April 25, 2022
Future100: Four Students Design to Build Community
For Kalavagunta and Mary Claire Moravits, an undergraduate interior design student at the University of Texas at Austin, materiality is a part of making visitors feel valued and welcome while creating a sense of calm and joy. Moravits’ Akachochin outdoor eating concept looks to Japan’s izakaya street food culture to create an environment that would feel both informal and special for guests of all ages. The concept uses light and dark Japanese pine for 20 outdoor seating islands and brings in a burst of color with 24 voluminous immersive red nylon lanterns. For the Shosh Center for Afghan Refugees, Kalavagunta integrates wood in canopies and latticed screens throughout the space, in an homage to Afghani wood-carving craft traditions, to create different open programmatic spaces.
The students’ designs also recognize that diverse communities have diverse needs. These students are designing with consideration of nuanced experiences across race, gender, age, sexuality, and neurological as well as physical diversity. For the proposed ABA Autism Center, Sombre Carleton, an interior design undergraduate student at Kent State University, introduced a central Gross Motor room activity zone to build bonding and belonging between young people by designing around the six senses (with research in autism including interoception and body awareness as an additional sense) and organizing different forms of play across the scale of gross motor skills. Carleton says, “I’m asking myself how architecture can serve people and designing around not just what’s trendy but what communities actually need.”
Maison & Objet Celebrates Independent Talent Navigating the New “Meta-Sensitive” World
For its second 2022 showing, the major Parisian trade show was awash in bold colors, playful patterns, and seamless digital integration.
A Dramatic Sports Complex Takes Form in France
Espace Mayenne’s curvilinear geometry belies a sports and arts venue that shapeshifts to fill a new community’s needs.
Paris Design Week Put Purpose-Driven Newcomers Front and Center
From established brands and galleries to emerging talents, the city-wide event brought together French and international exhibitors with new perspectives on the design industry.