Model Citizens is back for its 4th consecutive appearance at New York Design Week, and like years prior, this stellar show is here to celebrate emerging and independent designers who want nothing more than to show off their design chops. This year we spotted works from over 100 designers whose work ranged from pure craftsmanship to innovative experimentation with materials. Hit the jump to see all of our sustainable and socially conscious favorites from this year's show, and if you're in town, be sure to stop by the showroom in SoHo -- it closes today!
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Metro Cuff by Design Hype
Wear your city on your sleeve with Design Hype‘s stylish Metro Cuff. Each cuff is stamped with a particular city’s map and they allow locals and visitors alike to navigate the subway system in an inconspicuous way. Featured cities include Milan, Paris, NY, Berlin and more!
Apocalypse Backpack by Ingo Wick
If you’re worried about the apocalypse, then the Apocalypse Backpack by Ingo Wick may your best chance for survival. Weighing at about 6 lbs this backpack comes with all the basics, including a canteen and compass. The backpack is fashioned from canvas, leather and alloy, and there are plenty of compartments to pack all your supplies in — and they’re easily removable.
Greenhouse Island by Peter Buley
Short on space and hungry for some fresh greens? This kitchen island by designer and woodworker Puter Buley allows apartment dwellers to better utilize their limited space by turning a common household feature into what’s essentially a greenhouse. The design uses energy-efficient lights — two LEDs and 2 T5 CFL — and is sure to provide for some interesting lighting scenarios.
Knobbies by Goodjoy
Are you and your roommates always fighting for space in your bathroom’s shower caddy? Here s a fun way to store some of those items while having a bit of fun. Just tie a string or hook to your goods and place them on one of Goodjoy‘s Knobbies. Each Knobbie features a full-strength suction cup to keep things in place.
Copper and Brass Bikes by Van Heesch Designs
Bike in high-class style with one of Van Heesch Designs‘ copper or brass bikes. These beautiful bicycles feature an archetypal style and their sturdy design means supports heavy riding. All the parts are brass plated, which means the bike won’t rust as the years pass.
Keep a plant with you everywhere you go with a Wearable Planter. Each planter has been 3D printed and laser cut to create these cute, quirky and colorful forms.
Belle Helmets by Danielle Baskin
As many of us here at Inhabitat can often be found riding our bikes when we aren’t tied to the computer, we totally fell in love with Danielle Baskin’s Belle Helmets. Each helmet is hand-painted with a design Danielle has created herself and is one-of-a-kind.
EVK Light by Colleen and Eric Whiteley
Aptly named Exploded View Knot Light, this gorgeous pendant lamp by Colleen and Eric Whiteley is made from a single piece of solid wood tied in a knot. The wood is embedded with bright LEDs.
Paper Furniture by Post Modern Production
Let your kids and friends go nuts with Crayolas, Sharpees and markers with this paper furniture set by Post Modern Production. Perfect for getting guests to channel their creative spirit, this fun design is sure to delight.
Modular Planters by Good Erdle
These modular ceramic planters from Good Erdle can be arranged in endless configurations to suit your space. The pots were inspired by Erdle’s desire for a good-looking tabletop planting system versatile enough to dress up drab spaces.
Plant Pods by Domenic Fiorello Studio
Create a green wall in a modern and minimalistic way with Domenic Fiorello Studio‘s Plant Pods. Each shelf-like planter can hold a small succulent that doesn’t require much water.
Terrarium Mask by Krystal Persaud
Here’s another one for a post-apocalyptic world — Krystal Persaud‘s terrarium mask uses living plants to filter pollution. Simply zip open the terrarium mask and enjoy the fresh oxygen.