After years of leading design conversations on the West Coast, Dwell is teaming up with New York magazine to do the same for Brooklyn and Manhattan. Good news New Yorkers!
From Friday, Sept. 27 through Saturday, Oct. 4, the two design-intensive books are hosting their second annual series of panel discussions and home tours in New York, Dwell‘s new hometown.
The new City Modern is an ambitious week of architecture-driven events.
The great novelty is, Wendy Goodman, design editor at New York says: “If you want to be informed about what’s going on in New York City, you’ll want to be there,” You’ll see the creative designers and thinkers – the ones who are making it better and more interesting.”
A fresh wave of design inspiration comes from the West Coast all the way to the East Coast.
“The sheer power of the collaboration sets us apart,” says Amanda Dameron, editor-in-chief at Dwell. “New York magazine hasn’t partnered with anyone since 1972, when it teamed up with MS magazine.” Which makes this an even more promising situation, probabily will we have Dwell Fair in New York?? Who knows…
The whole week will be all about stimulating thought and talk about design and architecture, based on what readers say they want.
“I pay close attention to the feedback that comes to me at Dwell, from the letters to the editor to all the social media channels,” Dameron says.
Topics like intellectual property, workspace evolution and authentic design strike a nerve with Dwell‘s readers, as well as with New York‘s. City Modern will offer a number of perspectives.
This year, the magazines will host six panel discussions – and tours of five homes in Manhattan and five Brooklyn.
City Modern kicks off with a “Meet the Architects” event on Friday, Sept. 27 at Design within Reach in Soho, where ticket holders can get a sneak peek of homes on the tour, and meet the designers themselves. Its lineup includes David Hotson Architect, Architecture in Formation, Leone Design Studio, Asfour Guzy Architects, Resolution: 4 Architecture, James Cleary Architecture, Skylab Architects, Christian Hubert Studio, Bergen Street Studio and Ben Hansen Architect.
“There’s something for everyone in both boroughs, but some are more over-the-top than others,” says Dwell‘s director of communications, Alexandra Polier. “One has a swimming pool on the second floor that you can see through from the first floor. It’s in a six-story mansion on Lafayette Street, but then there’s a Brooklyn Studio for a modern artist too.” Sneak a peak on this one:
The series of events has been designed for universal appeal, New York‘s Goodman says. “We want to raise awareness about the power of design and how it affects every single citizen,” she says. “It’s not just for a certain class, but for residences, offices and subways too.”
“When we talk about things that affect all these people, it resonates,” Dwell‘s Dameron says.
And that’s what good design – and good magazines – are meant to do.
For more information, go to http://www.citymodernnyc.com/