Tonight: August Group Design Experiment

Tonight: August Group Design Experiment

Maxwell Ryan
Aug 12, 2009

• What: AT's New York Design Meetup (Signup here)
• August Guests: 6 Members with problem rooms
• Members: 1,109 and growing
• When: 6:30-9pm, Wednesday, August 12
• Where: Knoll Showroom, 76 9th Avenue, Floor 11, NYC

This is tonight! This eve, we've got six great submissions for problem rooms that could use group apartment therapy. We'll kick off at 7pm sharp and each person will get 3 minutes to present and 7 minutes of feedback. Above is really quite a stunning before and after from Elizabeth Kenney. Her problem now?...

How to hang pictures on this new wall:

"What has me completely stuck, is how to hang a very eclectic assortment of artwork on this wall." Her whole question is below, but come on down and see all the rooms on Wednesday...

From Elizabeth for the pics above:

"I am a textile designer (Knoll is actually one of my clients), a
single mom with two small kids, 2 and 6, and I have a simple yet
challenging problem. Last year, I did a gut renovation of our whole
apartment and the result is fun, active and has a lot of color,
artwork, and ethnic textiles throughout from Africa, Asia, and South
America. The entire apartment is a 634 sq ft, 2 BR. Wall space is at
a premium and I imagined this big orange wall in the living room would
be a fun gallery like space for an assortment of artwork, ethnic
objects, and kids art

What has me completely stuck, is how to hang a very eclectic
assortment of artwork on this wall. Mostly I'm terrified because it
is plaster, there are a lot of small pieces of art and I fear if I
don't like it, I'll have to patch and paint. I'm comfortable laying
out a composition, measuring distance, nailing, hanging, etc. What I
don't know is this - Will it make the room look too cluttered? Is it
weird to have artwork above a wall with the sofa perpendicular? Will
the kids want to climb up on the sofa and take the art off the wall?
Is the space just too small for so many visual elements? Do I hang it
permanently, or try to use ledges in a high/low arrangement that leave
things open for mixing things up? Will this even work for a mix of
framed and 3D pieces?

The overall size of the room is 16x16' with 11ft ceilings so it feels
very open. It is our combined kitchen/LR/DR/office (that's the
'office' tucked behind the sofa around the corner from the wall
shelf). The sofa has to be where it is, butting the wall, because the
TV is on the wall to the right between the window and the door to the
terrace. The kitchen occupies the entire wall opposite the orange one
and is done in shades of neutral - white Caesarstone, maple cabinets,
glass tile backsplash, stainless appliances.

Attached are three photos that show before, after, and the artwork for
the wall. Thank you for considering my little dilemma for Wednesday
evening. Looking forward to a great event!"


Elizabeth Kenney

Please RSVP if you plan to join us for this special Meetup. We hope that switching up the format this month will give everyone an extra chance to mingle and meet one another!

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