Posts from the ‘New York’ Category
April 10, 2013
Last night I had the privilege of visiting the New York City 9/11 Memorial site with the Designers’ Lighting Forum of New York (DLFNY) and the firm that designed the lighting for the memorial, Fisher Marantz Stone. This was my second visit, but my first time seeing the memorial after dark, and the experience was nothing short of awe-inspiring. I won’t go into the design behind the memorial, first, because it’s not my story to tell, and second, because it truly speaks for itself.
I will, however, share some of my photos from the visit, primarily for those of you that don’t live in New York and haven’t had a chance to see it in person. The progress that has been made at the site, and especially at One World Trade Center (center, below photo), is incredible. It is truly a place of peace, quiet, and reflection in the middle of one of the largest cities on the planet, and a fitting memorial to those who were lost on that day more than 11 years ago.
Rooftop Theatre: Lincoln Center’s New Venue, The Claire Tow Theater, and the Opening Production of “Slowgirl”
June 10, 2012
Someone at Lincoln Center knows what they’re doing, and it makes me really happy.
A new theatre in Manhattan has just popped up in the most unlikely of places — on the roof of another theatre! And it’s not just any roof; it’s the roof of the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center, the home of the Lincoln Center Theater and the current production of War Horse, a building originally designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen in 1965. (You may recognize Eero Saarinen’s other prominent works of American architecture such as Washington-Dulles International Airport or the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.)
Designed by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, the new Claire Tow Theater sits lightly atop the monumental Saarinen structure, just barely peeking over the thick concrete roof as it looks down onto the reflecting pool and plaza below. If you weren’t paying attention you’d almost miss it during the day, as its blue-green glass facade and low profile almost make it disappear into the sky vault above. At night, though, the structure glows with light, providing a trim illuminated “cap” to the Beaumont Theater below.
Hallways are usually pretty boring, lifeless places. Think about it: when was the last time you were in an “interesting” or “exciting” hallway? Their whole purpose is to take us from one room to another, so, unfortunately, they aren’t usually paid much attention by the people who design them or the people who walk through them.
But what would happen if a hallway were actually an interesting and exciting place to be? What if it were inviting and beautiful? What if it could react to your presence? What if it could appear different every time you entered it? What if it were a fun place to walk through? What if the hallway were the destination rather than the path to it?
Meet “Cloud,” our interactive light art installation featured at Boffo New York’s Show House on the Lower East Side this past month, which was designed with all of these questions in mind.
Watch this video, which I both edited and starred in (how’d that happen?), to see it in action!
I had a blast working on “Cloud” because it allowed us to challenge the stereotype of a typically boring architectural space and breathe a whole new life into it using light.
This kind of stuff really fascinates me. I’m interested in using light and architecture to create places that engage people both physically and mentally; that get people to notice and interact with their environment instead of merely passing through it. Part of that challenge is to break people’s expectations of reality — to surprise them, to get them to engage with and enjoy the moment, the space, and the people around them — which is getting harder and harder to do nowadays. But, based on all the positive feedback we’ve received about “Cloud,” we must be heading in the right direction!
Now, if only I could convince my landlord to put one of these in my building …
December 18, 2011
There is really only one word to describe New York City at Christmas time: magical.
This will be my second winter in the city but my first to take the time to truly appreciate it. Despite the noise, the people, the traffic, the advertisements, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of this city, I, every so often, come across moments when everything stops … and in that stillness I take a deep breath, silently enjoying the discovery of a part of the city that makes it all worth it.
It’s getting cold outside, but architects Easton+Combs warmed our spirits over at Focus Lighting this week with their striking installation for the final Boffo pop-up shop of the season (featuring the fashions of Ohne Titel).
This is such a beautiful, well-executed space by Easton+Combs that, instead of summarizing our lighting design as I usually do, I’m going to let the work speak for itself. Sometimes I prefer to explore and appreciate things on my own, so I can allow my imagination to run free. The experience of this type of space can really have a different meaning for everyone, so I invite you to enjoy the photos on your own, to see where your imagination takes you.
As a follow-up to my last post about creating environments that bring people together, I’d like to share some photos from the recently-completed (and soon-to-open) Corkbuzz Wine Studio by SLDesign and Focus Lighting.
Corkbuzz was brought to us by owner and Master Sommelier, Laura Maniec, who sought a warm, inviting atmosphere in which to serve and entertain her guests. Her concept for Corkbuzz (located on 13th Street near Union Square), however, involves more than just entertaining at the street-front wine bar. Corkbuzz will also serve as a resource to the community by offering wine tastings and classes for beginners and experts alike in its unique flexible space equipped to handle anything from sit-down presentations to large social events. Finally, on top of it all, the “wine studio” will maintain an in-house inventory of nearly 2500 bottles from which to choose, most of which will be displayed for guests to see in a custom climate-controlled, glass-enclosed display room.
Are you excited!? We certainly are!
Who says lingerie shopping has to involve pink polka-dotted wallpaper or flashing pink neon signs?
In this modern lingerie pop-up shop that opened yesterday in Soho, the architects at Softlab found a creative way to engage shoppers by slowly revealing the product in a sort of “architectural striptease,” using viewing tunnels to reveal small details of each piece of lingerie – a patch of fabric here, a strap there – before seeing the completed garments and ensembles.
Is it getting warm in here, or is it just me?
Lady Liberty … a New York icon … now on view at 61st and Madison!
Yes, you heard right; the famous statue has found a new home on the Upper East Side. Well, not the actual statue, of course, but a casting of the original Frederick Bartholdi workshop model that stands just over nine feet tall. One of only a handful of castings in the world, this statue was enlarged by the sculptor sixteen times to create the statue sitting in New York Harbor today. It’s a little piece of New York history dropped right on Madison Avenue. The best part: you don’t have to wait in line for hours to see her!
We recently completed the lighting installation designed to make this bronze beauty shine all night long, and it was such a fun project I thought I’d share some photos for those who can’t see her in person.
October 2, 2011
I ventured out into Brooklyn last night for the annual Nuit Blanche (“White Night”) NYC festival of light. Started last year in New York, the festival occurs on the same night as others in (mostly European) cities around the world, and brings together artists of all different flavors to light up the night in the industrial waterfront of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. This year’s turnout of artists and installations, unfortunately, wasn’t as strong as last year‘s (most likely due to rain early in the night), however, the attendance was just as enthusiastic.
What is great about this festival is its timing. Falling on the first day of October on the first chilly night of the season, it is the essence of Fall in New York City. The shadowy, mysterious atmosphere at the festival also serves as a great introduction to the Halloween season — wide-eyed kids run around with glow sticks in hand, the first hints of costumes start to appear, leaves crunch underfoot, and everything around you is just a little bit off.
September 18, 2011
It was a busy week at the office (or not at the office) as we went into final “aim and adjust” for the new Starbucks concept store opening at 47th Street and Broadway in Times Square. This was my first project opening since being hired at Focus Lighting, so it was particularly exciting for me to be involved.