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City Modern will open the doors to emerging designers' studios in Brooklyn. With unprecedented access to designers in their work environment, attendees will pique their curiosity and interact with the designers themselves to learn more about the creative process. Designers on the self-guided tours include: Snarkitecture, hOmE, Chen Chen & Kai Williams, Um Project, DMFD, Hellman Chang, Egg Collective, Todd Bracher, Olga Guanabara, Uhuru Design, TOKEN, Fort Standard and Click Boom Pow.
The self-guided tour will begin in the Thos. Moser New York showroom from 1 - 2pm when Dwell Editor in Chief Amanda Dameron will sit down for a design discussion with Thos. Moser head designer, David Moser. Enjoy design dialogue, champagne and light refreshments while picking up your 'Emerging Designer Studio Tours' map.
MAP PICK-UP: Thos. Moser New York Showroom | 699 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor | New York, NY
TIME: 1 - 2pm Map Pick-up/Presentation, 2 - 5pm Brooklyn Self-guided Tours
Brooklyn Designer Open Studio Tours | October 2
BIO: Chen Chen and Kai Williams met while studying industrial design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Upon graduating, Chen began working for Moss, eventually rising to the rank of Display Director in 2010. Williams began a CNC fabrication company, realising pieces for a range of both designers and artists. In 2011 Chen and Williams decided to begin a lasting collaboration through founding a design studio.
The studio is primarily focused on material properties and is guided by the principle that no materials are inert allowing for objects to assume a naturally occurring form. A careful balance between the hand of the designer and chance is struck and many of the pieces are composed in a way which the designers will have no sense of the outcome until the final moment.
13 GREENPOINT AVE
BIO: Daniel Michalik is the founder of DMFD, a firm creating furniture and objects from underutilized, environmentally responsible materials and manufacturing methods. Recent explorations have included cork from sustainably managed forests and lumber from structures around New York City. He has worked with clients such as L’Oreal, Swarovski, Jean-George Vongerichten, and the Smithsonian Institution.
Daniel was the recipient of the Fellowship in Design from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts in 2005. He has exhibited internationally, including at the Milan Furniture Fair, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and the VIA in Paris. His work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Dwell, Taschen Books, Wallpaper*, Interior Design and American Craft, as well as the Sundance Channel and HGTV. He received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in the Department of Furniture Design, and currently teaches at Parsons The New School for Design in New York and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
195 Morgan Avenue, #301
BIO: Egg Collective is Stephanie Beamer, Crystal Ellis, and Hillary Petrie. This Brooklyn-based design company is committed to building American-made furniture that merges heirloom-quality craftsmanship and contemporary design. All furniture and objects are handcrafted by members of the collective; and anything they cannot make themselves is sourced out to local and small-scale manufacturers.eggcollective.com
47 Hall Street
BIO: Fort Standard is a young contemporary design studio founded by Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings. Their collaborative work is a fusion of craft-based backgrounds and a progressive design approach which pairs timeless materials with modern day process. Often using traditional methods of production in new ways, the designers have developed a unique form language rooted in simplicity and functionality. Their attention to detail, connections and materiality generate value through design in what Buntain and Collings describe as a “warm-contemporary” aesthetic. Having launched their own line of products and furniture designed and most often built in-house, the duo is also engaged in a more formal industrial design practice consulting for mass production.fortstandard.com
204 Van Dyke Street, Unit 325B (2nd Floor)
BIO: During the past 6+ years, luxury furniture company, Hellman-Chang, has come to embody the soul of Brooklyn’s artisanal handmade culture. Dan Hellman and Eric Chang’s sleek aesthetic has won multiple awards and industry recognition. Beyond awards, they have created countless designs for the residences of celebrities and social elite, and their furniture has been used in interiors of high-end hotels such as The Setai, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, The Waldorf Astoria, The Ritz Carlton, The Four Seasons and The Intercontinental, as well as featured in entertainment productions ranging from Sex and the City 2 to Gossip Girl. Their illustrious history coupled with the future additions to their line certainly places them at forefront of Brooklyn’s design renaissance. Read recent coverage from DesignMilk.com.hellman-chang.com
509 Johnson Ave (Between Varick and Stewart)
BIO: Founded in 2009 by Evan and Oliver Haslegrave, hOmE is a design firm for interiors, furniture and lighting. To date they have designed, developed and built nine commercial projects in new york: the restaurants goat town, paulie gee's and manhattan inn; bars donna, duckduck and elsa; cafe for van leeuwen ice cream; craft beer store beer street; and boutique against nature. They also collaborated on the bar the wayland and created an installation for the restaurant motorino. The name hOmE is an acronym of their names and those of their sisters, Hadley and Morgan.home-nyc.com
230 Franklin Street
BIO: Started in 2011 by Richard Velloso, Olga Guanabara is a furniture design & build workshop and showroom in Brooklyn, New York. It specializes in fine handcrafted dining tables, coffee tables and a few more unique creations for the home or office. The pieces are designed and hand-built by Richard Velloso in his on-site workshop.
Velloso is a Brazilian/American-born artist who left his career as a creative director at a major advertising firm in New York City after feeling too constrained creatively by the advertising world. He decided to reconnect with one of his truest passions - furniture design. His training was obtained primarily from his 93-year old grandfather on the family ranch in Northern California. Richard’s artistic training and business savvy led to his own brand: Olga Guanabara - named after his beloved chocolate Labrador retriever, Olga – and the Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro where she was born.
215 Plymouth Street
BIO: Snarkitecture is a collaborative practice operating in territories between the disciplines of art and architecture. Working within existing spaces or in collaboration with other artists and designers, the practice focuses on the investigation of structure, material and program and how these elements can be manipulated to serve new and imaginative purposes. Searching for sites within architecture with the possibility for confusion or misuse, Snarkitecture aims to make architecture perform the unexpected.snarkitecture.com
60 Box Street
BIO: Native New Yorker Todd Bracher, founder of Todd Bracher Studio LLC, is a Designer and Strategist currently based in New York City after a decade working in Copenhagen, Milan, Paris and London. Todd has collaborated with some of the most prestigious brands around the world from Furniture and Object Design to Interiors and Architecture. Todd has been pinned as ‘America’s next great Designer’ as well as received nominations for International Designer of the year in 2008 and 2009. His experiences range from working independently, heading Tom Dixon’s Design studio, acting Professor of Design at l’ESAD in Reims France, to having been appointed Creative Director of the Scandinavian luxury brand Georg Jensen.toddbracher.net
63 Flushing Avenue, Building 280, Suite 515, Unit 195
BIO: TOKEN is a Brooklyn based design and manufacturing studio focused on developing contemporary handcrafted furniture and lighting objects that embody the ongoing intentions of American modernism. With careful consideration of structural ingenuity, material dynamics and aesthetic coherence the TOKENnyc collection provides elements for purposeful and considered living.
Will Kavesh and Emrys Berkower met as undergraduates at Alfred University in 1992. After graduating in 1996 and going on to individually pursue art making and design careers, Emrys and Will reconnected in 2005 and began collaborating on various projects, specifically lighting and furniture design. This led to the formation of the design/build studio TOKEN in 2007 which also serves as a platform for supporting and participating in the rich community of locally based designers and fabricators.
481 Van Brunt Street, No. 9A
BIO: Bill Hilgendorf grew up in Boston, MA. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a bachelors degree in Industrial Design he moved to Brooklyn and worked in a cabinet shop until 2004, when he started Uhuru Design with Jason Horvath. Always inspired by the items discarded on the streets of New York, Bill repurposes unwanted materials and found objects and makes them into hip, functional furniture.
Co founder of Uhuru Design, Jason Horvath was born and raised in Louisville, KY and currently lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in industrial and graphic design, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in the Art and Design world. Jason worked as an interior designer for Stedila Design in NYC for four years as he built Uhuru Design. Currently working as CEO of Uhuru, Jason is also involved heavily in the NY art scene.
160 Van Brunt St., 3rd Floor
BIO: UM Project was founded in 2004 by François Chambard, combining a background in branding with his passion for furniture design. Born from François' desire to get his hands dirty and his observation that the market was craving more personal, tangible products and experiences beyond the conceptual promise of brands, UM Project’s work borrows cues from industry and craft, creating pieces that transcend the qualities of both the handmade and the mass-produced. Inspiration also comes from the reinterpretation of traditional techniques and archetypes. Such choices show in the combination of materials and the way they connect. The result is work with personality, seriousness and a touch of playfulness.
UM Project has been featured in many notable magazines and blogs including Dwell, Interior Design, Monocle , Metropolis, Intramuros, Frame, Architectural Digest, Elle Decoration, Details, Wired, Core77, Surface, Mocoloco, Design Boom, Icon and Wallpaper. UM Project was also recently featured on the cover of Tape Op – the bible for the creative recording industry – and other trade magazines for the design and manufacture of an acclaimed analog mixing console.
810 Humboldt Street, 2nd floor