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Designtex Announces New President


NEW YORK—Designtex, a Steelcase company, announced that Susan Lyons has joined the organization as of June 18, as their new president. Lyons was previously with Designtex as creative director and executive vice president of design. She left in 2002 to form a collaborative design studio that focused on material research, product and color strategy, product design and sustainable materials development. For the last six years, she has also worked as the creative director for materials at Herman Miller.

“Susan is a perfect fit for this role,” said Frank Merlotti, president of Coalesse. ”She is a systems design thinker who understands the business model, and is able to blend aesthetics with the overall design aspirations of the enterprise. We are thrilled to have her leading the way for Designtex.”

Lyons’ work is characterized by an original use of materials and new technologies. Her pioneering work in sustainable design has been recognized globally as a model of sustainable product development. Lyons has numerous design awards and her work can be found in museum collections both in the United States and Europe.

“I believe in the power of materials to shape the experience of a space,” Lyons said. “Materials, color and texture are a critical part of the tool box that the A + D community uses to create meaningful environments. We want to partner with architects and designers in that process of exploration and creation. Designtex is uniquely poised at the intersection of design and science, having pioneered sustainable product development in the early 1990s. We will endeavor to make products that are both smart and beautiful.”

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