Furniture designer Tamara Petrovic is one half of 0 TO 1—a studio that she and architect Garner Oh founded in 2009—but she presides over their showing for NY Design Week at Con Artist NYC. Called Industrial + Industrial, the exhibition is the result of a project to create design objects from the remnants of industrial manufacturing.
Petrovic came up with many clever design solutions by making simple alterations to materials like felt, cork and cardboard. Fruit Play is a fruit plate made from a thick slab of cork with holes cut out in different sizes. Bright fruit not only looks great in contrast with the natural brown cork, but the softness of the material and the size of the holes ensure that the fruit makes minimal contact with the container, "extending fruit shelf life and staging each piece openly."
Snowflakes is a series of trivets and coasters made by stringing felt balls together in a circle. Flowers also repurposes wool felt, this time into a set of hairpins, but the real standouts are Cylinder 14 and Cylinder 16, two chairs made from recycled cardboard cores that were once used as rolls to wrap fabric or packaging materials. The challenge here was to "reuse the material and reveal its intrinsic beauty."
The chairs and ottomans range from $400 - $2,200, depending on whether you opt for for the raw, untreated cardboard and speckled gray industrial wool felt, or the higher end version which uses softer, better quality wool and cardboard that's been sanded and treated with a special paint that includes paprika (it sounds weird but it works). The chairs are soft and extremely comfy and can even be customized to fit your personal back support needs.
Industrial + Industrial is currently on view, but the official reception is Sunday, May 20, 5-7pm at 157 Suffolk Street. RSVP required (email@example.com).