If you're in New York this Thursday, The New School is hosting a free panel discussion comparing the cultural differences and similarities between managing a design practice in New York and Paris.
This panel discussion will bring together four significant mid career product design studios, two based in Paris and two based in New York City. Each studio is known for meaningful and extraordinarily well crafted and detailed products, small firms who from a distance create things that may look everyday, but upon examination communicate subtle intelligence and uncommon sensitivity to our daily experience.
Paris and New York share histories of liberty, luxury, poverty, immigration, and national identity. Through the lens of their respective metropolis, the panelists will explore cultural difference and likeness through a series of questions on themes including the modernist promise, the disappearing middle class, future thinking and daily practice.
Jean-Francois Dingjian + Eloi Chafai (Normal Studio)
Francois Azambourg (Francois Azambourg Works)
Sigi Moeslinger + Masamichi Udagawa (Antenna Design)
Jeff Miller (Jeff Miller Design)
Moderator: Rama Chorpash (director of Product Design, Parsons The New School for Design)
Design Interpreter: Laetitia Wolff (Future Flair)
Quotidian Product: Paris-New York, A Panel Discussion
Thursday Nov. 18th. 6-8pm
Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building
65 West 11th Street, 5th floor
(enter at 66 West 12th Street)
Admission: free (Seating is limited)
As a perfect primer, checkout Parisian designer Vahram's "Paris versus New York, a tally of two cities" series that did the rounds last month.