NY Design Week 2011: Day One

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May 14, 2011

NoHo is oh-so-hip, with lots of design happenings to check out this week. If you're in New York, a trip to Great Jones Street is a damn good bet. From The Future Perfect to Sight Unseen's pop-up shop to the American Design Club's Use Me exhibit (and more!), there's lots of great stuff to see. Click through to the slideshow to see a few of our favorite things.

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  Designer Matt Gagnon (and his pal, Gorman) plan on making 40 Prototype lamps in the window at The Future Perfect this weekend, using an established system that can, ultimately, result in "endlessly variable" incarnations. Gagnon selected a variety of materials—surgical wire, cotton twine, etc.—that he'll wind around different shapes (you can see two examples on either side of this pic). He hopes to have five that he likes enough to put into production by the end of the process.
    Designer Matt Gagnon (and his pal, Gorman) plan on making 40 Prototype lamps in the window at The Future Perfect this weekend, using an established system that can, ultimately, result in "endlessly variable" incarnations. Gagnon selected a variety of materials—surgical wire, cotton twine, etc.—that he'll wind around different shapes (you can see two examples on either side of this pic). He hopes to have five that he likes enough to put into production by the end of the process.
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  Wowie. The Future Perfect is awesome. So many amazing pieces in one place.
    Wowie. The Future Perfect is awesome. So many amazing pieces in one place.
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  I get a lot of guff at work for my unabashed Donna Wilson fandom, but c'mon.... These rugs for SCP are absolutely brilliant! They look amazing in person, on display at The Future Perfect.
    I get a lot of guff at work for my unabashed Donna Wilson fandom, but c'mon.... These rugs for SCP are absolutely brilliant! They look amazing in person, on display at The Future Perfect.
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  Sideshow! textiles by Richard Saja at The Future Perfect.
    Sideshow! textiles by Richard Saja at The Future Perfect.
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  Just a few doors down Sight Unseen took over a building that was vacant until just about a week ago. Here's a selection from the McMasterpieces exhibition (on the second floor), curated by the site's lovely founders, Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov. The duo invited designers to create new work using materials from industrial supplier McMaster-Carr, including (from left to right): Crane Lamp by Jonas Damon; Basket, Trivet, and Tote by Alissa MT; Mesh Bowls by Henry Julier; Oil Lamps by Karl Zahn; Chess Set by Bec Brittain; Smolten Mirror by CMMNWLTH; Golden Variation Vase by Jonah Takagi; Necklace by Ross Menuez; Jewelry by Nick Dine.
    Just a few doors down Sight Unseen took over a building that was vacant until just about a week ago. Here's a selection from the McMasterpieces exhibition (on the second floor), curated by the site's lovely founders, Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov. The duo invited designers to create new work using materials from industrial supplier McMaster-Carr, including (from left to right): Crane Lamp by Jonas Damon; Basket, Trivet, and Tote by Alissa MT; Mesh Bowls by Henry Julier; Oil Lamps by Karl Zahn; Chess Set by Bec Brittain; Smolten Mirror by CMMNWLTH; Golden Variation Vase by Jonah Takagi; Necklace by Ross Menuez; Jewelry by Nick Dine.
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  A close-up of a McMasterpiece pendant lamp by David Weeks, made with a tubular incandescent bulb and a glass jug.
    A close-up of a McMasterpiece pendant lamp by David Weeks, made with a tubular incandescent bulb and a glass jug.
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  Warcraft, a very cool collection by Uhuru Design, has an amazing back story. Bil Hilgendorf, one of the founders of the Brooklyn-based company, explained that the teak used was all reclaimed from the decks of the USS North Carolina, a ship which served in WWII, with forms inspired by various parts of the vessel. The side tables are the diameter and thickness of the gun barrels, and the mirrors in the back are the size of the projectiles fired. Apparently it took 88 men to maneuver each turret! The table looks like something out of a certain Tom Petty video, but is actually a prime example of dazzle camouflage, which was used to confuse the eye of the enemy. The chair behind is in the color scheme of Measure 32, which Bill said was the kind of camo used after Dazzle.
    Warcraft, a very cool collection by Uhuru Design, has an amazing back story. Bil Hilgendorf, one of the founders of the Brooklyn-based company, explained that the teak used was all reclaimed from the decks of the USS North Carolina, a ship which served in WWII, with forms inspired by various parts of the vessel. The side tables are the diameter and thickness of the gun barrels, and the mirrors in the back are the size of the projectiles fired. Apparently it took 88 men to maneuver each turret! The table looks like something out of a certain Tom Petty video, but is actually a prime example of dazzle camouflage, which was used to confuse the eye of the enemy. The chair behind is in the color scheme of Measure 32, which Bill said was the kind of camo used after Dazzle.
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  Lighting by Lindsay Adelman, with furniture by Paul Loebach.
    Lighting by Lindsay Adelman, with furniture by Paul Loebach.
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  A close-up of the dramatic display by Lindsay Adelman, who is an expert user of blown-glass.
    A close-up of the dramatic display by Lindsay Adelman, who is an expert user of blown-glass.
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  Brendan Ravenhill's floor lamps matched the industrial aesthetic of the space.
    Brendan Ravenhill's floor lamps matched the industrial aesthetic of the space.
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  Love these Bow Bins—the perfect combo of upcycling and craftsmanship—designed by Cordula Kehrer for Areaware, on display at 45 Great Jones Street.
    Love these Bow Bins—the perfect combo of upcycling and craftsmanship—designed by Cordula Kehrer for Areaware, on display at 45 Great Jones Street.
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  Minimal pendants, tables, and chairs by Iacoli & McAllister.
    Minimal pendants, tables, and chairs by Iacoli & McAllister.
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  The American Design Club curated an exhibition on the third floor of the building called Use Me, emphasizing various forms of functionality. Craighton Berman's Rubber Band Cube gives the old ball corners, and a place to put pens.
    The American Design Club curated an exhibition on the third floor of the building called Use Me, emphasizing various forms of functionality. Craighton Berman's Rubber Band Cube gives the old ball corners, and a place to put pens.
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  The ground floor housed the Sight Unseen pop-up shop. I was eying these really lovely leather bangles by Study O Portable.
    The ground floor housed the Sight Unseen pop-up shop. I was eying these really lovely leather bangles by Study O Portable.
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  Okay, this is not in NoHo, but I loved this people-packed wallpaper at The Standard hotel down in the Meatpacking district.
Be sure to follow @dwell this week and next to catch our favorite finds at ICFF 2011!
    Okay, this is not in NoHo, but I loved this people-packed wallpaper at The Standard hotel down in the Meatpacking district. Be sure to follow @dwell this week and next to catch our favorite finds at ICFF 2011!

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