Curt Fentress and Michael McCoy present PLACE®: History in the Making at the Denver Art Museum


The Colorado AIGA profiles two of this regions most famous designers; Michael McCoy & Curt Fentress, AIA. McCoy and Fentress recount the development of their highly successful transportation seating system for Arconas. There will be interactive portions of the presentation with the audience as they pass around actual 3D printed parts of the PLACE seating for first hand review and touch.

PLACE: History in the Making

Sat, Sep 17, 2016 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Denver Art Museum
100 W 14th Ave Pkwy
Denver, CO 80204

Airports International Magazine features Arconas Place seating by Michael McCoy and Curt Fentress


In December of 2015, Airports International magazine published this article, detailing improvements to the airline passenger experience achieved through the use of Michael McCoy and Curt Fentress’ Place seating by Arconas. Excerpt follows…

The seat design and accessories are meant to transform a mere airport seat into a compact, tidy office, or as Arconas puts it, “Place makes every seat the best seat in the house.”

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Arconas seating featured in Architect Magazine


Michael (right) and Curt Fentress teamed up to create airport seating for contemporary travelers – featured in Architect Magazine Photo courtesy: Fentress Architects

This interview in Architect Magazine details the innovative Arconas airport seating, designed by McCoy and Fentress. An excerpt follows.

It’s no secret that the functionality and comfort of airport seating are less than optimal, adding to the frustration of travelers juggling any combination of food, beverages, small children, mobile devices, and carry-on bags. Place, a seating system that’s particularly well-suited for spaces where large groups of people are forced to sit and wait, wants to change that. The system was designed by Denver-based Fentress Architects’ CEO and design principal Curt Fentress, FAIA, and industrial designer and former Cranbrook Academy of Art design department co-chair Michael McCoy, for contract seating manufacturer Arconas. It features integrated power outlets and USB ports, extra space [Read the full article…]

Curtis Fentress, Michael McCoy, and Arconas Launch Place™, the Latest Development in Airport Seating

3-Seat-coffee-cup_Place-1(Los Angeles, California) October 25, 2013 — The intersection between user experience and design is increasingly driving the world, and the travel industry is in the early stages of exploring it. As airports continue to evolve, so does the passenger experience.

Curtis Fentress and Michael McCoy have been talking about furniture design since they first met. Fentress, a world-renowned aviation architect, and Michael McCoy, an award-winning industrial designer, Continue reading

Designer-Friendly User-Research Methods

Published in INNOVATION, winter 2012

I am writing this article as an enthusiastic user of innovative design research tools and methods, with no claim to have invented any of them. I have had the privilege to know many of the pioneers in design research, including Niels Diffrient, FIDSA, Rick Robinson, John Cain, IDSA, Steve Wilcox, FIDSA, Paul Rothstein, John Rheinfrank and Bill Moggridge, FIDSA and have embraced and adapted many of their methods to use in my practice and teaching. I differentiate the industrial-strength methods of Wilcox, Robinson and others, which are usually applied to very complex problems, from what I am talking about here. Part of my interest has been on designer-friendly research methods that get the designer out of the studio and into the world to observe how people interact with things in real life. Read full article (PDF)

Andrew Blauvelt on the Horizon Light


The Horizon Light at the reception desk at the Walker Art Center

We were in the process of updating the museum’s main ticketing desks, searching for a contemporary lamp that would fit into our facility-wide lighting plan to switch from incandescent and fluorescent sources to LED. The Horizon Light supplements our existing lighting sources, which are a combination of artificial and day lighting, and allows our staff to control the amount of light on their work surface, directing the light to where they need it. I needed a fixture that would fulfill these needs and fit into the overall aesthetic and design of a contemporary art museum. The Horizon Light’s innovative flat-panel LED creates a luminous, even plane of light and the minimalist armature articulates fluidly and naturally. Unlike the first generation of LED task lights, Horizon is a rare combination of an elegant, simple, and clear design that works.

Andrew Blauvelt, Curator of Architecture and Design, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Michael McCoy to Present at the Tivoli Center Wednesday, Oct 24

Michael McCoy will speak about designing with a new lighting technology.

Michael McCoy is the first recipient, with Katherine McCoy, of the Smithsonian’s Design Minds National Design Award for, in the words of the museum “affecting a paradigm shift in the design profession”.

His new Humanscale Horizon Light (designed with Peter Stathis) has won over 20 international design awards including the Red Dot Award and the IDSA Gold Award and is in the permanent design collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, The Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, The Denver Art Museum and the Kirkland Museum. McCoy is the former Director of 3D Design for the influential Cranbrook Academy of Art.

WED. OCT 24, 2012 @ 7:00pm TIVOLI 640 : THE TOWER
Tivoli Center 900 Auraria Pkwy, Denver, CO, 80204
Limited Seating

RSVP no later than Oct. 16th to:

$10.00 cash only entrance fee. IDSA members free

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