Carnegie Mellon Set Design Students in School of Drama Present
Holiday Table Settings Based on Famous Artists' Styles
PITTSBURGH — Freshmen designers in the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University will present their "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" project from 9 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the first-floor lobby of the Purnell Center for the Arts. For the project, students designed a table setting, featuring a placemat, name card, plate, cup and utensils, for famous guests, such as Frank Gehry, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi and Irving Penn, among others. The table will be on display from Dec. 11 to Dec. 18.
In the project, students were tasked with researching a given artist, photographer, installation artist or architect to design a table setting for that guest. Students had to take into account their subject's artistic style and achievements. For instance, a student whose subject was Frank Lloyd Wright had to study Wright's architectural style and translate his ideas from buildings to flatware and a placemat.
"It is my hope that this project will expose the students to creative genius in the world and give them the opportunity to study the aesthetic of their artist, allow that aesthetic to enter themselves deeply and capture its essence when translated into a place setting," said Design Professor Susan Tsu.
The full list of "guests" includes: Cecil Beaton, Christo, Salvador Dali, Erte, Buckminster Fuller, Frank Gehry, Andy Goldsworthy, Theo Jansen, Frida Kalho, Rene Magritte, Robert Mapplethorpe, Thierry Mugler, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, Tony Orsler, Irving Penn, Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman and Frank Lloyd Wright.
The "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" table designed by students in 2005 is shown at right.