The Design Community that Defines New York City

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July 24, 2014
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  Stepin One 2 by Rafael de Cárdenas/Architecture at Large The exhibition includes an immersive space designed by architect Rafael de Cárdenas. "The project paid homage to the unique design of nightclubs in NYC from the 1970s to the early 90s, as well as to the important role these spaces have in fostering creative collaborations and communities," exhibition curator Jake Yuzna says. "Equally as interesting is that each person who worked on the project, from designer to fabricator, was credited in a large wall graphic. I think many people understand that it takes a huge team to make an ambitious project like a feature film, but often similar teams behind other ambitious projects, like architecture or large scale artworks, remain relatively unknown."  Courtesy of Benoit Pailley.

    Stepin One 2 by Rafael de Cárdenas/Architecture at Large

    The exhibition includes an immersive space designed by architect Rafael de Cárdenas. "The project paid homage to the unique design of nightclubs in NYC from the 1970s to the early 90s, as well as to the important role these spaces have in fostering creative collaborations and communities," exhibition curator Jake Yuzna says.

    "Equally as interesting is that each person who worked on the project, from designer to fabricator, was credited in a large wall graphic. I think many people understand that it takes a huge team to make an ambitious project like a feature film, but often similar teams behind other ambitious projects, like architecture or large scale artworks, remain relatively unknown."

    Courtesy of Benoit Pailley.
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  Disclaim Bolt N.14.6 by BFAMFAPhD BFAMFAPhD is a collaborative that works to address the constrains of rent, debt, and precarity on creative people. In one project (pictured), disclaimed paintings were sewn together and used to make motorcycle jackets. "The culture of making is immense," says Yuzna. "In the work of BFAMFAPhD, we get a sense of the incredible numbers of these 'creative workers': there are over 1.3 million people in the United States who have degrees in the arts—that’s more than doctors, lawyers, and firefighters combined."    Courtesy of Eric Scott.

    Disclaim Bolt N.14.6 by BFAMFAPhD

    BFAMFAPhD is a collaborative that works to address the constrains of rent, debt, and precarity on creative people. In one project (pictured), disclaimed paintings were sewn together and used to make motorcycle jackets.

    "The culture of making is immense," says Yuzna. "In the work of BFAMFAPhD, we get a sense of the incredible numbers of these 'creative workers': there are over 1.3 million people in the United States who have degrees in the arts—that’s more than doctors, lawyers, and firefighters combined."

     

    Courtesy of Eric Scott.
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  Vigilant Floral wallpaper by Flavor Paper, Jesse Hlebo, and Carlos Benaim "Carlos created a new scent that was [meant to embody] the 'scent of 100 makers’ creativity,'" Yuzna says. "It builds up layers as you walk up the stairwells of the museum. [Artist] Jesse then used these layers as inspiration to recognize the creative communities that make NYC so special."  Courtesy of Eric Scott.

    Vigilant Floral wallpaper by Flavor Paper, Jesse Hlebo, and Carlos Benaim

    "Carlos created a new scent that was [meant to embody] the 'scent of 100 makers’ creativity,'" Yuzna says. "It builds up layers as you walk up the stairwells of the museum. [Artist] Jesse then used these layers as inspiration to recognize the creative communities that make NYC so special."

    Courtesy of Eric Scott.
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  Geometrics, Figures and Solids Table by Misha Kahn Other works on view include this cement table by Brooklyn-based designer Misha Kahn.  Courtesy of Clemens Kois.

    Geometrics, Figures and Solids Table by Misha Kahn

    Other works on view include this cement table by Brooklyn-based designer Misha Kahn.

    Courtesy of Clemens Kois.
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  Volcano by Steven and William Ladd Brothers Steven and William Ladd create what they call Towers, stacks of approximately 24 hand sewn boxes constructed of fabric and found materials. Volcano (pictured) tells the story of the brothers' efforts to achieve extreme fitness.  Courtesy of Andrew Zuckerman.

    Volcano by Steven and William Ladd

    Brothers Steven and William Ladd create what they call Towers, stacks of approximately 24 hand sewn boxes constructed of fabric and found materials. Volcano (pictured) tells the story of the brothers' efforts to achieve extreme fitness.

    Courtesy of Andrew Zuckerman.
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  Brooms by Fredericks and Mae Design duo Fredericks and Mae contributed their quirky horsehair brooms.  Courtesy of Darroch Putnam.

    Brooms by Fredericks and Mae

    Design duo Fredericks and Mae contributed their quirky horsehair brooms.

    Courtesy of Darroch Putnam.
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  Pink Perch by UM Project This sculptural object by designer François Chambard doubles as a playable musical instrument.  Courtesy of Francis Dzikwoski/Esto.

    Pink Perch by UM Project

    This sculptural object by designer François Chambard doubles as a playable musical instrument.

    Courtesy of Francis Dzikwoski/Esto.
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  An installation view of the biennial. The elevator bank is covered in a metallic fringe by Confetti System.  Courtesy of Eric Scott.

    An installation view of the biennial. The elevator bank is covered in a metallic fringe by Confetti System.

    Courtesy of Eric Scott.
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