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RE: [teacherartexchange] Chair Designer - Japanese designer Masanori Umeda


From: Sears, Ellen (ellen.sears_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Aug 24 2011 - 21:20:24 PDT

How funny is that! I had entered 'chair designer + getty'... even went to the archives and searched... and nothing came up... but obviously didn't do 'chair designer + teacherartexchange'... (although I think I did do 'teacher's art exchange'... separate words!)
But only 2006 - I could have sworn I had thrown out ancient models I had ... in 2006! Shows my years are really running together!

I thought it was you that had shared the info - and I don't remember the 'interactive' Denver section... I do remember the blackline master...

I really liked the little chairs the students came up with - I think I will have to try to find a way to incorporate this into our year again.

Thanks so much Judy -
From: Judy Decker
Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 9:01 PM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Chair Designer - Japanese designer Masanori Umeda

Greetings Ellen and All,

It was posted in 2006 - and you liked it then, too (smile). I don't
know when his name came up the first time.

Below is my post from the archives.

Folks, this just proves the need to have clear subject lines. I found
this right away in Google. I entered - Chair Designer
teacherartexchange - and it came right up.


Judy Decker

Subject: [teacherartexchange] Chairs inspired by nature - Japanese
designer Masanori Umeda

Dear Art Educators,

I know many of you like to do Chairs units... here is a different
alternative to the 'art in the style of...." lesson. Try chairs
inspired by nature and use the Japanese designer Masanori Umeda for
inspiration. His motives were very similar to Georgia O'Keeffe's -
might be a good lesson to draw some comparisons. Use some of the
flowers that inspired her and design a functional object from the
flowers (wouldn't have to be chairs)... and it wouldn't have to be
flowers either - kids could be inspired by fish or other natural
object (Umeda was also inspired by fish in designing bowls and such).

I found this designer by exploring Wacky Kids site (from Denver Art

I entered Masanori Umeda chair in Google and found many additional
chairs. Search by just his name and you will find more things he

Here are more works in the Denver Art Museum Collection that children
can explore and learn:

The Northwest Coast segment was listed in Riverdeep Newsletter.


Judy Decker

On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 11:46 AM, Sears, Ellen wrote:

> I am also trying to find the name of a chair designer that was mentioned on this list maybe 15+ years ago - really. Maybe a Japanese designer whose chairs were inspired by things in nature? I had a class do small chairs based on her work - I would like to find some images -
> If you can't help me with the name - I would love to have the name of other designers that might work -
> Ellen

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