News for the Week of April 28

Industry News

PANELITE New York is conducting its first warehouse sale May 1–May 3, featuring panels of various sizes—from shelf and table-sized pieces to full scale. The products will be 25 to 50 percent below list price and can be delivered to you by courier for an additional fee.  Sale hours are Thursday, May 1: 6–9 p.m. (cocktail reception and preview); Friday, May 2: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, May 3: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Panelite New York, 315 W. 39th Street, Suite 807; 212.947.8292.

Symposia, Conferences & Trade Shows

May 19
New York City
Material ConneXion’s Andrew Dent and visionary trendspotter and educator Li Edelkoort deliver a pair of lectures on the greening of architecture and design. Dent will discuss the sustainable materials and technologies that are transforming design today; Edelkoort will discuss the new bridges between architecture and lifestyle in the context of green. Tickets are $300 ($30 for students). or

11th Annual SOFA New York Fair
May 29–June 1
New York City
The Sculpture Objects and Functional Art Fair is an international exposition dedicated to bridging the world of design, decorative art, and fine art. Presents works from established and emerging artists in ceramics, glass, metal, wood, and fiber, including pieces by George Nakashima, Jun Kaneko, Peter Voulkos, and Dale Chihuly. Tickets are $25 for a single day; $40 for a three-day pass. Both include catalog.

Applied Brilliance
October 14–16
Sagamore Hotel
Bolton Landing, NY
This annual event for architects and designers promotes creativity and innovation, through an original interdisciplinary approach that reveals critical shifts in cultural trends. It is designed as a non-commercial, powerful collaboration among attendees and world-class thought leaders in identifying the most important emerging trends and issues that affect us professionally and personally. Speakers include Thomas Cahill, author of The Hinge Points of History; Catherine Stellin, youth trends director at Creative Artists Agency; and Robert Thurman, professor of Buddhist studies at Columbia University.

Go See

Illuminating the Medieval Hunt
The Morgan Library & Museum
New York City
Through August 10

The most influential medieval treatise on hunting was Le Livre de la Chasse, written by Gaston Phoebus between 1387 and 1389. Among the 46 surviving manuscripts, two are illustrated with particular lavishness; The Morgan Library & Museum holds one of these and has put it on display along with a dozen other manuscripts that illustrate how the medieval hunt was used as a metaphor in works both sacred and profane.

Worlds Away: The New Suburban Landscape
Walker Art Center
Through August 17

The suburbs have always been a fertile space for imagining the best and the worst of modern social life. “Worlds Away” tours suburbia—real and imagined—through the minds and eyes of forward-thinking artists and architects.


Rhode Island School of Design
Veterans Memorial Auditorium and Rhode Island Convention Center,
Providence, RI
May 17: Collection 2008 (annual runway show presented by RISD’s Apparel Design Department); May 21–June 1: Graduate Thesis Exhibition (painting, sculpture, industrial design, textiles, photography, and nine other disciplines)

The Manhattan Center
311 West 34th Street
New York City
May 6–May 9
On display at this annual juried exhibition of Pratt students: advertising, digital arts, graphic design, illustration, interior design, industrial design, jewelry, and packaging design. Show hours: Tuesday May 6, 9AM-5PM; Wednesday May 7, 9AM-9PM; Thursday May 8, 9AM-1PM.

Kanbar Institute of Film and Television
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
New York City
May 12–May 13
A two-day festival of interactive sight, sound and technology from the student artists and innovators at ITP. Show hours: 5-9PM daily.

Parsons The New School for Design
BFA Integrated Design Curriculum Exhibition
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street
New York City
On view through May 2
This self-directed interdisciplinary degree program gives students the opportunity to integrate studies in the various areas of art and design practice offered at Parsons.

BFA Communication Design and Technology Thesis Exhibition
Chelsea Art Museum
556 West 22nd Street
New York City
Opening Reception: May 14, 6-8 PM; on view through May 24
Parsons Communication Design and Design + Technology BFA programs explore all forms of media, from marketing, video and spatial graphics to game design, digital filmmaking, animation, and technology-enabled environments.

A Good Life: Parsons BFA Product Design Thesis Exhibition
Felissimo Design House
10 West 56th Street
New York City
Opening Reception: May 16, 7-10 PM; on view through May 25
Now in its fifth year, A Good Life partners graduating students in Parsons BFA Product Design program with nonprofit organizations to create thesis works that address social issues.

MFA Design and Technology Thesis Exhibition
Chelsea Art Museum
556 West 22nd Street
New York City
Opening Reception: May 30, 6-8 PM; through June 7
The MFA in Design and Technology is an intense and rigorous program in which students explore the design implications of emerging technologies and the evolving connections between technology, design, and the human experience.

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MFA Graduate Exhibition 2008
Various galleries
Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA
May 31–June 7
MFA candidates from the Valencia, CA–based art school will for the first time hold their graduating exhibition, “We Want a New Object,” in the art galleries of Los Angeles’s Chinatown. With work by students in photography, art, graphic design, and integrated media.

University of Art and Design Helsinki
Masters of Arts Festival
Helsinki, Finland
Opening reception: May 6, 6-8 PM; on view through May 25
In addition to exhibiting works by MA degree students, this festival will include seminars, discussions, parties, clubs, movies, and a mini exhibition in the
Esplanadi Park of Helsinki.


Mohawk Show 9
Deadline: May 31
Designers are invited to submit work printed on Mohawk paper to compete for five best-of-show awards of $5,000 each (including one in the “Small Studio, Big Design Award” category, which recognizes design excellence in studios with five or fewer people). There is no entry fee and no limit to the number of entries per individual or organization. Entry forms at

Winterhouse Awards for Design Writing and Criticism
Deadline: June 2
The Winterhouse Writing Awards seek to increase the understanding and appreciation of design, both within the profession and throughout American life. The award of $10,000, for a body of work by a writer under the age of 40, is open to critics, designers, educators, historians, journalists, and scholars who are U.S. citizens or full-time residents for at least three years. An education award of $1,000 is open to students (high school, undergraduate, or graduate) whose writing demonstrates extraordinary originality and promise. 2008 Jurors are Jessica Helfand, Michael Bierut, Kevin Lippert, and Judith Thurman. For information and applications:

Design 21: Social Design Network and Millennium Promise Challenge to Fight Poverty
Deadline: June 17
Social Design Network invites designers to create a web-based media campaign that reaches as many people as possible to raise awareness of the eight Millennium Development Goals, from eradicating extreme hunger and poverty to reducing child mortality to developing a global partnership for development. The winning design will receive $5,000; another $5,000 will be divided among jury and people’s choice prizes. Official rules and background on Millennium Promise and the Millennium Development Goals can be found on