IIDA Pioneer Series

Pioneering Design Lecture Series

February 16, 2011

On March 29, 2011, IIDA NY will kick off the 13th annual Pioneering Design Lecture Series at the 92nd Street Y Tribeca in New York City. Cocktails begin at 6:00pm, followed by a panel discussion and reception. Tickets are $50 in advance, and can be purchased online, $60 at the door in limited quantity.

This year’s first speaker is Todd Bracher; recently appointed Creative Director ofGeorg Jensen. Prior to joining George Jensen, Bracher spent 10 years in Europe serving as Senior Designer for Tom Dixon in London and as acting Professor of Design at L’ESAD in Reims, France. He designed furniture pieces for Zanotta in Milan and for Fritz Hansen in Copenhagen. In 2008 The NY Daily News named Todd “America’s Next Great Designer” and the ICFF named him their Best New Designer.

The second lecture on May 17th, celebrates the friendship and collaboration betweenPatrizia Moroso and Patrizia Urquiola. Patrizia Moroso is the Art Director of Moroso S.p.a., a family business known as a leading international design brand of furniture for public and private settings. She considers herself a ‘talent scout’ and has spent the past 25 years commissioning unconventional pieces from Rod Arad, Tord Boontje, Doshi Levien and others; always experimenting with both hand crafting and the newest technologies. Moroso’s pieces can be found at MoMA, the Palais de Tokyo and Le Grand Palais in Paris. Patrizia Urquiola was born in Orviedo, Spain and now lives and works in Milan. After practicing design with Vico Magistretti and Piero Lissoni she opened her own studio in 2001 known for product design, architecture, installations and concept creation. Her client list includes: Valentino, Hermes, B&B Italia, Flos, Foscarini, Knoll, Rosenthal, Swarovski, the Mandarin Oriental, and the Orviedo Opera. Both lectures are accredited for IIDA and AIA Continuing Education Units.

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New York Fiber in the 21st Century | Lehman College Art Gallery

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Michael Cummings – “Mecklenburg, North Carolina Cotton Picking Time”


Curated by Sandra Sider, New York Fiber in the 21st Century focuses on artists in and near New York City who work primarily in fiber and textiles. This exhibition offers a unique survey of 47 works by 30 artists and demonstrates the vibrant diversity of fiber art on the New York scene.


Reception: Monday, March 21, 6-8 pm


Lehman College Art Gallery

Bedford Park Blvd West

Bronx, NY 10468

(718) 960-8731



Crazy Quilt Installation by Thinc Design

Posted by jenna_mcknight at 2/2/2011 5:45 PM CST

If you’re in Manhattan on March 25-30, you might want to swing by the Park Avenue Armory, where towering spirals made of red and white quilts will be suspended from the ceiling of the 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall. The installation, “Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts,” was conceived by Thinc Design, a New York-based firm that specializes in exhibition design. The free show is being presented by the American Museum of Folk Art. In total, 650 quilts will be on display.

Thinc also is working on the exhibition design for the National September 11 Memorial Museum, slated to open in 2012 at the World Trade Center site. The firm’s past projects include the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences and the Freedom Park in Tshwane, South Africa.

On a related note, check out editor Suzanne Stephen’s review of another recent installation at the Armory, “Leonardo’s Last Supper: A Vision by Peter Greenaway.” She was not a fan!

Image courtesy Thinc Design