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Charlie Lazor, Adjunct/Visiting Faculty‎

Charlie Lazor

Adjunct/Visiting Faculty‎

Lucas Alm

Website: Lazor Office

Workshops: Light Box | Go to your Cubby and Get your Cardboard. It’s Nap Time! | Studio as Laboratory | Utility & Luxury in Furniture Design


Charlie Lazor co-founded the furniture design office, BLU DOT in 1997 with his partners, John Christakos and Maurice Blanks. Blu Dot's work has been recognized for its precise and often inventive use of materials, fabrication technology and assembly methods to produce furniture that is both elegant and accessible.

In 2002, BLU DOT was nominated as a finalist for The Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards. Their work has received numerous awards, including the 2003 International Contemporary Furniture Show Editor's Award, an ID citation and numerous Good Design awards from the Chicago Athenaeum. Their work has been exhibited by the Museum of Modern Art, The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the Walker Art Center, and the Centres Pompidou. BLU DOT has been published in Spoon, New American Furniture Design, and Inside Design Now as well as national and International magazines.

In 2003 Charlie founded LAZOR OFFICE / FlatPak to pursue a broader spectrum of design programs and scales, including architecture and environments. The design work of LAZOR OFFICE / FlatPak begins with identifying key needs and problems and through a process of observation and analysis, develops a solution that seeks to synthesize the complex whole into an elegant, holistic solution. The commands of the day; cost, sustainability, and new technology, housed within the constraints of the everyday world, govern our work. We use both the latest generation of digital fabrication technology or the simplest tool in the shop, to guide a design process that yields purposeful, valued forms that are easily made with minimal material and labor inputs and built to last.


Masters of Architecture, 1993 from Yale University  

BA, 1987 from Williams College

Charlie is a Cass Gilbert Professor in Practice at the University of Minnesota College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, where he investigates the question of the manufactured building systems. In the Fall of ’06 Charlie was invited as the Max Fisher chair at the University of Michigan Taubmann School of Architecture. He was named a Design Fellow at the MIT Media Lab for the 2003 Simplicity Program and a Fellow of the Design Institute in 2000.

In 2005 Charlie was a finalist for the Athena emerging designer sponsored award by RISD and Surface. He is a frequent lecturer at design schools and museum symposium, including the Walker Art Center, The Hammer Museum LA, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The work of Lazor Office was included in the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Design Biennale for 2006 and in the Walker Art Center Exhibition, “Some Assembly Required” in 2005. FlatPak has been published in numerous books including the most recent Taschen publication on pre fab architecture.

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