In May 2021, NYCxDESIGN announced the winners of the IMPACTxDESIGN outdoor public installation competition in partnership with Caesarstone, Kickie Chudikova and Karim Rashid.
The two winning furniture arrangements will be unveiled in DUMBO and Downtown Manhattan during the 10th Anniversary Festival in May 2022 and remain on view through April 2023. Read more about the installations below.
Turn Out by Karim Rashid | Downtown Manhattan
As teased in its name, Karim’s proposal makes creative use of negative space by turning Caesarstone slabs on their side horizontally and cutting out abstract shapes that are then repurposed to form a series of connected benches and tables. The design offers a range of gathering spaces, from semi-enclosed areas to long, linear seating and playful zig-zag layouts. Inspired as a zero waste design concept, Turn Out consists of just three elements cut from a single sheet of quartz to minimize excess material. The benches are also reconfigurable to ensure the installation can evolve with the changing needs of its environment.
“At the moment, we are collectively experiencing a wake-up call from mother nature, urging us to think about slowing down, communicating honestly, consuming less, enjoying and appreciating our existence,” says Karim. “The Turn Out concept creates a space that engages curiosity and delight.”
As one of today’s prolific industrial designers, Karim’s portfolio spans product, furniture, lighting, and surface design, as well as brand identity, packaging, interior design, and building design.
Spiral of Life by Kickie Chudikova | Dumbo Brooklyn
Drawing inspiration from the waves of the Hudson River and the sculptures of Isamu Noguchi, Spiral of Life is an adaptive installation that offers a place to sit, contemplate, and re-energize while enjoying the impressive Dumbo vistas. This modular bench consists of waterjet-cut stone pieces connected by a single metal structure, forming an organic shape with a series of generously-sized individual seats for social distancing. Leaving no material to waste, Chudikova devised clever side tables fabricated out of cutouts from the seating.
“Thanks to its modularity, Spiral of Life can be adjusted in size and shape,” notes Chudikova. “It can work as a singular element, a pair of seats, a circle, or a continuous undulating wave, creating the ideal place to gather safely with friends and enjoy the fresh air outdoors.”
Chudikova opened her eponymous Brooklyn-based studio last year, where she designs products, furniture, objects, and lighting.
Sponsored by Caesarstone
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