A collaborative project between The New School and Donna Karan’s Urban Zen to design a new facility for the Design Organization Training (DOT) Center within a portion of an existing tee shirt factory. The overall design concept blends productions visibility and product presentation through the use of translucent partitions throughout the space. These partitions both serve as exposing the final products in the showroom, storing elements necessary for productions, and ultimately reference the additive process of dying textiles. The goal was to create an open airy environment for all people to learn about Haitian handcraft and provide a safe and secure environment for the craftspeople to produce their work while growing their skills and community.
In collaboration with Larissa Begault
URBAN ZEN AW15
Port au Prince, HAITI
A custom product line developed in collaboration with local Haitian artisans and Donna Karan for Urban Zen. Importing raw materials into Haiti is very costly for most Haitians, so the concept for this line was to rework locally available materials for a broader international market. This included working with horn, paper mache, local red clay, and textiles.
In collaboration with Amanda Evengard, Katia Kulikova and Mochi Liu.
Alphabet City, NEW YORK
MURMURATION library is organized around light. The visitor ascends through a layered experience of scattered points of daylight and broad slots of diffuse light. A central slot penetrates the building volume, bathing the central staircase in daylight and dividing the library into two wings of private and public space. Brick perforations create dappled points of light within the interior, recalling the experience of reading under trees on a sunny day. Electric light interprets the language of daylight apertures through the scattering of recessed down lights in more active areas and slots of diffuse light in quieter areas.
In collaboration with Mingyu Dong & Lee Anne Shaffer
WASH & DRY
Lower East Side, NEW YORK
Drawing inspiration from the washing ritual, the design for this studio project was based on moving currents of water and woven cloth. A linear motif ran throughout the space with undulating strips of wood wrapping and rolling over the washing machines recalling the movement of water.
This series reinterprets a traditional swedish cording technique using nylon parachute cord.
Senior centers are often interpreted according to the same pattern: countless rooms linked together by long corridors. Such a scheme is a victory for functionality but a defeat for spontaneous and unanticipated social interactions. In a city as lively as New York, why should the interior be at odds with the vitality of the exterior context? SOCIAL SUPPORT is a new model for community engagement, employing light and materiality as the underpinning to a dynamic and engaging interior experience across generations. An interior rail runs through the center affording a multitude of services such as physical support, orientation, and demarcation of programmatic offerings. Daylight apertures are strategically placed throughout providing a connection to the quotidian rhythms of the sun while also establishing a dynamic and lively interior experience.