Toyota Lecture Series

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The Toyota Lecture Series in Design was established through a generous $1 million endowment gift to the College for Creative Studies from Toyota Motor Company. The endowment is used to bring prominent designers and scholars in all fields of design to speak at CCS.

Previous Toyota Lecturers include Hideichi Misonom, Shiro Nakamura, Alexander Gelman, April Greiman, Wahei Hirai, Kevin Hunter, Syd Mead, Daniel Pink, Karim Rashid, Chris Lefteri, Matthew Crawford, Stephen Burks, Stefan Sielaff, Kyle Cooper, Ezio Manzini and Min Wang.

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Chris Lefteri is widely recognised as one of the leading experts working in the field of materials & design. His studio, Chris Lefteri Design, has locations in London, Seoul and Singapore and has worked with bluechip corporations and major design studios across Europe, the US and Asia implementing a broad range of strategies for effective materials integration in the design process. The studio has a distinctive expertise that germinates new approaches in automotive, packaging, sports, furniture, consumer electronics. His client list includes: Lenovo, Target, VW, BMW, Staples, LG and Samsung Electronics, Logitech, Staples & KIA Motors. The studio also works with major material suppliers such as Corning Glass, PolyOne, UPM, Dow Corning and Exxon Mobil helping them to communicate more effectively with design industry and find new markets.


Join us:

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6:00 p.m. 
CCS's Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium
Walter B. Ford II Building, Walter and Josephine Ford Campus
201 E. Kirby
Detroit, MI



Past Lecturers

Louise Fili
Hideichi Misonom
Shiro Nakamura
Alexander Gelman
April Greiman
Wahei Hirai
Kevin Hunter
Syd Mead
Daniel Pink
Karim Rashid
Chris Lefteri
Matthew Crawford
Stephen Burks
Stefan Sielaff
Ed Fella
Kyle Cooper
Ezio Manzini
Min Wang
Glenn Shrum
Tim Flattery

David Gibson
Massimo Ferragamo
Ken Walker
Stefan Sagmiester
Cynthia E. Smith
Walter Hood
Marco Susani
Leo Espinosa
Neville Page
Gordon Bruce
Chris Pullman
Matthew Crawford
Brian Connelly
Scott Robertson
Toshikatzu Koyiashi
Jon Calame
Damon Rich
James Carpenter
Aki Choklat

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