Design Duet

Image of a black and white painting with a low bench in front, an ikat blanket and pillows are on top of the bench.

Robert Black, Shadowcast, 1985. (John Mark Hall photograph)

DESIGN DUET
the creative lives of Robert Black and Ormond Sanderson

On display in the Robert K. Black and J. Ormond Sanderson Gallery
March 15 – September 9, 2018
Opens at 6pm on Thursday, March 15. Reception 6-8pm.

In the early 1960s, while Research Triangle Park was turning central NC into a magnet for modern technology, Robert Black and Ormond Sanderson’s Strawvalley complex presented furniture, lighting, and design by such well known architect/designers as Mies van der Rohe, Harry Bertoia, Eero Saarinen, Marcel Breuer, and Le Corbusier. Black and Sanderson were not only among the first to introduce modern design to southern consumers, but also major artists in their own right. Design Duet includes striking collage-paintings and award-winning stonewares by Black, alongside the etched and glazed enamels that led the organizers of the 1964 New York World’s Fair to choose Sanderson to represent the best of American art in its United States Pavilion. Pieces by other major designers round out the exhibition.