Similar to his other designs in this collection, designer Michael Graves’ Witherspoon Navy holds true to the subtle composition notes of its predecessors, while paying homage to the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts at the intersection of Witherspoon St. and Paul Robeson Pl. The orange and blue color scheme alludes to the historic brass and brick building—and a not-so subtle nod to Princeton University where Graves taught for 40+ years. From the matching orange of the crown and second hand, to the navy face featuring large numbers with raised indexes in a silver color, every design note is carefully chosen for this nod to art and architecture.
About the Creator
Few are credited with spearheading a single design movement; Michael Graves, well known throughout the world for design excellence, led three. In the 1980s, Michael redirected the architectural conversation away from abstract modernism toward a more humanistic approach to architecture and urban planning, that among other things, brought color and art back into the experience of architecture.
In the 1990s, his partnership with Target defined America's expectation that great design should be available to everyone. And design became a corporate strategy. Over his past decade, Michael became a passionate advocate for the disabled and used the power of design to improve healthcare experiences for patients, families and clinicians.
Michael Graves transformed the role of the architect in society and left the world a better place than he found it. Michael Graves received prestigious awards including the AlA Gold Medal, the National Medal of Arts from President Clinton, The Richard H. Driehaus Prize, and the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education.