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City Modern Festival to explore modern design across NYC
Sep 19, 2013

Organized by New York Magazine and Dwell for the second year, City Modern (September 27 – October 4) is a week long festival that celebrates New York’s modern design with tours of the city’s most coveted interiors and talks from some of the most well renowned industry professionals.
The events kick off on Friday, September 27, at 7:00 p.m. when guests are invited to “Meet the Architects” whose recent residential projects will be featured as part of the City Modern Home Tours later in the week.
City Modern Festival to explore modern design across NYC
Christopher Leong, Mark Kroeckel, Dror Benshetrit, and Kelsey Keith from the CITY MODERN 2012 Designing for Retail Spaces panel discussion. Photograph: Neilson Barnard, Getty Images.
Participating architects include Peter Guzy of Asfour Guzy; Joe Tanney of Resolution: 4 Architecture; architect-design duo David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas; the artist’s architect Christian Hubert; rising star Matthew Bremer of Architecture information; Jeff Kovel of Oregon-based Skylab Architecture; and Brooklyn-based architects Clay Miller of Bergen Street Studio; James Cleary of Leone Design Studio; and Ben Hansen.
A retail salon showcasing the finest designers and artisans east of the Gowanus Canal will be curated by New York Magazine and Dwell editors, along with MADE: In New York founder Melanie Courbet. Open throughout the week, the retail experience presents exclusive pieces by local luminaries including Bec Brittain, Anna Karlin, Ted Muehling & E.R. Butler, Egg Collective, Fort Standard, Sebastian Errazuriz, Trove and Maker Made.
City Modern Festival to explore modern design across NYC
Francis D'Haene's 1980's inspired exhibit at the CITY MODERN 2012 opening night reception. Photograph: Neilson Barnard, Getty Images.
Here’s a look at the rest of the week’s schedule:
Manhattan Home Tours: Saturday, September 28—10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Embark on a self-guided tour of five modern homes in downtown Manhattan. Afterwards, Manhattan home tour ticket holders are invited back to Axor NYC for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and to explore Axor collections with Philippe Starck.
Brooklyn Home Tours: Sunday, September 29—10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Embark on a self-guided tour of five modern homes in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill neighborhood.
City Modern Festival to explore modern design across NYC
Photograph: Eric Laignel
Discussion with MoMA’s Paoloa Antonelli: Tuesday, October 1—6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
MoMA’s Paola Antonelli will chat with her peers including Pentagram’s Michael Beirut, architect Deborah Berke and architecture critic Justin Davidson about "What Design Can Do For New York City,” at the NeueHouse. Antonelli, senior curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA, will take attendees through what design can do for the city going forward. Wendy Goodman, New York magazine design editor will moderate, and a reception will follow the discussion.
David Rockwell & The Creatives: Wednesday, October 2—6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
A cross-disciplinary discussion with David Rockwell, the architect behind the celebrated new workspace NeueHouse, fashion designer Isabel Toledo, artist and illustrator Ruben Toledo, and Broadway producer Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots) will be moderated by Goodman and explore the infusion of architecture into New York’s creative industries. A reception will follow the discussion.
The Apprentice: Furniture Making, with Thos. Moser: Thursday, October 3—12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
This panel discussion featuring Thos. Moser designer Adam Rogers, the emerging designers, and a Dwell editor will examine the importance of melding craftsmanship into the age of high-tech design. The “apprentices” will share their experiences, and using their own pieces, describe their appreciation for the Thos. Moser approach.
Creativity and Constraint with Jonathan Adler: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Designer Jonathan Adler and his sister, copyright attorney Amy Adler, discuss the intersection between design authorship and design inspiration, and what exactly authentic design means.
City Modern Festival to explore modern design across NYC
Photograph: Francesca Giovanelli
My Ideal City: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The first crowd designed and crowd funded city is being created through Prodigy Network's interactive urban planning platform, My Ideal City/ Mi Ciudad Ideal. The My Ideal City project addresses urbanization and global population growth, posing the question, "What does your ideal city look like?" Explore these principles with its founders, architect Winka Dubbeldam of Archi-Tectonics; co-founder of PSFK, Piers Fawkes; urbanist Gary Hack; and CEO of Prodigy Network, Rodrigo Nino.
Walking the Line with Neil Denari: Friday, October 4—6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Join Dwell editor in chief Amanda Dameron and Goodman in conversation with Neil Denari about HL23, the architect's incredible residential tower hovering above the High Line and featured on Dwell's October 2013 cover. The trio will explore the structure's significance in the ever-evolving west Chelsea arts district, sharing images and behind-the-scenes design ideas revealed in a breathtaking modern apartment located inside the building.
Tickets are for sale online, and additional information on each of the events is also available. By purchasing tickets to either of the Home Tours, attendee’s names will automatically be on the guest list at the door to the Meet The Architects event.

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