Sara Little Turnbull 1917-2015
Only 149 cm tall, a bright-eyed and curious elf, Sara Little Turnbull was a giant in the international design world and made companies design products for humans. Sara was a design consultant to major corporations all over the world, she turned pyroceram into CorningWare in 1950s, she founded 1988 the Process of change: Laboratory for innovation and design at the Stanford graduate school of business.
Photo Center for design research
What happened to the Sara Little Center when Tacoma Art Museum moved?
The Sara Little Center was located at Tacoma Art Museum’s former location at 1123 Pacific Avenue. Although never fully accessioned into the museum’s permanent collection, the Sara Little Center has been formally deaccessioned in its entirety. It is no longer at Tacoma Art Museum.
The Center recreated Sara Little Turnbull’s New York apartment and its contents, including various materials collected during her world travels. These materials were intended to teach basic industrial design principles. With the elimination of the design program at the University of Washington’s School of Education, the unfulfilled promise of major financial support for the care and maintenance of the collection, and the decline in public interest in the collection, the museum and Turnbull came to a mutually amicable separation. Following the highest ethical standards for collections and work in public institutions, the museum returned the collection to Turnbull.
Tacoma Art Museum
Sara Little, peripatetic product designer, dies at 97
by ROBERT D. McFADDEN september 7, 2015