Jim Isermann lives and works in Palm Springs. For 25 years, Isermann has developed a vocabulary that purposefully encompasses the intersection between art and design, unapologetically appropriating from mid-century design motifts. Combining sculpture, furniture, and architecture, his bold geometries have influenced a generation of artists who are currently exploring similar territory.
Isermann's commissioned five-pendant chandelier is suspended at the west end of the 100-foot-tall space in the atrium of UCSF Genentech Hall, each pendant comprising luminous spheres enclosed in an open lattice of red pentamerous shapes. Modernist furniture selected by Isermann (including chairs by Harry Bertoia and tables by Mies van der Rhoe and Charles and Ray Eames) is placed throughout the atrium, on carpeting designed by the artist. The shape, scale, design, and colors of chandelier, furniture and carpet pattern relate strongly to one another.