Retrospective of NYCxDesign by Leonne Cuppen
The New York Design Week – ‘NYCxDesign’ – took place from May 3 to May 17 at different locations. Leonne Cuppen (Yksi) gives a brief report of the Dutch input.
Ventura New York
At Ventura New York, Organisation in Design (Margriet Vollenberg) presented fourteen new-generation designers at Wanted Design. One of them was Daniel de Bruin, whose fascination for production processes inspired him to design a mechanical 3D printer. This 3D printer – in his own words, the world’s first mechanical one – functions by a pulley system and prints ceramic vases.
Also at Ventura New York: the carpets by designer Simone Post do not originate from her urge to just make carpets, but from the fact that there is a Dutch textile company with wanted to do something useful with the waste material it produces. This company is Vlisco, a major player on the African market. Using special laser techniques, Simone Post didn’t only make carpets, but also cloths and seat covers in the brightest and most divergent colors.
Studio Job’s exhibition ‘Mad House’ occupies two floors. We are already familiar with the work, but especially the interior design with wallpaper and floor designs realized by Exposize created an extraordinary experience.
Carpenters Workshop Gallery
An exhibition of work by Sebastian Brajkovic. His collection ‘Lathe’ includes pieces of furniture that look as if they had been stretched or extruded. Inspired by the Photoshop function that allows you to select pixels and stretch them as much as you want.
Cooper Hewitt Museum
I find Cooper Hewitt the most beautiful design museum; this is where you can find many Dutch designers, both in the exhibitions and in the museum shop.
The work is not all new and there is not a lot of Dutch Design yet. The difference with presentations in Milan or Eindhoven is, however, that the items sell well. I have been asked to do research into what we can do with Dutch Design in New York over the next few years. I think that it is important to highlight design thinking in the USA and I’m convinced that in the coming years we can play a major part in taking the NY Design Week to a higher level. And wherever I go, I can’t but notice that the Dutch Design Week Eindhoven is head and shoulders above the other design festivals. That’s something we can be proud of!
With thanks to Dutch Design Foundation Eindhoven and Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie (Creative Industries Fund) which made my visit possible.