Brooklyn-based Pratt seems to be the school of choice for New York designers, and is currently producing some of the most cutting-edge industrial design in the country, when it comes to new technology and environmental sustainability. According to Design Intelligence (DI), a monthly architecture and design journal, Pratt’s Industrial Design Department is number two in the country – outranked only by California’s Art Center College of Design.

Whether or not you put any stock in school rankings, Pratt is clearly doing something right. At every big design show I’ve been to in the past couple months, Pratt students have been exhibiting and garnering accolades for their inspired designs. Here is some of the best Pratt student work I have seen over the course of NYC Design Week:

Patrick Fricke’s organic, modular Bamboo Room Divider:

Ana Linares eco-friendly Plur Stool

Annie Lenon’s adorably functional Teacups

Mark Grattan’s fabulous Shelf / Vase

For more information on any of this work, please email the designers directly.


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  1. david anthony January 25, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    the grattan cross section shelf vase is brilliant. where can i order one?

  2. ali August 13, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    iam surppris the teacape how can they hang on catchin or any where else…

  3. aki June 21, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    hi,,i wanted you give me your information

  4. marvin September 17, 2006 at 2:41 am

    I love the shelf /vase by Mark Grattan. Its genius . where can I get one.

  5. Inhabitat » Blog ... July 11, 2006 at 4:22 am

    […] Proving again that Pratt where it’s at, Chul Min Kang and Sung Hun Lim have come up with an ingenious modular power strip called the E-Rope. This twistable device enables users to add or subtract sockets as needed, and can accommodate large, bulky cords in the way that ordinary power strips can’t. The best part is that you can shut off the flow of power to any cable simply by twisting the socket section 90 degrees. Brilliant! And cute. Businessweek apparently agrees, as the E-Rope just won a 2006 IDEA award for student design. […]

  6. Inhabitat » Blog ... July 9, 2006 at 5:13 am

    […] Inhabitat came away from this year’s BKLYN Designs raving about the originality at the Pratt students’ exhibition booth. While all the designs were impressive, the one that really stood out in our minds was Ana Linares‘ Plur Stool. Emerging from gestural drawings and an interest in using sustainable materials, the rocking stool’s gentle flowing lines combine beautifully with the unfinished look of the materials, making it look a little like a giant puzzle piece. For double utility, the lower curve also functions as a magazine rack. […]

  7. alexer June 8, 2006 at 9:24 pm

    congratulations, ana. your stool “rocks” my behind.

  8. Elizabeth May 30, 2006 at 5:25 pm

    Love the dividers – so simple and effective
    The teacup idea is cute, but I’d still like a normal handle.
    Also, ANOTHER shelf with a vase? Are people buying these things? (Please see my comment on the last vase in a shelf post)

  9. J.j. May 30, 2006 at 2:32 pm

    Those teacups are awesome. That is such a novel idea. I’m not particularly mad at that shelf either.

  10. Jill May 30, 2006 at 2:05 pm

    Hi Alex-

    I played with these cups at ICFF, and while I didn’t actually drink tea out of them – I’m assuming the teacupt handles are designed to do two things: 1. They give your fingers something to wrap around when you pick up the cup, 2. You can wrap your teabag around the handles so it doesn’t fall in the cup.

    Annie Lenon, feel free to comment /correct me if I am wrong…

  11. alex May 29, 2006 at 11:10 pm

    Could somebody explain to me how the teacup handle thingies are supposed to be used? All I think about is using them on a sailboat with ropes somehow

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