1978  ( March 9 – April 16 ) Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

First ARANGO DESIGN FOUNDATION design competition “introduced new forms and understanding of their function by affording the opportunity to competing designers”.

Jurors: Florence Knoll Bassett, Bruno Danese, Jacqueline Vodoz, Massimo and Lella Vignelli. and Finn Henriksen, president of Norsk Staalpress A/S.

More than 600 entries received from a dozen countries

Criteria for awards were:

Understanding of function and use of form. Suitability of materials. Ease and cost of production and maintenance.

First Prize: Andreas Steiner, Amstetten Austria

Honorable Mention: Vito Tognarini, Volterra, Italy

Catalog Cover Design: Randy Burman

Eating Implements
“The goals of the competitions are to educate the public to the role of good design in everyday environment to challenge designers throughout the world and to give an opportunity to emerging talent” - Judith Arango




1979 (March 8 – April 15) Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

1979 ( June 15 – September 9 ) Renwick Gallery of the National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

Second ARANGO DESIGN FOUNDATION design competition “reflected the international concern for child education and development in keeping with the U.N. designated 1979 as “Year of the Child”.

Jurors: Kaija Aarikka, Dr, Fitzhugh Dodson,
More than 100 entries received from around the world, including Eastern Europe.

Criteria for awards were:

Design value, educational value, use of form and color, durability, delight and originality.

First Prize: “Creative Creatures” by: Dustin P. Davis, USA
(“to develop motor skills, stimulate an appreciation of good design, promote the understandingof color ad of relationships between two-dimensional design and three-dimensional objects”.)

Second Prize shared by:
“Beaver Studio, Construction Toy” by Masamichi Sawamura, Japan
(“to develop a child’s sense of design and creative ability, and relate it to the objects he or she sees daily, and to scale objects such as chairs to the eye of the child”)


“Ducking Dollies” by Christopher Wiggs, England
(“demonstrates related movement, principle of displacement, relative volume, water flow, and consecutive action”)

Honorable Mention: “Golden Mean Blocks” by Dr Eugene Provenzo, USA
(“based on “golden mean”, a ratio which exists extensively in nature, the blocks are designed to grow with the sophistication of the child”)

“The Incredible Inside-Out Body T-Shirt” By Vicki Hoffman, USA
(“for ages 8 – 12 to teach human anatomy”)

Exhibition Design: Mark Hampton, Architect, Miami, FL

Sponsors included: Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, through a grant from Burger King Corporation; State of Florida through Fine Arts Council of Florida; Department of State with the assistance of the National Endowment for the Arts.



1980 (June 15 – September 1) Metropolitan Museum and Art Center, Coral Gables, FL

Dedicated to the memory of Armi Ratia (1912 – 1979) founder of Marimekko Oy.

“There is only one responsibility – beauty.
 There is only one reality – a dream.
 There is only one strength – love.”  

From the diary of Armi Ratia (7/13/1926) age 14.

Jurors: Olga de Armaral, fiber artist, Bogota, Colombia, Lloyd Herman, Director of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. Ristomatia Ratia, Vice President, Creative Director, Marimekko Oy, Helsinki, Finland.

Criteria for awards were:
Esthetic appeal, originality, usefulness and suitability for industrial silkscreen production.
Any technique was acceptable for the fabric prototype completed after 1977.
Fabrics submitted for judging were 3 yards or 3 meters in length by 39” to 54” or 1 meter to 1.5 meter in width.

Exhibition Design: Yannis Antoniadis, Architect, Miami, FL

Sponsors: Arango Design Foundation, arango, inc, Marimekko Oy, Finland



1982 ( May 15 – July 4 ) Metropolitan Museum and Art Center, Coral Gables, FL

The designing of multi-use furniture is considered a socially responsible act, in a world of diminishing resources, conspicuous consumption and crass materialism. In ever shrinking living spaces as the world’s population moves to urban centers, there is a need for furniture that is adaptable , interchangeable, portable, combinable, stackable, and foldable.

Jurors: Vico Magistretti, award-winning designer, Milan, Italy; J. Stewart Johnson, Curator of Design, Museum of Modern Art, NY, NY; Börge Lindau, interior architect and designer, Sweden.

Criteria for awards:
A furniture design that performs two or more functions, either a single piece or a furniture system. The designer is free in the choice of materials, so long as they may be adapted to industrial production.

Designs will be judged on esthetic appeal, originality, versatility, suitability, for each of their multiple functions  and ability to be adapted to industrial production. Entries must have been designed or produced (for the first time) after 1977.

First Prize: “Lean Supporter” by Hendrik Jan Van Herwijnen, Rotterdam, Holland. Function: Seat and Leaner with various positions and sign holder.

Second Prize: “Table d’Haute” by Dee Marie Martin, NY, NY, USA. Function: Screen, shelves, seat, desk, and table.

Third Prize: “Ladder Table” by Ann Mudge, San Diego, CA, USA. Function: Table and step stool.

Exhibition Design: Arquitectonica, Miami, FL

Exhibition Organizers and Curators for the Arango Design Foundation: Intercon Arts, Inc (John J. Barratte, Carol Damian, Paul E. Thompson).

Sponsors: Mitchell Wolfson Jr., Miami, FL, Cassina, Milan, Italy, Lammhults Mekaniska AB, Lammhult, Sweden, Southeast Bank N.A., Miami, FL, Air Florida, Miami, FL, Mrs. C. Ruxton Love, Miami, FL, intercom Arts, Inc., Arango Design Foundation, Miami, FL.
International Advisory Committee: Florence Knoll Bassett, Lloyd E. Herman, J. Stewart Johnson, Jack Lenor Larsen, Börge Lindau, Vico Magistretti, Edward Newmark, Ristomatti Ratia, Lella Vignelli, Mitchell Wolfson Jr.



1984 (May – June) Center for the Fine Arts, Miami, FL

Glass is inherently beautiful, as old as civilization, as esoteric as fiber optics or as homely as a beer bottle. It can be blown, molded, poured, carved, spun, ground, extruded, sliced, glued and tempered to solve problems in every area of human activity from micro-surgery to space flight. The glass, which immediately concerns most of us, is the glass we put on our tables in our homes. Good design for everyday life.
Twelve galleries and museums joined ADF, in a community-wide educational event, with their own exhibitions examining GLASS.

Jurors: Thomas S. Buechner, Chairman of Steuben Glass and of Corning Glass Works Foundation; Claus Josef Riedel; Ludovico Diaz de Santillana, Director of Venini and President of Murano Glass Association.

Criteria for awards:
Originality, aesthetic value, suitability for factory production. Technical innovation encouraged but not required.

First Prize: Delta Vase by Mart A.A. Van Schijndel, The Netherlands

Second Prize: Water Splash Plates by Yoshitomo Saito, USA

Third Prize: Glassware by Carlo Moretti, Murano, Italy

Special Mention: Double Glory by Eric Hilton, Scotland

Honorable Mention: Glasses and a Carafe by Achille Castiglioni, Italy

Exhibition Installation Design: Bouterse Perez & Fabregas Architects Planners

Accompanying ARANGO DESIGN FOUNDATION Exhibition:


The exhibition presents factory glass from an international viewpoint from 1900 – 1984, the first of its kind, designed to educate through an interesting, entertaining and creative approach.

Exhibition Directors and Curators: Intercon Arts, Inc. John Baratte, President, Carol Damian, Vice President.

Co-Sponsors: Mitchell Wolfson Jr.; Claus Josef Riedel, K.G.; Tiroler Glashütte; ARANGO DESIGN FOUNDATION; Dade County Council for Arts and Sciences; Metropolitan Dade County; Center for the Fine Arts; Cassina, Milan, Italy; Southeast Bank, N.A.; Intercon Arts, Inc, John Baratte and Carol Damian.

Community Exhibitions:
Villa Vizcaya Museum and Gardens: Glass at Vizcaya
Metropolitan Museum and Art Center: Glass in Fashion
Historical Museumof Southern Florida: Glass that Worked
Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection of Decorative and Propaganda Art: International Modern Glass
Bass Museum of Art: Charles Schneider: Great Master of Art Deco Glass
Barbara Gillman Gallery: Glass in Sculpture: Regional Glass Artists
Virginia Miller Galleries: Fluid Dimension Works of C. Andree Davidt
Habatat Galleries Inc: American and European Masters in Glass, featuring Klaus Moje
Netsky Gallery: Glass that Works: One-of-a-kind and Limited Editions
Museum of Science: Glass demonstrations and Films
Miami Dade Public Library:
Coral Gables Branch: Utilitarian Art, Glass Objects from Aureus Art Gallery
South Regional Branch: Depression Glass

Catalog is funded by grants, and funding from all participating museums and galleries.





1987 (March 14 – April 19) Center for the Fine Arts, Miami, FL

CHANGING LIGHT is a coast-to-coast exhibition moving from Center for the Fine Arts in Miami to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and points in between.
Unlike the first five events, CHANGING LIGHT is not a competition but a juried exhibition. The objects are selected by the ADF from nominations submitted by critics, designers, manufacturers, and museum directors from an international compendium of catalogues, which included several thousand lamps.

Criteria: aesthetic content, innovation, and efficient use of energy, with special focus on new bulbs impact on lighting design.

Juror of Changing Light: Achille Castiglioni, Milan, Italy, whose task was to designate the pieces he considered worthy of special recognition, after actually viewing the lamps and experiencing their light. His choices were listed in the catalogue with his comments.

Achille Castiglinoni “Experiences in Designing Lighting” lecture at FIU, March 10, 1987

Exhibition Design: Donald Singer, FAIA

Exhibition Coordinator: Marcia Kreitman

Lighting Control Design: David L. Rice, P.E., RC Engineering

ADF Logo Design: Claudia and Jacques Auger

Sponsors: Florida Power and Light Company, Mitchell Wolfson, Jr.

Co-Sponsors: Philips International, B.V.; North American Philips, Donald Singer, FAIA; Flos S.P.A.; Rodrigo Rodriquez; Yamagiwa Co. Ltd.; Souteast Bank Corp. Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kahn; Zelco Industries; DLS Electronics; David L. Rice, P.E.; ARANGO  DESIGN FOUNDATION

ADF Board of Directors:
President: Judith Arango
Vice President: Robert Sindelir
Treasurer: Mark Hampton
Secretary: Pamela Johnson

Advisory Committee:
Florence Knoll Bassett, Lloyd E. Herman, J. Stewart Johnson, Jack Lenor Larsen, Börge Lindau, Vico Magistretti, Edward Newmark, Ristomatti Ratia, Rodriogo Rodriquez, Jan van der Marck, Lella Vignelli, Mitchell Wolfson, Jr.
Related Exhibitions; A Festival of Lights
Bass Museum: Video Transformations ( Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, David Byrne)
Barbara Gillman Gallery: Light Installation
BE Design: Architectural Lighting, Design and Sculpture Ben Eglin
Cuban Museum of Art and Culture: Light and Architecture in Cuba
Greater Miami Opera: Stage Lighting Demonstration for Opera, “Harriet”
Greene Gallery: Sculpture Eclectic and Electric
Holografix: Holograms and Laser Lighting
Hyper Space: Illuminating Populuxe
Metropolitan Museum and Art Center: Neon / Dorothy Bosco
Miami Dade Public Library: Experiments in Light
Miami Youth Museum: Plug into Electric Art
The Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection of Decorative and Propaganda Art: Light Opera: Virtuosity in Lighting Design 19th and early 20th Century
Museum of Science: Light and Perception
Netsky Gallery: Lighthouses
North Miami Museum and Art Center: New Age Art
OK Harris South: Light Sculptures
Planet ocean: Sea of Light
Virginia Miller Gallery: Light Mobile
Vizcaya: Antique Lightfixtures at Vizcaya





1989 (April 5 – June 24) Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Good Offices exhibition will tour throughout the United States and Europe, including:

1990 (January 27 – March 3) Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

1990 (June 15 – September 15) Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Montréal, Canada

The purpose of GOOD OFFICES exhibition is to clarify the distinction between good and bad design, in small things as well as large. The exhibition expresses the work of designers and producers who have opened their thinking to office machines and accessories that would enliven anyone’s working day: They are appealing, efficient, often truly innovative, and they are important, because of the everyday environment matters! In GOOD OFFICES we remind ourselves that huge numbers of us spend most of our hours in offices. The quality of those hours, the joy we take in our daily work, is unquestionably affected not only by how these objects function, but by whether they delight us. This has been the overarching theme of the six previous ARANGO exhibitions as well.

Juror of GOOD OFFICES: Dieter Rams

Exhibition Installation Design: Raul L. Rodriguez, Architect,  Rodriguez, Khuly, Quiroga Associates

Sponsors: Southeast Banking Corporation Foundation, Stelton USA, Kartell SpA, Marcatré SpA

Co-Sponsors: Braun AG; Corporate Design Foundation; Design Publications, inc, Graham Foundation; Immerman Foundation ( A supporting Foundation of Jewish Community Foundation of Cleveland); Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart, Germany; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kahn; Metropolitan Dade County Cultural Affairs Council; National Endowment for the Arts; Richard Plumer Designs; South Florida Cultural Consortium; Salomon, Kanner & Damian, P.A.; Zelco Industries; ARANGO DESIGN FOUNDATION

ADF Board of Directors:
President: Judith Arango
Vice President: Robert Sindelir
Treasurer: Mark Hampton, FAIA
Secretary: Pamela Johnson
Curator: Carol Damian

International Advisory Committee: Florence Knoll Bassett, Lloyd E. Herman, Jack Lenor Larsen, Masayuki Kurokawa, Börge Lindau, Vico Magistretti, Ellen L. Meyer, Ristomatti Ratia, Rodriogo Rodriquez, Jan van der Marck, Lella Vignelli, Christopher Wilk, Mitchell Wolfson, Jr.

Related Exhibitions:
South Florida at Work, at the following museums and galleries:

Bacardi Gallery: José Bernardo

Bakehouse Art Complex: Where Artists Work

Bass Museum of Art: The Future Now: Art of the 80’s

Barbara Gillman Gallery: Art in Office Design

Cuban Museum of Art and Culture: An Homage to José Mijares

Florida International University Design Department; Student Project: The Office of the Future

Greene Gallery: Tables

Historical Museum of South Florida: Jackie Robinson: An American Journey

Hollywood Art and Culture Center: Arts and Crafts of the Floridian Indian

Hyper space Gallery: Utility Furnishing

International Fine Arts College Design Department: Student Projects: Office Environments

Metro Dade Joseph Caleb Center: Crime Awareness, Working with the Police

Miami Dade Public Library: Typewriters

Miami Youth Museum: Buenos Dias Cuba – Working with Childen

Museum of Science: Perception and Illusion- Tricks of the Mind

North Miami Center of Contemporary Art: Miami City Ballet – A Peak Backstage

Planet Ocean: At work in the Gulf Stream

Sokolsky Center for Fine Crafts and Sculpture: The Artist and the Machine

South Florida Art Center and Gallery: In Progress

University of Miami New Gallery: Artist’s Workplace

Virginia Miller Gallery





1992 (July 25 –September 6) Center for the Fine Arts, Miami, FL

1992 -1993 (November 14 – January 9) The Forum, St. Louis, MS

1993 (March 13 – April 30) Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

“The task of the decorative arts (and who will think of a better name?) is above all to make us feel comfortable by serving us politely and helpfully. After that, it is to thrill us, let there be no mistake.” – Le Corbusier

His definition provided ideal criteria for selecting the “polite and helpful” articles that comprise OUT OF THE ORDINARY. Other criteria were cost: each object retails in its country of origin for no more than $20, and it had to be designed within the past ten years. Finally, most were collected in ordinary places where people shop: supermarkets, gas stations, drug stores.

Jurors: Mart van Schijndel. Louis Grachos, and members of Arango Design Foundation board

Exhibition Installation Design: Richard Arango, AIA.

Sponsors: Arango Design Foundation, Arango, Inc., Metropolitan Dade Cultural Affairs Council, Seckinger Arango Architects

ADF Board of Directors:
President: Judith Arango
Vice President: Robert Sindelir
Treasurer: Mark Hampton, FAIA
Secretary: Pamela Johnson
Curator: Carol Damian
Richard Arango, AIA
George Beylerian

International Advisory Committee: Florence Knoll Bassett, Lloyd E. Herman, Jack Lenor Larsen, Masayuki Kurokawa, Börge Lindau, Vico Magistretti, Ristomatti Ratia, Rodriogo Rodriquez, Jan van der Marck, Mart van Schijndel, Lella Vignelli, Christopher Wilk, Mitchell Wolfson, Jr.



1996 (March 22 – May 26) Center for the Fine Arts, Miami, FL

1996 (July 4 – September 15) Design Exchange, Toronto, Canada

1996 (October 13 – December 14) Detroit Institute of Arts, MI

1997 (February 19 – April 6) Design Centre, University of Quebec at Montreal

1997 (September 8 – October 17) California College of Arts and Crafts, S.F., CA

1997 - 1998 (December 1 – March 31) Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

The exhibition will have a permanent home in the collection of Design Resource Institute in Seattle.

A parallel European RE(F)USE exhibition travelled all over Europe, and was an opening exhibition of Danish Design Center in Copenhagen, Denmark. An independent exhibition Ri-Usi
opened at the Triennale di Milano December 1997, and travelled to museums to major Italian cities.

We recognize that the primary environmental concerns must be clean air and water and conservation of resources. We must learn to use less. Industrial designers and producers should take a central role by utilizing fewer and sustainable materials, to produce products that are poison-free and recyclable.

RE(F)USE exhibition, pronounced reUSE, is one of the first museum exhibition anywhere to focus on consumer products in terms of environmental criteria. It is an exhibition of more than 200 everyday products from 17 countries exploring the form-giving power of industrial design in the new world of recycled materials. Product include chairs made from old newsprint, necklaces from inner tubes, stationery from obsolete maps, and carpeting from soda bottles. By exhibiting these products we proclaim a revolutionary re-definition of design excellence, which may no longer be described without embracing environmental as well as aesthetic values: good industrial design from recycled and reused materials.

Exhibition organized by ARANGO DESIGN FOUNDATION

Curator: Judith Arango

Associate Curator: Andrea Lynch Cole

Exhibition Design Installation: Dennis Jenkins, Designer, J. Mikael Kaul, AIA, Architect, Maricarmen Martinez, Architect.

RE(F)USE Logo Design: Vignelli Associates

Principal Sponsors: National Endowment for the Arts, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, The Threshold Foundation, Dennis Jenkins Associates, Maricarmen Martinez, Architect, J. Mikael Kaul, AIA, Architect, The Graham Foundation, Politex SpA, Wilsonart International, Arango, Inc., and Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.

Co-Sponsors: Recycling Education foundation, Yemm & Hart Green Materials, Herman Miller for the Home, Inc., Dale Bowie Woodcraft, Gunther Seidl Reiglhofer Metal Arts, Carpet Creations, Image Industries, Inc., Withers Transfer and Storage, Windigo, Inc.

ADF Board of Directors:
President: Judith Arango
Vice President: Robert Sindelir
Treasurer: Mark Hampton, FAIA
George Beylerian
International Advisory Committee:
Paola Antonelli (Museum of Modern Art), Florence Knoll Bassett, Eric Chan, Arque Dickerson, Steve Diskin (Art Center College of Design), Lloyd E. Herman, Lisa Krohn (Art Center College of Design), Jack Lenor Larsen, Masayuki Kurokawa, Börge Lindau, Vico Magistretti, Cara McCarty (St. Louis Museum of Art), Ristomatti Ratia, Rodriogo Rodriquez, Jan van der Marck, (Detroit Institute of Art) Mart van Schijndel, Tucker Viemeister, Lella Vignelli, Christopher Wilk (Victoria and Albert Museum).

Lecture and Panel Discussion:
1996 ( March 23) Center for the Fine Arts

Green Design: A New Vision of the Material World
Artists, designers, curators and an environmentalist discuss industrial design and its relationship to environmental issues.

Keynote Lecture:Paola Antonelli, Associate Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Panelists: Paola Antonelli; Victor Papanek, Professor of Architecture and Design, University of Kansas; JoAnne Quarrier, Conservation Chair, Sierra Club, Miami; Colin Reedy, Designer, Meta-Morf, Inc. Portland.

Moderator: Judith Arango, Exhibition Curator, and President, Arango Design Foundation, Miami


2000 (September 16 – November 26) Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami

The exhibition features innovative industrial objects, furniture, environments, fashion, and graphic design, which reflect current values in American society. It reveals how design matters to individuals, communities and especially businesses who are now understanding design as a commodity by creating new corporate identities, and commissioning notable designers to develop innovative product. American corporations like Target, Apple, and Evian are capturing the attention of the design-savvy public everywhere. The exhibition asks: “What matters to America today?”

Curated by Rene Gonzalez, Architect, AIA, and Principal, design associates miami Inc.
Installation Design: design associates miami inc

Sponsored by: ARANGO DESIGN FOUNDATION, Interface Flooring Systems, Inc., Maharam, Luminaire, Starwood Investments,LLC, and Bacardi USA.

Panel Discussion: Mass Matters:
October 17, 2000 at Museum Of Contemporary Art, North Miami.
Panelists: Judith Arango, President, ARANGO DESIGN FOUNDATION, Cecilia Hernandez, Architect + Professor, University of Virginia, John Marquette, Designer, Luminaire, Karim Rashid, Industrial Designer, Guy Seese, Art Director, Evian Natural Spring Water.
Moderator: Linda O’Keefe, Director of Design and Architecture, Metropolitan Home Magazine
Sponsored by: Holly Hunt, Miami; The Dacra Companies; Craig + Ivelin Robins; Niecamper/ICF Group; Totem Design; Evian Natural Spring Water; Rubell Hotels; Beach House Bal Harbor; Metropolitan Home Magazine