Projects > Green Furniture at Milwaukee Art Museum

Artists featured in the exhibition include Mike Jarvi, de Sellers, Molo Designs, Greenplay, Stovell Designs, Daniel Mihalik, Iannone Design, Jennifer Anderson, Forest Dickey, Bike Furniture Design, Joel Hester, David Raful, Uhuru Designs, Chris Poehlman, and Tanya Aguiniga.

This exhibition is curated by Ethan Lasser and Hongtao Zhou at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

"Take a seat please, experience green furniture at Art Museum"

Green Furniture focuses on the concept of sustainable design, which centers not only around a responsible use of materials and methods of manufacture but also on issues of object life span, energy usage, and recycling/disposal. The exhibition explores how 21st-century furniture makers seek to modify our aesthetic expectations—especially when it comes to forms that are multifunctional, recyclable, or made of alternative materials. Work by contemporary artists is featured alongside historical objects, exploring roots of the green idea in furniture design.

The exhibition curators also strive to achieve a level of "green curating" that cuts down on this exhibition's carbon footprint. The team is scaling back the use of paper in design, planning, and writing practices related to the show; incorporating local objects and materials that do not require crating and shipping from far away places; and using bicycle transportation for objects from as far away as Madison and Green Bay. In the gallery, the design team will use recycled materials for labels and platforms. Electronically activated lighting will control energy consumption, as well.

January 30, 2010: Green Fair at the Milwaukee Art Museum.