NYC Design Week 2013 brought together city hall and design leaders to broaden the reach of the event. The design community has already been laying the groundwork, with shows happenings at multiple locations across lower Manhattan. This year brought strong promotion and branding. They chose the “X” logo – a potent symbol of collaboration in NYC, where people, material and culture can multiply into great design. The branding for NYC X Design may have even picked up on the ‘X’ from last years 12 X 12. It’s hoped that public support and interest in NYC X Design will continue to multiply over time.
Congratulations to Mat Driscoll (aka Bellboy) – with his ‘Water Tower Chair’ chosen as a pre-emminent work of furniture design, featured on the May 2013 cover of American Craft magazine. Produced from the salvaged Redwood of a Park Ave., NYC water tower, it was created for the 12 X 12 furniture exhibit at Wanted Design during the Spring 2012 Design Week. The event – promoting modern sustainable design and collaboration – was co-sponsored by Sawkill Lumber Co., Build-It-Green and 3rd Ward with proceeds to benefit wood shop job training in NYC through the non-profit Brooklyn Woods. More info at www.12x12nyc.com.
Basil Walter Architects was asked to design a modern residence on a 90-acre farm in upstate New York,one that would feel connected to the landscape, and reflect the latest in green technology. One of the primary materials employed was a natural wood skin made from the tropical hardwoods of Northeast boardwalks, supplied by Sawkill Lumber Co. The house is adjacent to the Hudson River with a spectacular view. Other sustainable elements include geothermal wells around the site, and photovoltaic solar panels on the roof.
Sawkill Lumber joined with Brooklyn Woods at the IDEAS CITY street fest, organized by the New Museum on the Bowery. The event explored the future of cities around the globe with the belief that arts and culture are essential to a cities vitality, making them better places to live, work, and play. This year’s theme hit on reclaimed lumber directly – called Untapped Capital, participants focused on resources that are under-recognized or underutilized in our cities.