2018 FURNISHING UTOPIA: HANDS TO WORK
MAY 19 - MAY 22 2018
For the 3rd Furnishing Utopia exhibit, the collective opened up a dialogue between designers and viewers to explore the virtues of focused work and cleanliness that the Shakers regarded as a path to enlightenment.
The theme of chores, conventionally understood as tedious, burdensome work to be avoided, reexamines our concepts of these activities and the tools related to them, proposing a renewed sense of engagement between humans, objects and their environment in the pursuit of a more virtuous way of living through ritualizing the mundane, with the potential for clearing one’s mind, connecting with one’s body and confronting the indifference of the natural world.
The 3rd collection included 50+ new objects from 26 international designers.
Hands to Work is curated by Studio Gorm, Christopher Specce and Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, with overall creative direction by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio. Additional support is provided by the Norwegian Consulate General New York.
2017 FURNISHING UTOPIA: SHAKER INFLUENCE NOW
MAY 20 - MAY 24 2017
The Furnishing Utopia collection exhibited at Design Within Reach Studio in SoHo.
Exhibited 50+ design objects from 14 design studios'. Participating designers were Studio Gorm, Ladies & Gentlemen studio, Chris Specce, Darin Montgomery, Norm Architects, Gabriel Tan, Hallgeir Homstvedt, Studio Tolvanen, Jonah Takagi, Tom Bonamici, Anderssen & Voll, Vera & Kyte, Zoe Mowat, Bertjan Pot.
New York, NY
STOCKHOLM FURNITURE & LIGHTING FAIR
FEB 7 - FEB 11 2017
The Furnishing Utopia collection exhibited at the Stockholm Furniture & Lighting Fair.
Exhibited 40+ pieces from 14 design studios' work from previous & new designs. Participating designers w Studio Gorm, Ladies & Gentlemen studio, Chris Specce, Darin Montgomery, Norm Architects, Gabriel Tan, Hallgeir Homstvedt, Studio Tolvanen, Jonah Takagi, Tom Bonamici, Anderssen & Voll, Vera & Kyte, Zoe Mowat, Bertjan Pot.
FURNISHING UTOPIA AT HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE
SEP 4 - NOV 6 2016
The Furnishing Utopia collection exhibited in context at the Brick Dwelling at Hancock Shaker Village.
Hancock Shaker Village (hancockshakervillage.org)
ADDRESS: 1843 West Housatonic St. Pittsfield MA, 01201
Exhibit at Luminaire’s showroom during 2016 NeoCon. The collection received positive reviews by established designers such as Patricia Urquiola and Patrizia Moroso — describing the project as “the future of American design.”
DEBUT LAUNCH / OFFSITE NY DESIGN WEEK
OFFSITE is a curated design exhibition taking place during New York’s Design Week welcoming nearly 7,500 visitors from all around the world. The debut collection featured 33 pieces from 11 studios with original Shaker artifacts shown alongside.
New York, New York