Out of place and happening now (in Manhattan).

May 13, 2010 at 11:45 pm 3 comments

I made three lucky design-related discoveries today. All three had an element of being “out of place”, and all are happening right now for a very limited amount of time. So read quickly!

1. Vanessa Chew‘s Elemental Form on display at the Pratt Show
Out of place: There’s a turntable carved into an otherwise simple wooden place mat. The plate looks like someone was just spinning into it. Such a crazy (and beautifully executed) combination of disparate activities.
Happening: Friday May 14 from 9-1 / 311 W 34th Street

2. Knoll Warehouse Sale
Out of place: It’s in a make-shift showroom on the corner of 5th and 20th, nothing says Knoll until you’re inside, and their sales people kind of look like Apple Store employees. On top of that, the stylish home furnishings are at seriously reduced prices. It’s all very un-Knoll.
Happening: Friday May 14 from 10-6 / Saturday May 15 from 11-6 / 156 5th Ave

3. Shepard Fairey Street Art
Out of place: It’s definitely street art, and it’s definitely the Obey Giant, but it’s in a position that is meant for posters. And it’s outside Pentagram, which is the ultimate seal of graphic design approval.
Happening: Now (street art is usually fleeting despite this setting suggesting otherwise) / 204 Fifth Avenue
Also happening: Fairey has a show at Deitch Projects until May 29 / 19 Wooster Street

May 13’s daily design idea is design shows up in ways and in places that are unexpected. Be sure to keep an eye out.

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