Though New York Design Week has mostly wrapped up, there is still some nice work to be seen in longer running shows around town. One of these is Lost & Found, curated by Anna Cosentino at Spring Design & Art in DUMBO, running through July 31st.
The show asks 13 artists and designers to interpret the Lost & Found theme through new or existing work. The result is a range of objects that reflect, among other things, humour, narrative, luxury, comfort and usefulness. For example, Peter Cole responded with a collection of sculptures that transform toy horses into distinct characters through a careful accrual of appendages and costuming made from other found objects. Angel Chang, a fashion designer, worked with a thermochromic ink manufacturer to obscure a map of downtown Manhattan with heat-sensitive orange ink. This map is then revealed in small bits and pieces through the actions of the wearer of the garment.
Other pieces include: I Live Here by Steve Butcher, a set of photographs documenting ways that Yucatan locals mark paths in long stretches of jungle using discarded packaging; Made Out of New York by Gregoire Abrial, a series of furniture pieces made from scavenged material from the streets of different New York neighborhoods and marked with a location ratio; and Bread Sole Shoes by Stijn Ossevoort, a pair of shoes that leave a trail of bread crumbs, functioning as an example of what the designer calls "Placebo Design," an object that is designed to make the user feel psychologically secure over providing a distinct function. Pictured above are Bookscapes by Katya Marritz and L'il Hankie by Peter Cole .