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Still Time To Join The Autodesk: Intro To Cloud Based Design Workshop With DesignX At ICFF

Don't miss out on your chance to get the inside scoop on the future of digital design workflows at the Autodesk: Intro To Cloud Based Design workshop happening this afternoon at ICFF. The era of cloud-based design is upon us, making it possible to access data from anywhere, at any time, and on any platform. This hands-on lab will introduce designers to a typical Autodesk Fusion 360 workflow, including importing 2D sketches and reference material to develop a design using T-Spline modeling strategies. There's still time, so head on down to the Javits center and sign up for the seminar, which begins at 2:30p.m. today.
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Featured DesignX Workshop> Skylar Tibbits To Present 4D Printing & Bio-Molecular Self Assembly

designx_4d_01 DesignX presenter Skylar Tibbits, the founder of SJET, Director of Self Assembly Lab, and Senior TED Fellow, will host a hands-on lab introducing interior designers and architects to the future of additive manufacturing and programmable matter. Discover how matter programmers design materials to self-assemble when exposed to the elements. Additional topics include 4D printing and how 3D printing technology is changing. Tibbits will utilize self-assembling structures to touch base on what these changes mean for design practices. The workshop takes place on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM and offers 1 AIA CEU. Registration is available online.
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designx_rhino_02 Interested in learning how to build parametric design models using Grasshopper for Rhino3D? DesignX, in conjunction with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, is offering a workshop on Monday, May 20, 2013 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM that focuses on fundamental concepts and mechanisms with an emphasis on professional practice. Instructors Ronnie Parsons and Gil Akos will help participants understand pertinent applications of parametric design and will demonstrate how to use Grasshopper in creative practices. Interiors, architects, and anyone seeking to find out what parametric design is and when it is useful can register and attend. The workshop fulfills two AIA CEUs.
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Featured DesignX Workshop: Intro to Cloud-Based Design with Autodesk 360

designx_cloud_01 Take advantage of a valuable course at the inaugural DesignX, hosted by the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, and learn about Autodesk 360. Discover how the program takes software capabilities beyond the desktop and allows users to access information anywhere, anytime, and on several platforms. The comprehensive cloud-based design structure offers tools and services that simplify work and has the ability to scale up or down to meet business requirements. Anyone interested in learning about cloud-based design tools and services are encouraged to participate in the workshop on Monday, May 20 from 2:30 to 3:30 PM. Reserve your space here and check out other workshops online. This course offers 1 AIA CEU and is taught by Roger Liucci.
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Get AIA CES Credits At Designx/Francis Bitoni Workshop

NYCxDesignJoin us for four days of hands-on digital design and fabrication workshops and at DesignX, hosted by the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, and earn your AIA CES credits! From May 18-21, you can join the industry’s leading experts at the Jacob Javits Center to get your hands dirty with the latest in web-based design apps, parametric design, and interactive modeling services. Stop by Saturday to get the lowdown on 3D printed fabrics from Francis Bitoni, the man behind Dita Von Teese’s miraculously printed gown. Learn how 3D printing is transforming the textile and fashion industries, and get started with the fundamentals of Rhino3D—the world’s leading modeling software. The workshop will cover the basics for creating your design, manipulating geometries, and preparing your textile model for 3D printing. Visit to reserve your space now, and for more information of the workshops and events.
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Digital Design Focus at ICFF


Experts in digital design will lead four days of workshops and dialog at ICFF.

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is expanding its program offerings with DesignX, its first ever series of digital design and fabrication training workshops conducted by leading experts in field. The four days of educational sessions will cover digital tools, cloud-based apps, 3D printing, and other related topics. Three-dimensional printing-related courses include Introduction to 3D Printing for Designers; Introduction to 3D Printing Marketplaces; Hands-On Desktop Prototyping for Designers; and 3D Printed Fabrics: Modeling Interlocking Elements with Rhino 3D. Workshops on digital design software and platforms include Introduction to Physical Computing for Designers; Introduction to Cloud-based Applications for Designers; Introduction to Cloud-based Design Platforms; Generative Design Apps: Product Customization Through the Web; Interactive Modeling: Responsive Design with Firefly; Parametric Design: Visual Programming with Grasshopper; Designing in the Cloud: Intuitive Modeling with Fusion360; Designing for Production: Integrated Fabrication with 123D Make; and Real Time Project Visualization with Showcase. Noted luminaries in the digital design field will conduct each of the seminars. Senior TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits will present Matter Programmers: 4D Printing & Bio-molecular Self Assembly. Jesse Rosenberg and Jessica Rosenkrantz of Nervous System will present seminars on 3D-printing and guide participants through the fabrication of a custom accessory with the firm's proprietary apps. Ronnie Parsons and Gil Akos of Mode Lab will help attendees navigate the sea of parametric design tools, from Grasshopper to Fusion360. Andrew Baccon and Erik Tietz will lead the Designing for Production discussion and show designers how to navigate their new web-based service, MachineMade. Andrew Payne of Firefly will walk designers through the platform's interactive modeling services, and Francis Bitoni will connect themes at Modeling Interlocking Elements with Rhino3D. For more information or to reserve your space at any of the workshops, visit
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3D Printing Guru Skylar Tibbits To Lead DesignX Workshop at ICFF, May 21

It's not science fiction. One day, buildings may build themselves. Enter the world of Senior TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits, where "matter programmers" design the characteristics of materials that self-assemble when exposed to air, water, or temperature changes. Join Tibbits on May 21 at a DesignX ICFF workshop for a hands-on lab that will introduce designers to the future of additive manufacturing and programmable matter.
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Sail Away: The Granoff Collection


Goetz Composites fabricated the Granoff Collection of modular furniture for a new Diller, Scofidio + Renfro-designed building at Brown University.

Brown University’s Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, completed by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro in 2010, was a direct result of the institution’s studies on how students and faculty interact today. Since most interdisciplinary exchanges were taking place in stairwells over classrooms, the architects designed a central escalier with five landings where the school’s population could meet among rotating student installations. One year after the building opened, the users realized that something was missing on the escalier: a place to sit. To rectify the situation, graduate students from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) collaborated with Brown alumni to design a unique collection of furniture named for the building’s patrons, Perry and Marty Granoff. The alumni designers—Taylor McKenzie-Veal, Scot Bailey, Ian Stell, and Yumi Yoshida—crafted a line of modular furniture that includes a sofa, a chair, and a table that doubles as a stool. The line caters to local industry in materiality; namely the state’s maritime history. “The boating and composite expertise in Rhode Island has a long-standing history of excellence and [we] consulted and collaborated with a local composites and engineering firm while developing and prototyping the design,” said McKenzie-Veal.
  • Fabricators Goetz Composites
  • Designers Taylor McKenzie-Veal, Scot Bailey, Ian Stell, and Yumi Yoshida
  • Location Providence, Rhode Island
  • Date of Completion February 2013
  • Material MDF, fiber reinforced plastic, linear polyurethane
  • Process Rhino, CNC mill
Bristol, Rhode Island-based Goetz Composites worked to realize the designers’ vision for a flexible line of furniture that could be used in various configurations. The sofa, for example, is constructed from a large corner section, a small corner section, and a small center section that can be pulled apart and put together in whatever way the user wishes. “The designers had a very specific look in mind, both in texture and color,” said Chase Hogoboom, president of Goetz Composites. “A lot of time and effort was spent working with the designers to develop the [fabrication] process and achieve the results they were looking for.” To develop a prototype, the design team gave Hogoboom three-dimensional Rhino files outlining each section’s shape and dimensions. The fabricator used RhinoCAM to program the form and a CNC mill to cut medium density fiberboard to the exact shape specified by the designers’ files. “There were very strict requirements for the radius of the edges,” said Hogoboom. Additionally, the design schematic called for two A surfaces, so the front and back of the sofa had to be identical. Once the designers approved the prototype, the fabricators used a custom CNC-cut tool to make the shells of the furniture sections from fiber reinforced plastic (FRP). “The furniture was built for an institutional environment, so it needs to withstand heavy use from students, staff, and visitors,” explained Hogoboom. “Based on the profile of the pieces, it had to be low and streamlined, and we were able to achieve that through the materials we used.” Once the FRP was cut, the fabricator wet sanded—with 1,200 grit—and buffed the sections. Linear polyurethane—air craft-quality paint—was applied in crayon-inspired hues and the sections were bolted into metal frames with integrated cleats. The series is finished off with bright cushions from local upholsterer AJ Read. The sofa is currently on display in Milan as part of the exhibition, Risk and Certainty in Uncertain Times, curated by RISD president John Maeda, and will travel to the States for New York’s Design Week in May.
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AN’s DesignX Workshops To Push Forefront of Digital Design

designX Since we began ten years ago, The Architect's Newspaper has been at the forefront of cutting-edge design trends. Over the past several years, we've given extensive attention to the growing field of digital design and fabrication. In addition, AN's Editor-in-Chief William Menking called for New York City to embrace its architecture and design potential, last year penning two editorials on the subject. This year, AN is partnering with Mode Collective to create designX, which will launch in New York at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair's (ICFF) Material Makers' workshops. Topics will include parametric design, digital fabrication, and web-based design apps.
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ICFF: Editors’ Finds From the Floor

New York's Design Week 2012 might be over, but the abundance of furniture displayed in private lofts, showrooms, and on the vast floor of the Javits Center at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is still fresh in our minds. Between handing out hundreds of copies of the newspaper at our booth, AN's editors combed the floor at ICFF and selected an array of products that caught our eyes from chairs, to rugs, to lighting and more. Designed by by Studio Bouroullec, the Losanges collection (top) for Nanimarquina reinterprets Persian rugs using traditional kilim weaving. Pakistani artisans weave 13 colors into a complex rhombus shape with a notched edge reflecting the geometric pattern. BluDot's new Grotto sofa (above) is ideally scaled for compact urban apartments. Just larger than a love seat, the sofa has a rigid frame with comfortable, slightly slouchy cushions. The sofa's striking frame provides a tectonic contrast to the upholstery as robust dowels are help together by an elegant steel frame. The Skyline Planter by Phase design cleverly frames the plants it holds, creating an intriguing tension between the organic and the geometric. The concise architectural lines would lend contemporary elegance to terraces and gardens alike. Designed by Philippe Stark the Broom chair for Emeco is made of recycled plastic, typically used for decking, to make a strong but light weight stackable chairs, with a pleasing, tactile finish. After following the Parsons/Carnegie/Moorhead crew's race to design their booth with Xorel fabric wallcovering, it was great to see the finished product. Particularly striking was the interior of the origami-like structure, which stood without support of booth walls. Of the many robust materials found in the Groundwork's booth, none was more impressive than the marble slabs atop a utilitarian steel base with industrial wheels, but even more impressive is that they were salvaged during the restoration of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Lindsey Adelman always makes an impressive showing at ICFF, but this year the lighting designer went all out by bringing the assembly process into the booth. Several of the firm's artisans toiled in a makeshift "factory," crafting all sorts of light fixtures.  It was nice to see that Adelman saved a few product introductions for the New York audience—take that Milan! Lindsey Adelman's Marina Ceiling Medallion would look great overhead in any room, but at ICFF it also made a striking impression installed on a wall. The organic lines radiating out from the light fixture recall the facets of a sea fan or coral while the central shade  brings to mind a limpet shell. Dutch wallpaper company NLXL debuted their new collection, "Concrete" by Piet Boon, a designer from the Netherlands. This wallpaper provides a non-sweater-snagging alternative to rough material. Italian manufacturer Bisazza hit a grand-slam with a bath collection by Marcel Wanders, of Droog and Moooi fame. The collection melds the past and present into a fantastical landscape of literal references and exaggerated ornament. Stark, white bar-of-soap-shaped basins and tubs float gracefully in contrast with baroque furniture in the background. The inspiration? "The original concept for the collection came from a fantasy I had of taking a bath in a bar of soap. The ultimate clean!" according to a statement from Wanders. Seattle-based Graypants makes light fixtures out of cardboard, repurposing the dull packaging material into luminous orbs by stacking laser-cut rings. The corrugated cardboard is cut at many different angles, creating variation in visual effect as light shines through. Architect Antonio Citterio's Repos and Grand Repos chairs for Vitra bring the swagger of the Mad Men era firmly into the present day. The chair's back and seat operate independently of one another and are responsive to weight, providing a very comfortable experience in which to sit back and enjoy a martini. Vancouver-based Molo Design has become famous for its structural paper creations in its "soft" collection of partitions, but the firm has also previously ventured into the architectural world of glass and steel. At ICFF, Molo stacked layers of vibrant blue paper expanded to create a foot-thick wall of honeycombed paper in which to enshroud its equally delicate Cloud Softlight pendant fixture. Eric Pfeiffer's Plank Collection for Council offers a clean, modern alternative to the adirondack chair. Available as a lounger or stackable side chair, the chair is defined appropriately by a clean, curved seat of pine planks bound together by a thin metal frame. Texas-based furniture designer Peter Glassford has transformed recycling into a art. He uses scraps from the furniture-making process to create richly-textured custom wall installations. The green and natural wall on display at ICFF shows just how appealingly tactile trash can become. Another winner is Kohler's collaboration with Jonathan Adler, displayed in a bright shipping container with one side propped open and boldly proclaiming, "We Love Color." The booth attracted crowds with its highlighter-yellow bathtub sofas offering snacks and phone chargers for weary ICFF-goers. At the heart of the display, though, were Adler's brightly glazed washbasins in a variety of shaped and hues.
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ICFF Walkabout> Foscarini Evolution

Italian lighting design firm Foscarini filled their Greene Street showroom with a dynamic, winding installation called Foscarini Evolution during ICFF week in New York. Artist Marc Sadler composed the installation of individual Tress lamps--made of resin-coated fabric strips--connected end to end. The pulsing red strands created a distinctly interactive experience. "The installation shows how light can convey emotion and form space," said Veronica Carniello of Foscarini. The showroom will now undergo a renovation and open again at the end of the year. Carniello said the company plans to feature rotating installations featuring Foscarini lighting products so the showroom will take on the qualities of an art gallery.