The Battery Conservancy and NYC Parks recently selected the top 50 designs for their “Draw Up a Chair” design competition. The challenge called on students and professionals from around the world to design an iconic movable outdoor seating element for Manhattan’s Battery Park, and the jury will soon select a winner from the 50 contestants. Click through the gallery above see a selection of the designs in the running to become actual chairs in Battery Park!
Over 679 chair submissions were received and evaluated by a panel of world-renowned juror who included Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art; Allison Arieff, design writer, The New York Times, Editor, The Urbanist; Fernando Campana and Humberto Campana, designers, Sao Paulo. Now through October, the public can view the top 50 designs on exhibition banners located near the Battery Green.
“It is wonderful that more than 1,500 talented designers from 15 countries in North, Central and South America submitted designs for this unique international competition,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White. “We are proud to share the designs with the public to receive feedback since the chair is for all New Yorkers and visitors to use when they come to Battery Park. Special thanks to the team at The Battery Conservancy for moving this innovative project forward.”
Finalists will be announced in November when full-scale prototypes of their designs will be erected by The Battery Conservancy and exhibited by Design Miami. The winning designer will be awarded a $10,000 cash prize, their design fabricated for use on the Battery Green and they will receive international media coverage.