New York City Design Review, Part I

The ColorVoyant Watch

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New York City continues to influence fashion, artistry, lifestyle and economy across the world. In this edition of The ColorVoyant Watch, I will highlight one museum exhibition worth visiting. Part II of my blog post will show two Brooklyn-based artists, fashion through hair and Architectural Digest trade show. The newest of what’s happening in North America can be found in the city.


New York City’s Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) at Columbus Circle and 59th St. on the Southwest corner of Central Park, is one of the best museums in the city, addressing alternative decorative crafts and art in the international contemporary circuit. Currently, the Out of Hand exhibition addresses the interplay between the digital and analog mediums, natural and man-made, biological and cultural, and the virtual and real.

Out of Hand explores the importance of digital fabrication in contemporary art, design and architecture in the past eight years with an explosion of forms that were difficult to fabricate. It reveals the different technologies: 3D Printing, CNC (Computer-Numerically-Controlled) machining—a process where material is removed from a solid block; i.e. carving sculptural techniques—and digital knitting and weaving. The exhibition states that these processes are a reflection of a critical shift in thinking…leading to the post-digital era. The exhibition is open until June 1, 2014.


By Neri Oxman of USA and Iris van Herpen of the Netherlands. Cape and Skirt (2013) was created with photopolymer resins, hand sewn silk lining and multi-material 3D printing. Image from MAD. Watch a video on a 3D-printed dress on the catwalk.


Continuum Fashion. N12 Bikini (2011). Made from Nylon 12. Image from MAD.


Sandra Backlund of Sweden from Control-C Collection Fall/Winter 2009–2010 collaborated with Italian knitwear company Maglificio Miles to develop machine-made samples adapted from Sandra’s hand-knitted haute couture, capturing a hand-made quality that is simple and wearable. Image from MAD.,



The T/Shirt Issue is from a Digital Portrait series made of Jersey and Iron-on interfacing. The triangular polygons serve as basic digital building blocks, giving the garments a geometric, faceted quality. The wolf (top) is linked to the artist’s stories of a boy brought up by a wolf. And the bird (bottom) is a dimensional sculpture. Images from MAD.


By Michael Schmidt and Francis Bitonti, USA. 3D-printed gown for Burlesque icon Dita Von Teese, 2013. Made of nylon and Swarovski crystals. Image from MAD.


Aranda/Lasch. 20 bridges for Central Park (2011). Constructed of expanded polystyrene-foam aluminum, and medium-density fiberboard. Image from MAD.,


Anish Kapoor, UK, uses concrete and pigment. He believes that the hand of the artist is a means by which the expression of art finds a voice. To make art without a hand is a goal that sets art beyond expression. These objects were created by a machine that expresses a new reality…of objects like no other. Image from MAD.


Roxy Paine, USA. All forms are made by Sumak No. 2 machine out of low-density polyethylene. Image from MAD.



Michael Hansmeyer of Switzerland creates Subdivided Column utilizing 2,700 sheets of 1mm coated grey board and wood. Image from MAD.


By Frank Stella, USA, the Scarlatti Kirkpatrick Series (2011). Architectural inspiration found in sculptural quality only achieved with 3D printing. Image from MAD.


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Reminiscent of my ColorVoyant 2015 forecast theme of Blur, these images reflect an “after image” effect. Made from the “DNA” of a Queen Anne side chair inspiration, the Clone Chair by Julian Mayor, UK, modeled a low-resolution image on the computer. Sheets of plywood are hand assembled, echoing the graduated layers of the computer model (top). A metal Victorian candelabra is the object of a 3D scan using light to optically record the surface of an object. With light reflecting off the shiny surface the spikes that project from the sculpture represent the varying intensities of reflected light (bottom). Images from MAD.


Cinderella Table(2008) made from Carrara marble by Demakersvan, the Netherlands. Carrara marble has made a huge comeback at European shows in the last two years. Interesting how a hard material becomes “fluid”. Image from MAD.


Twisted Dump Truck by Wim Delvoye, Belgium. Wim began making full-scale sculptures of heavy machinery, rendered in the style of Gothic architecture. 12th century cathedrals are combined with construction vehicles to create a hybrid of spiritual and material, divine and secular. In this piece, Delvoye dramatically twists the machine, accomplished only on the computer rendering. Image from MAD.

Final words

Stay tuned for my next blog report, where I will be reviewing young Brooklyn-based talents, Manhattan hair fashion and Architectural Digest trade show in the New York City.


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