From left: Karen Stone, Knoll; Deborah Alden, managing director, Pratt Institute; Lisa Tziona Switkin, principal, Field Operations; Rob Van Varick, principal, Michael Graves Architecture and Design; Mark Randall, principal, Worldstudio; and moderator Vijay Chakravarthy, chapter chair, ISDA NYC at the panel on May 10.
Karen Stone, director of design, Knoll, spoke on a panel organized by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) New York City chapter on May 10, 2016. The panel, moderated by IDSA NYC Chapter Chair Vijay Chakravarthy at Parsons The New School of Design, brought together a diverse group of design professionals. In addition to Stone, the panel included: Lisa Tziona Switkin, principal of James Corner Field Operations; Rob Van Varick, principal of Insights & Strategy at Michael Graves Architecture and Design; Deborah Alden, managing director at Pratt Institute and Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator; Mark Randall, principal of Worldstudio.
The panel, entitled "Design for Social Impact," raised the question, "How can design help shape better societies and a progressive future?" The panel began by recognizing that design is a "powerful change agent, and the guiding principle of design is to better the world around us," in the event page's phrasing. The conversation took on questions of how design can drive positive change while also practicing as a business. Panelists concluded by discussing how future generations of designers can be prepared for the complex challenges that lie ahead in a constantly evolving field.
Karen Stone is an award-winning designer whose work for Knoll has been recognized by ID, Domus, and Interiors, among other publications. She is responsible for the design of Knoll Showrooms, Knoll Retail Shops, exhibitions and trade shows, including NeoCon in Chicago. In addition, she has worked on growing sustainable design, new materials and technologies and new finish directions at Knoll. Stone is passionate about educating future generations of design leaders, establishing the Knoll Design Student Internship program and acting as Faculty Advisor to both the IDSA Student Chapter and the Pratt Legends Design Award. She is Adjunct Professor in Industrial Design at Pratt Institute in New York City.