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  • Public-Library is a cross-disciplinary design studio in Los Angeles. They construct identities, concepts and experiences for brands through the practice of reduction using fundamental typographic theory and experimentation with space and form.

    Ramón Coronado and Marshall Rake met as design students at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After studying, working, and exhibiting independently for many years—both stateside and internationally—their design philosophy and approach brought them back together as Public-Library in 2011.

  • Sandra Lim

    Mar 29| Lectures
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    Sandra Lim is the author of two collections of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque and The Wilderness, winner of the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Louise Glück. Her work is also included in the anthologies Gurlesque, The Racial Imaginary, and Among Margins: An Anthology on Aesthetics. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Getty Research Institute.

  • Intern Recruitment Day

    Mar 30| Special Event
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    Continental breakfast will be from 8:00 – 8:45, interviews will take place from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Otis welcomes companies that are recruiting for Summer internships in the following areas: Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Communications Arts, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Product Design, Toy Design.
  • A limited number of tickets are available to FUN HOME, an emotionally charged and poignant family drama, inspired by the graphic novel of the same name by Alison Bechdel, in which she explores her coming out and the suicide of her domineering father Bruce. Sign up in the Office of Student Activities located in the Student Life Center Room 150E.

  • Edgar Arceneaux was born in Los Angeles in 1972. He investigates historical patterns through drawings, installations, and multimedia events, such as the reenactment of Ben Vereen’s tragically misunderstood blackface performance at Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Gala.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to announce the George H. Scanlon Foundation Lecture REDUX.5 by Michiel Riedijk at MOCA.

     

    Michiel Riedijk regularly lectures at universities, cultural institutions and symposia worldwide. His theories and writings on architecture have gained international recognition from fellow architects and scholars. The work of Neutelings Riedijk Architects has received worldwide appreciation through numerous publications, international awards and exhibitions around the world. - Neutelings Riedijk Architects

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Alumna Melanie Abrantes' Woodwork in the San Francisco Chronicle

Product Design Alumna Melanie Abrantes ('12) is determined to disrupt the notion that wood is rough, linear and unforgiving.

Melanie Abrantes Pairs Woodwork with Cork

By Sophia Markoulakis
Oakland woodworker Melanie Abrantes is determined to disrupt the notion that wood is rough, linear and unforgiving.
 

“When I studied product design at Otis, we were exposed to several different mediums, and I fell in love with wood,” Abrantes says, referring to Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. “It is a natural source and is so malleable even though it’s so hard. I love the grain, the color and the fact that I have no choice with what nature gives me.”

Her Wood & Cork Collection ($48-$300) debuted earlier this month at New York Now, the city’s twice-a-year trade-only home and lifestyle exhibition, where she hopes to capture the attention of retailers looking for handmade products.
 

Launched in 2014, Abrantes’ design business (www.melanieabrantes.com) started with a curvaceous cake stand that caught the eye of bloggers and fellow designers. Since then she has expanded her collection to include her other love — cork — and hopes to elevate its status beyond wine stoppers and pinning boards.
 
“Growing up I spent summers in Portugal visiting my grandparents, and cork is used there the same way we use wood here,” she says. “There are so many amazing qualities about cork that many don’t know about. It’s strong, porous and antibacterial.”
 
Included in the new collection are candlesticks, bowls and planters. “The planters are a great alternative to ceramic. I’ve been testing them and noticed that the cork absorbs the water and slowly nurtures the plants.” The canisters in the collection were inspired by commissioned pieces for San Francisco restaurant Seed + Salt. “Once I completed those pieces, I realized I wanted to create my own series of them.”
 
Abrantes achieves her trademark rounded designs by manually and mechanically “turning” hand-picked domestic wood and imported Portuguese cork from raw blocks into smooth and voluptuous pieces. “Maybe because I’m a woman, I’m drawn to these more feminine forms, which is also a contrast to what people think of when they think of woodworkers.”
 
Available at Pippa & Co., 2544 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda; Crimson, 470 49th St., Oakland; Aggregate Supply, 806 Valencia St., San Francisco; and at www.melanieabrantes.com.
 
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