Parsons at New York City Design Week

Parsons School of Design was an active participant this year during the first annual NYCxDESIGN, a citywide celebration of design of all stripes. Happening concurrently with the third annual Parsons Festival, Parsons students and faculty took part in installations, exhibitions and other events. Above, find photos from the Wasteless design competition with Poltrona Frau, the Water Cycle student design workshop at WantedDesign, as well as a student installation at WantedDesign that explored paper as a material for the built environment, and a student work featured at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in a Danish design installation.

In the third collaboration between Poltrona Frau and Parsons, students in the BFA Product Design program were challenged to transform factory remnants from Poltrona Frau, the world’s leading producer of luxury home furnishings, into beautiful functional pieces as part of a Zero Waste design competition. “Picnique,” by Jenny Hsu, a charming woven case for meals on the go that doubles as a luxurious leather placemat, was named the overall winner. Photo by Jessica Miller.

Also part of the Parsons-Poltrona Frau “Wasteless” competition, these leather candleholders by Benjamin Billick were one of two runners up. All three students will travel to Italy this summer to visit the Poltrona Frau factory and work on prototypes of their designs. Photo by Jessica Miller.

The installation was constructed of recycled fiberboard manufactured by Homasote, which sponsored the project. Entitled “X Design,” the modular installation is composed of layers of Homasote joined together in "X" formation with steel rods. Photo by Martin Seck.

At WantedDesign, Parsons students created an experimental installation that explored paper as a material for the built environment. Led by architects Moorhead & Moorhead, students developed the project in a cross-disciplinary studio at the School of Constructed Environments. Photo by Martin Seck.

Parsons students joined colleagues from design schools around the world at WantedDesign for a workshop that unfolded in real-time at an event called Water Cycle. Students investigated products and systems that address the use of water in major urban centers. Here, team Cubic Water, led by Caroline Perez Aleman, a student in the BBA Strategic Design and Management program, present their ideas to a panel of experts during a mid-workshop process review. Photo by WantedDesign.

Cindy Allen, editor-in-chief of Interior Design magazine, led a panel of industry experts who reviewed the final designs by the students, who represented Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA), ENSCI les ateliers (Paris, France), CENTRO Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico) and ENSAAMA Olivier de Serres (Paris, France), in addition to Parsons. Each team included a student from each of the schools, and in the end all were recognized for their work by the judges. Photo by WantedDesign.

This chair, by Parsons student Rob Bezrutczyk, was exhibited during the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. It was included in an exhibit by the Danish Institute for Study Abroad, where Bezutczyk participated in an intensive seven-week furniture design course last summer. Photo by Danish Institute for Study Abroad.