Michael Vanderbyl

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Michael Vanderbyl (born February 9, 1947 in Oakland, California) is a multidisciplinary designer and design educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the principal of Vanderbyl Design.


Vanderbyl received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design in 1968 from California College of the Arts (CCA). He taught graphic design at CCA for more than 30 years, from 1973 to 2014 and served as the Dean of Design from 1986 to 2002.[1][2]

He was one of the artists in the early 1980s that helped establish the San Francisco Bay Area as a center of the postmodern movement in graphic design. He established his own practice, Vanderbyl Design, in 1973. Over the years his work has expanded from graphic design to designing furniture, products, showrooms and retail spaces. Clients have included Esprit, Baker Furniture, The Walt Disney Company, IBM, AmericaOne, Robert Talbott, Teknion, The Blackstone Group and Luna Textiles.[citation needed] He has designed products for, among others, McGuire Furniture,[3] and HBF.[4]

In 2000 Vanderbyl was awarded the medal of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA).[5] He has been a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) since 1987. He was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) in 2006. In 2012, he was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.[6]

His work is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and the Library of Congress.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Michael Vanderbyl". Bolier. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  2. ^ Braun, Laura (January 30, 2017). "Contract: 2017 Legend: Michael Vanderbyl". California College of the Arts. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  3. ^ "McGuire Furniture". www.kohlerinteriors.com. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-04-27. Retrieved 2007-03-15.
  5. ^ "2000 AIGA Medalist: Michael Vanderbyl". AIGA. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  6. ^ "Michael Vanderbyl: 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee". Interior Design. Retrieved 2016-04-06.