Reclaim NYC Exhibits for Charity at Design Week
Reclaim NYC, the charity design organization founded in the wake of last October’s Superstorm Sandy, will host its second furniture exhibit and sale to benefit victims of the storm during New York Design Week. More than 40 pieces from 26 teams, asked to present pieces that demonstrate the collaborative process, will be presented from May 16-18 at 446 Broadway’s third-floor gallery space in Soho. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Brooklyn Recovery Fund.
Many designers are participating for the second time, welcoming a chance to explore new disciplines in the name of a good cause. “When I first heard of Reclaim, I immediately thought that it was a great idea because it was not only about Sandy relief but also about strengthening bonds within the creative and design community,” says UM Project’s François Chambard. “This time, the experiment goes much deeper and the initial promise is brought up to its full potential. I am creating new pieces from scratch with BAGGU,” says Chambard.
Chambard designed his Après collection for Reclaim’s December show using salvaged parts from Token, a Red Hook furniture design company devastated by Sandy. Unable to participate in the first exhibit, Token is now teaming up with Uhuru to give back to the community that supported both studios through their recovery with a series of glass and metal vessels.
Brooklyn-based Egg Collective is another of several new additions to the show’s roster. Poly, its collaboration with Brooklyn-based Hangar Design Studio, is a collection of seven-sided objects that can act as sculptures, bookends, or doorstops. “Our collaboration was driven by our desire to create a series of affordable, beautiful, and functional objects,” says Crystal Ellis, partner, Egg. “The process of designing with another studio has pushed us to experiment with new materials and methods.”
Unlike the first show, which challenged designers to use materials reclaimed from Sandy’s destruction, Reclaim x2 broadens the scope of materials, encouraging designers to work outside of traditional mediums. But some will do both: Souda, a Brooklyn-based design firm established in September 2012, is presenting its Bubble Chandelier, made of plastic bottles sourced through a partnership with Sure We Can, a Brooklyn nonprofit that run’s New York’s only homeless-friendly can redemption center.
Reclaim x2 will kick off its charity sale with a pre Design Week sale via @60” and Lin-Morris. To RSVP for Reclaim x2’s Design Week party at Soho’s 446 Broadway on Thursday, May 16, at 7:00 p.m., email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participating design teams include:
Lindsey Adelman x Nancy Callan
Brad Ascalon x Naula Workshop
Kevin Michael Burns x Adam Pellecchia
Colleen and Eric x Leo Hubbard x Benjamin Cameron
Dana D’Amico x KWH
e13 x Danis Sie x Chiara Tiara x Zach Klein x Ike Edeani
Egg Collective x Hangar Design Studios
Allison Goding x Jerry Nance
Grain x Emilie Baltz
Stéphane Hubert Design x Sean Brewer
Asher Israelow x Wyn Bauer
Ladies & Gentlemen Studio x Nicholas Nyland
smck studio x d’emploi
Daniel Moyer x FilzFelt x submaterial
Brendan Mullins x Kreh Mellick
Marius Myking x Vidar Koksvik
RUX x Stickbulb x David G. Flatt Ltd.
Scout Regalia x Reunion
Sit and Read x Noah Lambert
Souda x Sure We Can
Jonah Takagi x Mark Supik & Co.
Token x Uhuru
UM Project x Baggu
VOLK x Dressed in Yellow