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Head Hi & Furnishing Utopia Present: PUBLIC ACCESS

05/18/2023 - 06/03/2023
All Day

Furnishing Utopia returns to NYCxDESIGN in 2023 to pose a foundational question to the design world:  How can we expand our creative practices through acts of care and empathy?

‘PUBLIC ACCESS’ probes this idea with an exhibition of works exploring how design can inspire communal acts of sharing in the public realm.

This debut installment, curated by Jean Lee, co-founder of Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, features works from 37 international designers on view in a two-part exhibition at Head Hi, a Brooklyn based cultural organization, and the Naval Cemetery Landscape in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a public park which has never been activated for a design exhibition.

The exhibited work is an evolving array of offerings designed and built in situ—some sharing community resources, some connecting with nature, and others igniting a sense of wonderment.  All respond to their unique locations with an invitation for the public to engage freely. The two-part exhibition of PUBLIC ACCESS will be showcased at two distinct locations in Brooklyn. The first location is Head Hi, an organization dedicated to design and architecture publications with an emphasis on cultural programming. The second location is the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative’s Naval Cemetery Landscape in Brooklyn Navy Yard, a 200-year-old historical site that serves as a sacred grove and a memorial meadow for public use.

In order to inspire more PUBLIC ACCESS interventions following the show, each project will be published digitally and will include open source construction plans and inspirational references.

The three main events include

  • Opening Party, Thursday, May 18, 6-8pm (no RSVP needed)
  • Walking Tour + Gathering, Saturday, May 20, 1-3pm (Link to RSVP)
  • Discussion: Nordic Design with Care featuring Anne-Rachel Schiffmann: Director, Senior Interior Architect of Snøhetta; Kristoffer Vestre: Director of Vestre & Vestre Habitats; Kristian Notland Harnes: Co-founder of Minus Furniture; Peter Hedman: Marketing director of Hydro, Monday, May 22 6:30-9pm (Link to RSVP)

Learn more at www.headhi.net.


05/18/2023 - 06/03/2023
All Day EST


Head Hi
146 Flushing Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205 United States
Event Format
Live (indoor)
Event Type
Open to Public
Design Discipline
Architecture, Product Design, Outdoors