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Multidisciplinary designer to receive Titan Award

Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.

Michael Vanderbyl, through his multidisciplinary approach and commitment to design, has forged a career path that is nothing short of extraordinary,” said International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Executive VP and CEO Cheryl Durst, who will present the Titan award at the IIDA annual meeting on June 8 as part of NeoCon in Chicago.



Michael Vanderbyl

Vanderbyl’s body of work encompasses graphic design, furniture and product design, showrooms and retail spaces. His expressed goal through his 40 years of work has been to merge forms of design that traditionally exist separately to create new and distinctively fused works of art.

His vision and work ethic positioned him as one of the designers who ushered in the San Francisco Bay Area’s prominence as a center of the postmodern movement in graphic design during the 1980s.

His clients include AmericanOne, Baker Furniture, Bernhardt Furniture, The Blackstone Group, Bolier & Company, Boyd Lighting, Esprit, HBF, IBM, Luna Textiles, McGuire Furniture, Robert Talbott, Teknion and The Walt Disney Company. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Denver Art Museum; Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; and the Library of Congress. He currently serves as Dean of Design at California College of the Arts (CCA), where he has taught design for more than 30 years. In 2012, Vanderbyl was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

“His innovative contributions to numerous design disciplines as well as his more than 30 years of design teaching have made him a vital force in the international design community, and we are exceedingly proud to acknowledge him as the recipient of this year’s IIDA Titan Award,” said Durst.