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…]
(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
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)
Public Seating, Denver Art Museum (download as PDF)
Images: Jason A. Knowles, Fentress Architects
Michael McCoy and Peter Stathis’ Horizon Light won a coveted IDSA Gold Award at the 2012 awards presentation. Horizon Light IDSA Gold Award (PDF)
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
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The Humanscale Horizon Light event was a big success with over 90 people in attendance, and we attracted many of the top architects in the area. Thanks to everyone who helped put this together.