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Appalachian hosts first “Power of Design” celebration

BOONE—Appalachian State University will host “Power of Design: A Celebration of Charles and Ray Eames and the Powers of 10″ at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, in Plemmons Student Union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom.

The event brings together students, faculty and members of the professional community in all design disciplines, such as interior design, graphic design and industrial design.

Charles and Ray Eames are among the most important American designers. They are best known for their groundbreaking contributions to architecture, furniture design (the Eames chair), industrial design, manufacturing and the photographic arts.

In 1977, Charles and Ray Eames made a nine-minute film called “Powers of Ten” that depicts the scale of the universe in factors of 10. It begins by showing a couple at a picnic. The camera zooms out taking the viewer to the edge of the universe, and then zooms back to the picnic and decreases powers of 10 to show a single atom. The film has had tremendous impact on all spectrums of design. Every Oct. 10, the Eames Office celebrates The Powers of Ten to promote and share this method of viewing ideas from an infinitesimal to a cosmic perspective. Appalachian’s celebration is being held Oct. 1 due to fall break.

Appalachian’s celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and exhibit of Eames chairs and antique pieces provided by the Klingman Williams interior design firm and the Herman Miller Company, designer and manufacturer of furnishings, interior products and related services. From 7 to 8 p.m. the “Powers of 10,” and several other Eames films will be shown.

Immediately following the films, a panel discussion with practicing designers will be held. Members of the panel include Dwayne Boyce, Herman Miller; Jason Gammon, Enventys; Alicia Hardin, Workplace Strategies; Dick Klingman, Klingman Williams; Peter Marsh, Workplace Strategies and member of Appalachian’s interior design advisory committee; and Jim Thompson, Little.

The event is sponsored by contributions from Alfred Williams, Herman Miller, Klingman Williams, Workplace Strategies, interior design supporters and alumni.

For more information, visit or contact Jeanne Mercer-Ballard of Appalachian’s Design Council, at (828) 262-7832 or