The IIDA named Michael Vanderbyl, IIDA, as the recipient of its 2014 IIDA Titan Award. The IIDA Titan Award recognizes significant contributions to the interior design profession by a design-related individual, company or organization. Michael will be presented with the honor and celebrated at the IIDA Annual Meeting to be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Sunday, June 8 during NeoCon in Chicago.
“Michael, through his multidisciplinary approach and commitment to Design, has forged a career path that is nothing short of extraordinary,” IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP, said. “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.”
After four decades, Vanderbyl’s body of work encompasses graphic design, furniture and product design, showrooms, and retail spaces. He established Vanderbyl Design in 1973, positioned 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 list of clients includes 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.
Michael’s 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, Michael was named to the Interior Design Hall of Fame.