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For a behind-the-scenes look at makers at work, head to Level 4 of The Shops & Restaurants. There, in pop-up studios, you will find four recent design-school graduates producing one-of-a-kind creations for all to see. The studios are the stage for a three-month Emerging Designer Residency, the first such program presented jointly by NYCxDESIGN, a nonprofit committed to empowering and promoting the city's diverse creative community, and Arts Thread, the world’s leading digital platform for emerging artists and designers.
While getting his MFA at FIT, Vuitton explored the relationship between interior design and fashion. His temporary space will be a mini-version of his everyday studio, decorated with the paintings, sculptures and tapestries he normally designs. Vuitton will be producing rugs that feature images of his paintings—playful and colorful “weird creatures and monsters.” Then, as his residency winds down, he will turn scraps into pillows, to reinforce his commitment to creating zero-waste art.
The School of Visual Arts grad is a cartoonist, illustrator, pattern designer, and GIF maker who plans to turn her space into a happy-making mini-world that will cheer visitors during this challenging time. As such, her pop-up silkscreen lab will be decorated with cut-outs of the characters and doodles that she will also be hand-printing on everything from pillows to greeting cards to fabric for totes, masks and more.
Min, who received her BFA at Parsons, focuses on tabletop designs that marry minimalist aesthetics with maximum practicality. Her residency will focus on ceramics, her favorite material. You might catch her at the wheel, throwing tea cups, or at the table, hand-building pieces from clay. To illustrate her process, Min will also be sketching ideas on a whiteboard. And she will be showcasing clay’s sustainable nature by recycling leftovers that she keeps in a transparent box.
The primary motivation of this textile designer, a Parsons MFA, is to bring nature’s beauty inside. So she will be creating an “Agar Garden,” with faux flowers made from the common gel extracted from red seaweed, as well as food waste and 3D-printed molds colored with ethically sourced botanical dyes.