Designers often talk about the moment they realized their destiny lay in design. For Tucker Viemeister, it was pretty much the moment he was conceived. Tucker was born to Read Viemeister, a famous industrial designer (and an activist mom, Beverly, who nurtured his social responsibility side). And the name Tucker? It’s because of the 1948 Tucker Sedan, the legendary automobile that his dad Read was busy designing at the time of his birth. Yes, Tucker Viemeister is named after a piece of industrial design…which his industrial designer dad worked on! Talk about a birthright.
But for all his higher calling, Tucker remains remarkably grounded, often appearing on the scene wearing his signature baseball cap and an impossibly wide grin. He’ll take a similar approach to his column for us this week, appropriately titled (for a Lab Chief) “What’s Cookin’?” “I encourage good design by doing it
myself, teaching other designers and showing people how they can make a
difference, too,” he says. “I like Huckleberry Finn’s fence painting technique: make it
fun. The goal is to encourage more people to be better designers.” And he’s doing it the best way he knows how: He’s writing a book about his father Read.
So feast your eyes upon some of Tucker the Lab Chief’s greatest hits. And then ponder what the next generations of Viemeisters are up to.
JetBlue’s Marketplace at the JFK International Airport
“Digital Confetti,” a one-night interactive installation for Metropolitan Home Magazine’s Design 100 party
“Hall of Fragments”, an installation that opened the Corderie dell’Arsenale at the 2008 Venice Biennale
The Coke Cruiser for Coca-Cola developed by Springtime and Rockwell Group
And of course, the OXO Good Grips vegetable peeler, developed while at Smart Design
Tucker Viemiester’s blog What’s Cookin’?