Design Pavilion 2016

2016 marked the inaugural year of Design Pavilion™, after a successful grassroots activation at Astor Place in 2015.

With a mission to create a public design awakening, Design Pavilion presented a curated collection of creative structures and displays, serving as the public hub during NYCxDESIGN.

Through lively design activities, Design Pavilion increased awareness of the power of design and offered an immersive urban experience with daily programming, inspiring displays and interactive exhibitions.

We presented the second year of Design Talks™ at Cooper Union and continued to grow the program.

Special thanks to Paul Gregory and Feingold & Gregory Architects PC.
All photos by Rune Stokmo

Design Pavilion 2016
125 Greenwich Street with Snarkitecture
An installation abstracting the city fabric

125 Greenwich Street developers, SHVO, Bizzi & Partners Development and New Valley, support the design awakening of the New Downtown, NYC and celebrated NYCxDESIGN at Design Pavilion.

The developers commissioned New York-based collaborative practice Snarkitecture, focuses on viewer experience, to create an installation depicting the evolving World Trade Center neighborhood with the latest residential condominium addition 125 Greenwich Street, designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Viñoly. Referencing the familiar concept of a pin screen toy, the installation abstracts the surrounding city fabric as an undulating landscape of white fiberglass rods.

125 Greenwich Street
DuPont™Corian® Blur Bar designed by Joe Doucet
Design beyond the edges

DuPont™Corian® brought to Design Pavilion the Blur Bar interactive display designed by Joe Doucet, fabricated by Associated Fabrication and made from their 2016 newly launched DuPont™Corian® Colors.

DuPont™Corian® also hosted Blurred: Design Beyond the Edges at the Design Talks which celebrated the shifting face of design, featuring creative thinkers from a variety of professional circles — instigating those creative sparks that drive innovation and design.

Dupont Corian
Design and Technology

IBM explored the impact of design when powered by cognitive technology. Attendees experienced the latest advancements in cognitive computing from Watson.

IBM is using design at an unprecedented scale and building the largest design team in the world, working on multi-disciplinary teams that deliver iconic user experiences for clients.

Ecovative with Harry Allen
Designing the future of mycelium materials

World leading bio-materials company Ecovative collaborated with award winning designer Harry Allen to create a pavilion featuring the launch of interior products made from ‘mushroom material’. This collaboration was ignited through Material ConneXion, the world’s largest materials consultancy and resource library. Product designs by Eric Pfeiffer, Alyssa Coletti, Jeff Betts, and Ken Lush, using environmentally friendly coverings by Designtex, were on display demonstrating how Ecovative grows earth-friendly materials with positive impact on our planet’s ecosystem.

These high performance, cost-competitive, award-winning products—including MycoBoard™ panels for furniture and construction, MycoFoam™ materials, and other consumer goods—are healthy, environmentally friendly, and certified sustainable.

Special thanks to Umbra Shift for providing the Coiled Stool designed by Harry Allen.

American Design Club
Growth by American Design Club
Designers rise to the challenge

The American Design Club presented their annual design exhibition at Design Pavilion at Astor Place Plaza, sponsored by Fab. Their exhibition’s theme was Growth.

Growth exhibited 60+ products and objects encouraging and promoting and sustaining growth. The works were designed and made by creatives both emerging and established.

American Design Club
Jen Lewin Studio
The Pool by Jen Lewin
Playful interactive art

The Pool by internationally renowned light and interactive sculptor, Jen Lewin, was an environment of light and color created from interactive pads. By entering The Pool, you entered a world where play and collaborative movement create swirling effects through interaction.

Imagine a giant canvas where you can paint and splash light collaboratively. As multiple users played in The Pool, their interconnection became mesmerizing patterns of shifting and fading colors.

The Pool was activated with color and light at dusk daily. Yet, visitors enjoyed hopping over the lily-pad-like discs during the day as well.

Jen Lewin Studio
Heller Furniture
Perfect indoor and outdoor furniture

Alan Heller and Heller provided the fabulous furnishings that enhanced the Astor Place outdoor venue and welcomed Design Pavilion visitors to be playful, comfortable and inspired.

Heller is an international furniture manufacturer with production in the USA.

Incorporated in 1971 and winner of a Compasso d’Oro award in Italy, it is included in the Museum of Modern Art permanent design collection. Heller has worked with leading international designers: Massimo & Lella Vignelli, Philippe Starck, Mario Bellini, Vico Magistretti, William Sawaya, De Pas, D’Urbino & Lomazzi, Frank Gehry, and Studio 65.

Heller Furniture
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