New York City’s May 2021 NYCxDesign calendar still consisted mostly of virtual events as we continue to move beyond the worst of the pandemic. There were a few on-site events that did manage to run successfully. One furniture design exhibition taking advantage of an outdoor location was Inside~Out in the Garden.
Curated by Brooklyn-based design studio Kin & Company, the exhibition spanned the garden and interior spaces of the Saint Marks place residential development sales offices in Boerum Hill. The majority of the work from the 20+ designers and studios consisted of outdoor furniture and accessories. This an obvious reflection of the desire for people to spend more time outdoors.
Inside Out’s curation included a good range of styles, materials and shapes across the pieces. Much of the work straddled the line between pure design object and practical product. It was a welcome change to view the work in a garden setting instead of a sterile white interior space. Hopefully this also makes it easier to get a sense of scale from the photos. It’s always a lot more challenging with a white wall/grey floor background, the default of many design shows.
Photos and Text: Dave Pinter