For their inaugural fall semester studio visit, first-year MFA Design students trekked downtown to designer Todd Oldham’s financial district studio. Oldham shared tricks of the trade with the emerging designers, culled from his prolific career spanning fashion, graphic design, product design and photography.
The visit included a tour of the studio, a sneak peek of Oldham’s private office, and a visit to his garment storage room, where sequined samples from his ’90s fashion collections were on view. Students were also invited to play with original prototypes for Kid Made Modern, Oldham’s line of sustainable and affordable arts and crafts supplies, which were recently made available at Target stores. Oldham spoke about the entrepreneurial aspects of the design world, encouraging the class to be “good earth citizens” by adopting sustainable practices in both their staffing and production methods.
According to student Kritbodee Chiacharoen, Oldham’s trademark optimistic energy rubbed off on the group: “Success means being happy with what you are doing—‘listen to your heart and do what you want’—Todd said so.”
Each student took home a book from Oldham’s “Place Space” series. Upcoming MFA Design studio visits include designer Ed Schlossberg, illustrator Maira Kalman, and Mark Pernice and Zhang Qingyun of Young Professionals.
Images from top down: Todd Oldham, photo courtesy of Todd Oldham Studio; SVA students looking at books Oldham’s designed, and Oldham presenting his Kid Made Modern collection, both photos by Jamie Keesling.