Part One: Michael Graves And F.O.O.D. Conference. A celebration and discussion of good design is heading to Charlotte this week. The F.O.O.D. Conference at the Mint Museum (FOOD standing for Food, Objects, Objectives, Design) will host writers, historians, chefs and designers to speak about objects we use to prepare, cook and present food. Among the experts is Michael Graves, perhaps best known for his accessible Target product line. He'll join us to talk about how he works to combine function and style in his designs and we'll also hear about the Mint Museum's exhibition, which is also called F.O.O.D., when Charlotte Talks.

The mid-20th century saw the birth of home designs characterized by simple, clean lines with large windows and open floor plans. Think Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra. Some say those once modern homes are now outdated but since Richard Neutra’s death, his son, Dion, has been working to preserve those homes and advocating for their place in architectural history. He joins us in advance of his visit to the Bechtler, when Charlotte Talks.