To kick-off our recent Meetup with David Netto, three Pratt students — Alexis Liu, Ed Hale and Elizabeth New — were each invited to share a recent design project.
MAXWELL GILLINGHAM-RYAN:: Apartment Therapy is now hosting international Meetups through Meetups everywhere. Meetups were originally intended for startup designers, students to share their work — and lately for design stars like David Netto. A few Pratt students will now share their work (3 minutes apiece followed by questions), introducing their projects as if at a trade show. Other New York design schools and students are invited and encouraged to attend future Apartment Therapy Meetups to do the same.
PRATT STUDENT WORK
Flat Packing Stools by Alexis Liu
ALEXIS:: Flat pack stools are three simple, flat pieces that become furniture in two easy steps. I experimented with paint, laser cutting, and photographs for the trompe l'oeil graphics, but the possibilities are limitless.
The space constraints of New York inspired Alexis to create an alternative type of folding chair — a three-dimensional form created from two-dimensional pieces. Each stools is comprised of three simple pieces: two notched panels (as legs) plus one notched circular seat (top). The concept could be applied to other furniture.
PORTFOLIO: Alexis Liu
Bosun Paper Lamps by Ed Hale
ED: Bosun Paper Lamp is loosely inspired by the old hanging onion lamps that used to be commonplace on ships. The lamp is composed entirely from one sheet of paper, with no waste. The bulging form of the lamp is created by two strips of paper that are notched into the body and hold it in tension.
Paper lamp started as a die cutting project, inspired from other lamps that have wooden ribs and a thin piece of metal. Starting from the objective to create a lamp using only paper by creating a volume to diffuse light. Ed would like to explore similar designs using larger pieces of paper and different forms.
PORTFOLIO: Ed Hale
Rock Vases by Elizabeth New
ELIZABETH: These vases were inspired by the Oregon Coast, where the combination of water, plants and rock are magnificent. I love the idea of being able to bring a little of the coast home with you.
Elizabeth borrowed rocks from a friend's garden to create plaster molds fir slipcast ceramic casting. She fired and glazed the results to mimic the appearance of rocks. She loves the "happiness factor" — flowers sit as if growing directly out of the rock. She is unsure of application, direction and marketing strategies for her work.
Q: Where are Elizabeth New Rock Vases available for purchase?
A: Directly from designer at Giant Peanut.
PORTFOLIO: Elizabeth New
Thank you Alexis, Ed & Elizabeth!
We're hoping to kick off future Meetups with more design student presentations. If you're a design student in the US and would like to show one great design at our monthly Meetup, please email Herma Ryan.
• Special thanks to Alice Engel for transcribing our Meetup!
• Special thanks to Knoll for welcoming our Meetup to their showroom!
• Special thanks to our wine sponsor, September Wine & Spirits!