Reach includes ceramic arts studio work in the U.S. and abroad, and retail management experience for Williams-Sonoma, London-based Selfridges, The Nature Company, and Smith and Hawken. In 2007 Mr. Forbes left DWR to launch Studio Forbes to further his interests in design, culture, and commerce. He is an avid cyclist and proponent of modern urban design initiatives and programs that help us reduce our dependency on cars, which led him to found his most recent venture - Public, Mass Transit for One.

"Rob Forbes' extraordinary resume of accomplishments makes him a rare gem within the modern design community," said Monica Hampton, Director of Education of the American Craft Council. "We are looking forward to an evening of engaging conversation that explores the intersections of Forbes’ creative initiatives, design, aesthetics, and the urban experience."

This symposium is presented by the American Craft Council. ACC will offer a free ticket to The American Craft Council St. Paul Show (Apr. 16-18 at the St. Paul RiverCentre) to those attending the symposium.


Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the Department of Art at artdept@umn.edu or 612-625-8096

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