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Design educator

Mel Byars, American design educator. Recipient Annual Exhibition Merit award, Art Directors Club New York, 1978, Joel Polsky prize, American Society Interior Designers, 1995, Merit award, Art Directors Club New York, 2002, Book of Year award, ForeWord Magazine, 2004, Outstanding Reference Book of Year award, Indiana Public Organization, 2004.

Background

Byars, Mel was born on September 1, 1938 in Columbia, South Carolina, United States. Son of Melvin Mark Byars and Annie Lee Selby.

Education

Bachelor in Journalism, University South Carolina, Columbia, 1960.

Career

Adjunct professor Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City, 1995, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, 1997—2000. Professor Holon Institute of Technology, Israel, since 2005. Editor, founder website Designzine, New York City, 2000—2001.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: (non-fiction books) The Design Encyclopedia (Besterman/McColvin Gold medal award, Chartered Institute Library. & Information, 2005), 50 Tables: Innovations in Design and Materials, 50 Chairs: Innovations in Design and Materials, The Design Encyclopedia, New Chairs: Design, Materials and Technology, Design in Steel, On / Off: New Electronic Products. Author: (with Arlette Barre-Despond) 100 Designs / 100 Years: A Celebration of the 20th Century.

      Author: 50 Beds: Innovations in Design and Materials, 50 Products: Innovations in Design and Materials, 50 Sportswares: Innovations in Design and Materials, 50 Lights: Innovations in Design and Materials.

Connections

father:
Melvin Mark Byars

mother:
Annie Lee Selby