If you want a glimpse into the future of design, then there's no better place to look than the next generation of aspiring student designers. We saw plenty of standout student projects during New York Design Week that combined cutting-edge material applications with exceptional sustainable design strategies. Check out our exclusive gallery ahead for our student design highlights from New York Design Week 2011 -- from Pratt to NYU, RISD and beyond!
PRATT: David Kim and Mike Seto, from the design collaborative ClickBoomPow created a line of colorful “New Role Models” chairs, which are designed to offer public seating with a pop of art. These customized chairs are designed as part of a community-empowering initiative to activate abandoned or overlooked public urban spaces by providing a purpose to these locales.
PRATT: This Folded Felt Stool is the result of Li-Rong Liao’s thesis experiments with different folding profiles, which sought to find a balance between structure and aesthetics. With mathematical formula, Liao is able to apply the folding concept in a large range of design aspects including furniture, fashion, and medical devices. The Stool is folded in one sheet of cardboard with a layer of felt finishing.
PRATT: Frances Ranno‘s fun and funky “Sneaks” lamp meshes a symbol of urban culture with energy-efficient lighting. The fixture incorporates a compact fluorescent bulb to create a long-lasting source of energy-efficient light.
RISD: Students of the department of furniture design at RISD unveiled their “Recyclable Composites” exhibit on the show floor at ICFF. The designers were instructed to use Twintex, a recyclable glass and thermoplastic polypropylene fiber filament to create their pieces. These “Shadow Lamps” offer a dynamic new take on LED lighting.
RISD: One student’s Perm Chair proved to be quite the hair-raising piece, garnering looks from numerous passing by.
RISD: These explorations push the boundaries of both design and the customary use for this product. Twintex gave students an interesting base material that gave way to mind-bending forms.
MODEL CITIZENS: Ashley Jean Landon salvages off-cuts from wood shops and transforms them into miniature trees! Her Reforestation “forest” is a response to the tremendous amount of waste in the lumber industry.
MODEL CITIZENS:Reclaiming Brooklyn exhibited a stool made from salvaged wood that pops atop a brightly colored metal frame.
MODEL CITIZENS: Reclaiming Brooklyn designer Harris Hine showcased an arching floor lamp made from a found tree branch that beautifully merges rustic and modern design elements.
NYU ITP: One of the most aesthetically intriguing pieces in this year’s ITP show was “In the Future, Gardens Will Grow on Motors,” an eerie landscape of black rocks and light bulbs filled with ferrofluid, a dark magnetic liquid. The system used solar power to charge batteries, which created electromagnetic pulses that made the ferrofluid take on different shapes.
NYU ITP: Becky Kazansky and Alexander Kozovski’s Re-cyclelight is powered by kinetic energy salvaged from braking the bike — perfect for alerting drivers that you are slowing down.
There were several wearable green designs at the show, but our favorite was Eight by Hana Marie Newman. This plastic dress serves as a personal air purification system complete with an oxygen tank.