We all know that NYC's architects and designers are talented people, but did you know that they can quilt too? Last month, the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) New York Chapter took over Soho's Open House Gallery to host its 7th Annual Sustainable Quilt Auction benefiting Be Original Americas. Over 200 people headed to the gallery to admire the showcase of one-of-a-kind quilts crafted by firms like Gensler, Perkins+Will and Handel Architects out of discarded fabrics.
This year’s Sustainable Quilt Auction featured colorful creations crafted by nine teams over 1,600+ hours. Each quilt was made using recycled materials reclaimed from fabric showrooms, product libraries, and industry samples. Inspiration for the quilts varied from the celebration of marriage equality to Dr. Who to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
Team Perkins+Will looked to their materials – donated by textile designer Susanne Tick – for inspiration. “We felt that the best way to complement her work would be to build upon her theme of creating 2D shapes and using the array of pigments and textures to put them in motion,” the team writes.
Proceeds from the auction will go towards Be Original Americas, an organization committed to protecting the value of authenticity in the marketplace, and educating the public about the economic, ethical, and environmental value of authentic design.