Grace Jeffers lives in a material world.
An artist, designer, writer and historian, Grace is a thought leader in American art, architecture and design. She challenges designers to reconsider long held tenets such as truth to materials by urging re-evaluation of concepts such as ‘Natural’ and ‘Artificial’, ‘Real’ and ‘Fake’, and by providing tools to understand the full impact of material choices on our environment.
Among her outstanding achievements was the restoration of The Ralph Sr & Sonny Wilson House in Temple, Texas. On the National Register of Historic Places as a significant architectural structure, it was awarded National Landmark status by the Texas Historical Commission and earned the National Merit Award for Historic Preservation. She subsequently restored the USS Growler nuclear submarine at The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City.
For the past 13 years she has been the creative force behind the award winning Wilsonart Student Chair Competition, the longest running sponsored student design competition in the US. A writer and commentator on design and materials, her articles have appeared in journals such as O at Home and Interiors & Sources.