Furniture designer, artist, and educator Scott Klinker heads the graduate 3D design program at the renowned Cranbrook Academy of Art as Designer-in-Residence, where he also received his MFA in 1996. His work there builds on the Cranbrook tradition of modern design - searching for new forms to address our changing needs. In line with Cranbrook's tradition of integrating Design, Art and Craft, he believes that the best forms are not conceived in the mind, but discovered with the hands. His broad approach to form giving is driven by an interest in remixing the categories of industrial design, architecture and sculpture.
After gaining experience as an in-house designer at Sony/Ericsson, and as senior staff at IDEO – Klinker ventured to Japan in 1999 to lead a product design program at the Kanazawa International Design Institute and founded his independent studio, Scott Klinker Design. His practice strikes a balance between industry projects and cultural projects, working with design-driven clients including Herman Miller, Alessi, Steelcase, Landscape Forms, Burton Snowboards, and others. His limited edition works are currently represented by Playground Detroit.
In 2006, Scott was featured in Newsweek’s annual ‘Design Dozen’ selection of best new designers. In 2010, his ‘Trellis Bowl’ was produced by Alessi, the iconic Italian manufacturer of tableware products. In 2018, Scott’s “Corner Bright Light” for Fab.com earned a Silver Award in the lighting category of the International Design Awards. In 2019, he served as juror for the Industrial Design Excellence Awards hosted by the IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America). He has also organized and curated exhibitions to promote design in Kanazawa, Chicago, Detroit, New York and Milan. His exhibitions of Cranbrook student work at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in NYC have won the Best School Award four times since 2001, including an award in 2019. As an active agent in education, culture and commerce, he is building new works, connections and discussions to inspire design culture in America and abroad.
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’Zone Lights’ featured in group show ‘Substance’ by Form and Seek in Detroit.
’Material Light’ studies featured at David Klein Gallery in Detroit through August.
Cranbrook 3D Design wins Best School Award at the ICFF in NYC.
Dwellings shown in group show at Playground Detroit.
Corner Bright Light and Lowrider Lounge receive Honorable Mentions in the IDEA Awards.
Corner Bright Light takes a silver award in the lighting category of the International Design Awards.
Offi’s Lowrider Lounge shown for the first time at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in NYC.
Lightforms presented with Playground Detroit in a group show ‘Comm[unity]’.
Scott begins his first-ever sabbatical from Cranbrook after 16 years, taking 9 weeks to travel through Italy and Spain to visit key architectural sites. Back in the studio, these travels inspired a new round of photo constructions (see instagram account above).
Lightforms featured in 'Cranbrook: A New Domestic Landscape' Exhibition thru January 2018 at the Cranbrook Art Museum. This exhibition will also feature the work of prominent recent alums from the Cranbrook 3D Design Department.
Scott is invited by the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art to speak on panel discussion exploring new connections between design, art, and craft. Other panelists included Jennifer Scanlon, former curator of the Museum of Art and Design in NYC.
Scott's appears on Detroit Public Television in a 'conversation' about Eero Saarinen's legacy at Cranbrook to support a new documentary film about Eero's life and work. Additional clips from the conversation were used as commercials to promote the screening.
Scott's Superset is featured on the design blog/magazine Sight Unseen.
Scott's Lightforms are exhibited with Playground Detroit in a group show called 'Ambience'.
Scott talks about developing design culture in this interview on the Core77 design blog.
Scott gives a talk entitled 'Prototyping Culture' at the national conference of the IDSA - Industrial Designers Society of America - in Detroit.
New article about Cranbrook 3D's recent exhibition at the Collective Design fair during NYCxDesign in May.
The Low Rider Lounge designed for Offi made its debut at Neocon in Chicago, the largest trade show of contract furnishings in the US. The chair will be ready to ship in September.
Cranbrook 3D exhibits 'Fine Design for the End of the World' at the Collective Design Fair in NYC during design week, with creative direction by Scott Klinker. See the exhibition here.
SKDS appears in a beautiful video about 'Detroit: City of Design' by Stephen McGee. Look for it at 1:25.
Check out my sabbatical lecture at Cranbrook if you'd like to learn more about my recent lighting designs.
Scott is interviewed by Core77 design blog on the future of design education.
Scott is guest-editor for INNOVATION magazine on the theme of design/art/craft. The magazine is the quarterly journal for the IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America) with a circulation of over 12,000 readers. In addition to directing the theme of the magazine, Scott also conducted an interview with Italian design master Andrea Branzi.
SKDS is a finalist in Metropolis Magazine's 'Workplace of the Future' competition. The top twelve (of over 200) submissions are shown here.
October 25 - November 30, 2013.
"Life Support: Art -Design Sustenance"
Scott's Tower Book Displays will be part of an exhibition at the David Richard Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico featuring functional artwork.
September 17 through October, 2013.
"Doing it, and Doing it, and Doing it Well"
Scott's Spaceframe Builders Kit was featured in this Cranbrook Alumni Show at Studio Couture in Detroit.
May 18 - 21, 2013.
'Hands-On: Conceptual Craft Research"
Scott co-curated this alumni show with Chris Schanck at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in NYC. Several of his pieces we also featured in the show. A website documenting the exhibition can be found here:http://www.cranbrookhands.com/
September 2012. Scott Klinker for Alessi
After nearly two years in development, the Italian 'design factory' Alessi will launch a small group of products from Cranbrook, including the new 'Trellis' bowl by Scott Klinker. Available at Alessi retailers and the Alessi website.
2012 Design Week in NYC
Scott leads two major projects exhibited in NYC. 'Metal Workshop: Cranbrook for Alessi' at the Alessi SOHO showroom presents prototypes and new products from a recent workshop. 'Rest and Concentration in the Workplace' presented six prototypes from a recent student project for Herman Miller at the ICFF which earned the Cranbrook 3D Design program the prestigious 'Best School' award.
July 2010 Maker Faire Detroit
A two-day Spaceframe Installation at The Henry Ford Museum invited thousands of visitors to help in building the most monumental structures to date.