Each spring, the MFA Graduate Foundations Core Design Studio course at Pratt Institute, Department of Interior Design, asks students to draw inspiration from Isamu Noguchi’s work.
The students explored the retail sales experience at the Museum through the design of a new Noguchi Showroom. The project deployed a design language derived from analyses of Noguchi’s work which permeated the existing site and defined partitions, display fixtures, lighting, furniture, surfaces, and finishes—with a focus on sustainable materials—to promote the sales of Akari Light Sculptures, books, and gifts from the Noguchi collection. The results informed flexible retail and cafe space which included event seating, storage, office/meeting space, and restrooms, also with an emphasis in lighting, materials, surfaces, and finishes.
These associated programs are adjacently located in Isamu Noguchi’s 10th Street studio, across the street from the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, Queens, and parallel the Museum’s current design expansion explorations which celebrate the Akari Light Sculptures. Museum Director Brett Littman and Facilities Director George Juergens (a Pratt graduate) worked closely with the students, presented an in-depth history of Isamu Noguchi and the Foundation and Museum, participated in milestone reviews, and finally selected two winners and two finalists.
We ask as students, as educators, and as practitioners: How can design foster a dialogue between the acts of making, supporting, and commodifying?
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Brita Everett, Sheryl Kasak, David Ling, Tetsu Ohara, and Suzanne Song