Toyota Lecture Series


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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matali crasset
Industrial Designer and Principal, matali crasset productions 

"Design & Pragmatism"

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium,
Walter B. Ford II Building, 
CCS Walter and Josephine Ford Campus

Hosted by Sandra Olave Assistant Professor and Chair of Interior Design and Melinda Anderson, Creative Director of Detroit Design Festival, DC3

matali crasset is an industrial designer and principal of matali crasset productions, based in Paris. Her practice encompasses a broad range of design practice and manufacture, from handicraft to the latest digital technology. crasset has designed furniture, fabrics, architectural installations, housewares, accessories, and more for clients such as Alessi, Campeggi, Hermes, IKEA, Le Buisson, and Nodus. Running through her work is a pluralistic philosophy that sees design as comprising “scenarios for living.” crasset explores customs and rituals of everyday life, questioning the organizing principles behind them, to create solutions that engage users in new relationships with objects and space and with each other. Her lecture is titled “Design & Pragmatism.”



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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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