Yet another reason to journey across the river to the design-centric borough: WantedDesign Brooklyn 2019 has landed at creative hub Industry City and runs through Monday, May 20th. Downstairs you can preview the works of next-generation designers, with student contributions from as near as Pratt (industrial design students paired with The American Hardwood Information Center for their Red Oak Reimagined exhibition) and as far as Universidad Don Bosco, El Salvador and beyond.
Upstairs, Rodolfo Agrella’s playful lighting installation features his unexpectedly fire-resistant and water-repellant Ara paper fixtures produced in collaboration with French brand Procédés Chénel.
Designer Elyse Graham traded her preferred resin material for glass during a week-long residency at CIAV in Meisanthal, France as part of a transatlantic creative exchange. The resulting forms exult in changing colors of glass and applied pattern.
With 165 years of glassmaking experience, the Corning Museum of Glass GlassLab provided fodder for Nice-born designer Philippe Nigroto produce colorful objects in just five days, including sculptural totems and playful containers in the age-old material.
IC Locals: Timber!, a collection of works by Industry City-based designers and makers curated by Hannah Martin, shows the endless uses for the building-block material, including an organic form crafted via steam-bending by Matthias Pliessnig. While onsite, indulge in the many food venues and relax in generous outdoor spaces.
Studying semiotics at Brown University, Elyse Graham learned how signs and symbols communicate. When it comes to expressing herself, however, she relies on imagination, working at the confluence of art and design, particularly in resin. “The process begins with a meticulous consideration of palette,” she explains.
For example, the Black Magic range of handmade vessels from Elyse Graham Studio incorporates colors typical of locations she describes as being “at the edge of our awareness,” such as Kashmir and Tasmania. Building each vase from the outside, she layers pigmented resin into a mold. Once the desired thickness is reached, the form is carved, sanded, and polished to reveal unexpected colors and patterns.