Raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Kavanaugh became in 1952 only the third woman to earn a degree in Cranbrook Academy of Art's design program. After successful stints as one of GM's so-called Damsels of Design and as director of interiors for Victor Gruen's architecture and planning firm, she opened Gere Kavanaugh/Designs. There, Kavanaugh put her unique stamp on textiles, furniture, toys, graphics, store and restaurant interiors, holiday decor, housewares, and public art-even designing and curating exhibitions. But perhaps her most enduring project has been the joyful, open-ended, ongoing experiment of her own lifestyle and homes, a dream of color and handcraft.
Kavanaugh was awarded the AIGA Medal in 2016, recognizing her "prodigious and polymathic approach to design."
Number of Pages: 208
Publication Date: 2 Apr 2019
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication City, Country: New York, United States
Dimensions (cm): 25.4(H) x 19.1(L)
Reviews"A quote from Gehry on the back of a new art book celebrating her achievements says it best: 'Gere is an explorer looking for and making beautiful spaces and objects. I am so proud that her accomplishments are being published for all to study.'" -- The Observer's Design Magazine
"A new book looks at the life, work and career of the great Tennessee-born interior designer" -- The Guardian
Author BiographyLouise Sandhaus teaches in the graphic design program at California Institute of the Arts and is the author of Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California and Graphic Design, 1936-1986.
Kat Catmur is a graphic designer and illustrator. Recent clients include the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, California Institute of the Arts, and the BBC.