Pratt Designers Furnish a Home — Part 1

Pratt Designers Furnish a Home — Part 1

Jill Slater
Dec 2, 2009

Name: Pratt Institute and Third + Bond
Location: Gowanus / Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
Size: 1,900 square feet, 3-bedroom duplex

While no one lives in these apartments, a lot of thought, preparation, and creativity went into creating these potential homes. Hudson Developers invited Pratt Institute alumni, faculty, and students from the architecture, interior design, industrial design, and fine arts departments to furnish two model apartments in Third + Bond, a new residential development in Brooklyn.

Over the course of a year, these numerous and talented designers ranging in age from 19 to 103 — thanks to Eva Zeisel — curated and custom-designed the entire content of the apartment other than the built-ins! And thanks to their innovation and commitment to sustainability, the furniture, accessories, art, and style are very impressive and inspiring — and often very green. The development is expecting to qualify for LEED-GOLD and Energy Star designations.

Some of these products have been around for years, and some were designed or built specifically for this site. Because there is so much to share, the tour will be a two-part series. Check back in mid-December for more great work courtesy of Pratt.

Apartment Therapy Survey
Style: Modern, affordable, and sustainable

Inspiration: The design of Third + Bond itself as well as Pratt Institute's designers took inspiration from the context of the neighborhood, both its organic and urban ecologies. The finishes, such as the penny mosaic tile in the bathrooms, have a hint of handcrafted that warms up the modern aesthetic. Pairing towels from Pratt — hand-screened with images of Brooklyn's streetscapes (designed specifically for this project) — with the penny tile is an example of the way designers from Pratt Institute engaged with the Third + Bond architects.

Favorite Element: The site-specific wallpaper created by Pratt students for the Third + Bond model residence interiors. The design was inspired by the legendary oysters of the Gowanus Canal. The soft green palette and textured paper bring the organic indoors and the repeating graphic works perfectly with the spaciousness of the residences.

Biggest Challenge: To curate the residential interiors with Third + Bond's prospective buyer in mind. It's important that furnishings don't distract but enhance model residences.

What Friends Say: Visitors have been impressed by the stylish, eco-friendly artwork and designs. They love the unexpected furnishings like the buoy stool and the cardboard rockers. They also love the floor plans of the units themselves and all of the eco-friendly design elements like the organic landscaping of the yard.

Biggest Embarrassment: Having to explain how to use the dual flush toilets to total strangers. ("The big button is for when you, you know…")

Proudest DIY: Use of recycled/recyclable materials. For example, the multi-use recycled cardboard bottle storage, the lighting fixture created by Pratt architecture students and Professor Anthony Caradonna made of stacked and laminated cardboard cutouts, and the recycled wool stools by alumna Sara Ebert made out of old sweaters.

Biggest Indulgence: Modern classics by renowned designers Eva Zeisel, Bruce Hannah, and Bill Katavolos.

Best Advice: Mix and match classic work by established artists and designers with new work from up-and-coming artists and designers. And it doesn't hurt to start with a great space that inspires you.

More detailed information can be found in House Tour's image captions
• Coffee Table, entrance hooks, and emotives by
Eva Zeisel
• Soft Desk Clock by Giovanni Pellone
• XYZ Dining Table by Evan Dublin
• Buoy Chair by Evan Dewhirst
• Cardboard bottle dispenser/wine rack by Anthony Caradonna
• Scrapile Table by Scrapile

Images: Jill Slater

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