Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The NYC trip was a good time! First we went to the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, which was exhibiting a show called Design for a Living World. This show featured ten leading designers commissioned to develop new uses for sustainably grown and harvested materials in order to tell a unique story about the life-cycle of materials and the power of conservation and design. The featured designers and places include Yves Behar/Costa Rica; Stephen Burks/Austrailia; Hella Jongerius/Mexico; Maya Lin/Maine; Christien Meindertsma/Idaho; Isaac Mizrahi/Alaska; Abbott Miller/Bolivia; Ted Muehling/Micronesia; Kate Spade/Bolivia; and Ezri Tarazi/China.
The show featured drawings, prototypes, and video explaining the designers' experiences with the location and material they utilized as well as finished work.
We also went to Pioneers of Change, a festival of Dutch design, fashion and architecture on Governor's Island. Pioneers of Change encourages a more responsible and sustainable approach to living. The event celebrates the blurring of low- and high-brow, establishing new collaborations, encouraging involvement and valuing handcraft and the local context. (www.pioneersofchange.com) Spread out over eleven officers' house on the island, the event featured different designers and design missions and collaborations relating to various socially responsible solutions for existing environmental and social problems.