Inside Out

Together (and Apart) by Bjarke Ballisager


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