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DICE ’12 brings Charlie Lazor of FlatPak House and Blue Dot Furniture to Reno

By ThisIsReno

The Nevada Museum of Art will host DICE ‘12, a collaborative event presented by local design organizations on Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29, 2012.

DICE ‘12 is a multi-disciplinary design conference in northern Nevada that celebrates and advocates the value of good design. DICE’s mission is to demonstrate that great design empowers individuals, inspires the masses, and enriches entire communities.

For two days, members of the community will be inspired by speakers from a vast array of backgrounds. This year’s keynote speaker is Charlie Lazor, designer of the FlatPak House and cofounder of Blu Dot Furniture Company.

Charlie Lazor, principal of Minneapolis-based Lazor Office, began his exploration of prefabrication in 2002 through the creation of a home for his family. The resulting prototype—a two-story, three bedroom, three-bath house with a separate study and guest room—was completed in 2004 and launched the FlatPak series. As the name suggests, the system evokes a do-it-yourself attitude by offering owners a wide range of choices and a hand in the layout of their spaces.

FlatPak evokes the playful structure of the Eames House (1945–1949), designed by Charles and Ray Eames for the Case Study House program in California. A version of FlatPak based on Lazor’s prototype is produced by Empyrean, an experienced company that specializes in the construction of modern, prefabricated houses. A version of the FlatPak House was originally commissioned by Interface FLOR, a modular carpet company, for use at the 2005 International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York.

In addition to Lazor, Sean Adams, AIGA National President emeritus and partner of

AdamsMorioka; Blaise Bertrand, a designer from the industrial design firm IDEO; Ellen Dunham Jones, who has been featured in documentaries such as Urbanized and teaches architecture and planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology; Benjamin Ball of Ball-Nogues Studio, whose firm has exhibited work at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum among others; Curt Fentress of Fentress Architects, who leads an award winning architecture and interior architecture firm with offices worldwide, will also be speaking at the conference.

Lazor speaks on Saturday at 3:30pm.

Ticket for two-day conference: $125

Visit http://designconferencenv.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets.

Ticket for Charlie Lazor only: Visit http://www.nevadaart.org/ for more information

Conference Website: www.designconferencenv.com

DICE ’12 is sponsored by, AIA of Northern Nevada, Nevada Museum of Art, AIGA Reno/Tahoe, American Planning Association Nevada, USGBC Nevada, Black Rock Design Institute, Registered Ink, Silver Peak Brewery, and stancan™ design.


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