Sustainable Art

thelivinghyfi02_v2bEach summer, the MoMA PS1 outdoor exhibition space in Long Island City, N.Y.,  displays a unique work from an up-and-coming architect who is ready to break onto the scene. This year’s creation is “Hy-Fi,” three spiraling towers that use special materials to emit as little energy, waste and carbon emissions as possible.

The “bio installation” was the brainchild of David Benjamin, principal of New York-based firm The Living, which also won the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s 15th annual Young Architects Program.

Hy-Fi lords over the courtyard and is an architectural marvel. Made from corn stalks and living root structures, compostable Ecovative bricks comprise the bulk of the towers. Continue reading →

The Man on the Street

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The Azeeza store window in Chicago.

As a visual merchandiser and window display artist, July in Chicago has become one of my most favorite times of year. This is when Project Windows, a visual design competition celebrating the art of window display in downtown Chicago, comes to life. From luxury retailers, like Ralph Lauren, Burberry and Marc Jacobs, to big-box brands (think AT&T’s Michigan Avenue Flagship and Macy’s State Street) to the beloved independent and local retailers scattered in between, this contest celebrates all types of window displays and the unique programs each individual store maintains.

In our fourth year of Project Windows, the Art Institute of Chicago approached us looking for a way to get their message to “the man on the street.” For a world-renowned cultural institution such as the Art Institute of Chicago, we were really struck by the idea of “hearing, seeing and doing,” which is a large part of the fabric that makes up tourism marketing for a museum like this. Continue reading →

Pet Pop-Up

_FFS8473Once a novel idea for humans, pop-ups are no longer solely relegated to the two-legged domain. Phoenix-based PetSmart Inc. recently partnered with the City of Detroit and the non-profit community organization Detroit Dog Park to install a portable, pop-up dog park in a vacant city lot. PetSmart P.U.P.’s Detroit Dog Park is the city’s first official dog park, providing more than 10,000 sq. ft. of space for pets and their owners to play.

PetSmart’s P.U.P. is a shipping container that is equipped with everything needed to create a temporary dog park, including 340 ft. of fencing, three moveable benches, three Oops Clean-Up Stations, a storage closet, and interior lighting powered by solar panels atop the container. Continue reading →

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

The design:retail Student Window Challenge, presented in cooperation with Saks Fifth Avenue, is officially underway! Today in New York, design students from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and LIM College are putting their visual prowess and creative talents to use in Saks Fifth Avenue’s 49th Street windows. The competition kicked off bright and early this morning and the students have been hard at work ever since! Check out the images below for a look at their progress so far. You can also follow design:retail on Twitter @designretailmag for live tweets and photos throughout the day (#studentwindowchallenge)! If you’re in New York, be sure to stop by before the competition wraps up at 5 p.m.! Continue reading →

Student Window Challenge NYC 2014!

SWC_Logo_Header_624x209Diva could not be more excited for the design:retail Student Window Challenge, presented by Saks Fifth Avenue! This year’s students once again hail from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and LIM College, and Diva is truly looking forward to seeing how they push their creativity to the limits. If you’re in New York and you want to see the retail design industry’s up-and-coming talent, stop by Saks’ 49th Street windows on Thursday, June 5—the students will be working in the windows all day on their designs (till 5 p.m.).

If you’re in the mood for some mingling after work, stop by the After Party and Awards Ceremony, hosted inside Saks from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., where you can connect with your retail design industry friends and meet the rising stars/students. Continue reading →