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Michael McCoy is the recipient of the Smithsonian’s first Design Minds National Design Award with Katherine McCoy for, in the words of the museum “affecting a paradigm shift in the design profession”. His influential designs include the new Horizon LED Light for Humanscale (with Peter Stathis), the million-selling “Bulldog Chair” for Knoll and the ‘McCoy Collection’ of tables, seating and accessories.
He has received over 200 design awards for his work for Humanscale, Knoll, Philips, Steelcase and NEC including Germany’s Red Dot Award, the IDSA Gold Award, The Spark Award, London’s FX Award, the ID Magazine Best of Category, the IBD Award and The Interiors Magazine Best Office Design and has been exhibited at many museums around the world, including the National Design Museum in New York, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the London Design Museum.
In recognition of his influence on design education he, with his wife Katherine, has received the American Center for Design Education Award, the Industrial Designers Society of America Education Award, and an honorary Doctorate from the Kansas City Art Institute. In 1994 they received the prestigious Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design given to 6 architects and designers annually.
A principal in McCoy & McCoy Inc. in Colorado and Fahnstrom/McCoy Design Consultants in Chicago, he was Co-chair of the Design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art for 23 years, Distinguished Visiting Professor at The Royal College of Art in London from 1994-1996 and Senior Lecturer at IIT’s Institute of Design in Chicago from 1996-2003.
His strategies for interpreting technology and information through design form have been widely published and he lectures internationally on the subject. He is the author of numerous papers on design and is co-author of Cranbrook Design:The New Discourse published by Rizzoli.