Peter Danko is an artist, artisan, designer, and inventor. His work is in museum collections, including MOMA and the Smithsonian Institute. His work has also been the subject of exhibits in college and university galleries. He has been awarded several NEA grants, Best of NeoCon, IDSA awards, and has been awarded many patents, both design and utility. He has been featured in many prestigious books, most recently "Furniture with Soul: Master Woodworkers and Their Craft." In some fundamental aspect, everything he designs re-thinks how something is made. Each design requires the invention of a technique, a process, or a structure. They often involve recycling and re-purposing materials. He favors materials that he calls OMG materials: that which can be seen by the casual eye to Obviously Manifest Green. For more info go to: http://www.peterdanko.com/Danko-DesignApproach.html
BORN: 1949, Washington, DC.
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Art, major in Fine Art and Art History; University of Maryland, 1971.
TINKERS WITH: Industrial, graphic, exhibit and web design. Illustration, CAD-drawing, woodworking, upholstery, product testing, ergonomics, mechanical and electrical engineering. Has also tinkered with hydraulics, pneumatics, plastics and concrete form work. Skilled in photography, business and personnel management.
PASSIONS: Above all, my wife, Susan, then figure painting in watercolor, designing anything, (but mostly chairs), travel, and history.
• Smithsonian American Art Museum, Wash. D.C.; Unfolding Chairs, 1997.
• Smithsonian American Art Museum, Wash. D.C.; Desk, 1996.
• Museum of Modern Art, Design Collection; Bodyform Chair, 1986.
• Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York ; Unfolding Chair, 1983.
• Smithsonian American Art Museum, Wash. D.C.; #8 Crystal Table, 1982.
• Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Danko Chair & Unfolding Chair, 1982.
• Smithsonian American Art Museum, Wash. D.C.; Danko Chair, 1981.
• Museum of Modern Art, Design Collection; Danko Chair, 1978.
• TRASHFORMATIONS EAST-a traveling exhibit with venues at:
Lancaster Musuem of Art, Lancaster, PA fall 2006
COPIA, Napa CA. winter 2006
Fuller Museum, Brockton MA. 2005
Curated by Lloyd Herman founding Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery.
• Smithsonian‘s Renwick Gallery, AMERICAN STUDIO FURNITURE, 2004
• Boston Museum of Fine Arts, MA , THE MAKERS HAND, 2004
• Messiah College; exhibit and lecture, 2003-4
• American Design Museum, NY 2001-2002
• York College of PA. exhibit and lecture 2001
• American Institute of Architects, AIA Headquarters, 1998 Gallery,
• Harmony Hall Regional Center. Fort Washington, MD 1995
• United States Information Agency, “DESIGN USA”; 2 exhibits touring USSR and Eastern Europe.
• Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York, “INNOVATIVE FURNITURE in AMERICA: 1800 to PRESENT”, 1980.
• Smithsonian Institution, at the Vice President’s House, Washington D.C., 1979.
• American Crafts Museum, New York, “NEW HANDMADE FURNITURE”, 1978.
AWARDS AND GRANTS:
• Best of Neocon Silver Award for chair design 1998 IDSA,
• Certificate of Achievement for the Everychair Series, 1983.
• National Endowment for the Arts Design Fellowship, 1980.
• National Endowment for the Arts Craftsman Fellowship, 1975.
Mechanical--Patent Nos. 4,210,182; 4,321,875; 4,429,012;
US 6,655,434 B2 US 7,657.971 B2
Design--Patent Nos. DES-333,577; 07-706,727, DES-341,038,
DES-368,383, US D525,058 S