desigNYC Annual Exhibition Party Wed. Oct. 3, 2012

desigNYC Announces Recharging Communities, an Exhibition of 15 Extraordinary Collaborations between nonprofits and designers improving lives of New Yorkers. Opening Wednesday October 3, 2020 at GD Cucine, and on view through October 15, 2012.

On Wednesday October 3rd, 2012 desigNYC, a nonprofit organization committed to improving life the lives of New Yorkers in New York through the power of design, will celebrate its the 2012 collaborations at its annual event and exhibit opening, at GD Cucine at 227 West 17th Street in Chelsea. Following the opening, the exhibition will be open to the public from 10 am–6 pm daily.  Please RSVP for the October 3rd opening here.

desigNYC is a “do-tank” that demonstrates the impact of design by connecting nonprofits, community groups and city agencies with passionate, professional pro bono design professionals designers interested in the public good.
“The teams we’ve recruited this year have been incredibly dedicated to tackling challenging topics, such as human trafficking, public transportation, prisoner reentry, and neighborhood revitalization, to name a few. The design solutions they propose to recharge their communities are fresh and affordable, demonstrating the highest standard of design,” says Laetitia Wolff, desigNYC’s executive director.
Launched at the beginning of 2012, desigNYC’s third round of project collaborations, clustered orchestrated under the annual theme of Recharging Communities, connected 15 extraordinary organizations with close to 50 talented design professionals who are leaders in the fields of architectural, landscape, interior, experience and communications design. Highlights amongst this year’s design solutions include a lobby refurbishing for an East Village community bank serving low-income customers, a graphic identity and signage system for a Brooklyn neighborhood compost initiative, a green infrastructure/parklet for the Gowanus Canal area and a deployable “urban backyard” kit for a Lower East Side street festival.

Project / Nonprofit: Bard Prison Initiative
+ Designer: PS New York
Advisor: Isa Gouverneur

Project / Nonprofit: Clemente Soto Velez Center (CSVC)
+ Designer: KStudios Kudos
Advisor: Lisa Green

Project / Nonprofit: Compost for Brooklyn (C4B)
+ Designer: Karen Greenberg
Advisor: Jeffrey Garofalo

Project / Nonprofit: Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC)
+ Designer: Pure+Applied
Advisor: Lucille Tenazas

Project / Nonprofit: NYDesigns
+ Designer: Remake Design
Advisor: Gabriela Mirensky

Project / Nonprofit: OpenPlans Transportation
+ Designer: Purpose
Advisor: Michael DelGaudio

Project / Nonprofit: Safe Horizon
+ Designer: Reboot
Advisor: Chelsea Mauldin

Project / Nonprofit: Fort Greene Strategic Neighborhood Action (SNAP)
+ Designer: Incorporated
Advisor: Gareth Mahon

Project / Nonprofit: Fulton Area Business (FAB) Alliance
+ Designers: ABArchitekten and Mapos
Advisor: Adam Lubinsky

Project / Nonprofit: Gowanus Canal Conservancy
+ Designer: KaN Landscape Design
Advisor: Stephen Koren
Project / Nonprofit: Lower East Side Business Improvement District (LES BID)
+ Designers: DUB-studios with SVA Impact! students
Advisor: Mark Randall

Project / Nonprofit: Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union (LES FCU)
+ Designers: Bernheimer Architecture and d/b/A designbuild
Advisor: Richard Vitto

Project / Nonprofit: New Destiny Housing Corporation
+ Designer: EOA | Elmslie Osler Architect
Advisor: Sara Bengur

Project / Nonprofit: PlayHarvest
+ Designer: Moorhead & Moorhead
Advisor: Marcos Chavez

Project / Nonprofit: Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation
+ designer: WE-design/WE-build
Advisor: Bob Balder
A more complete description of projects is available on

The exhibition is designed by Landor Associates in collaboration with Laetitia Wolff. The exhibition is generously hosted for the second time by GD Cucine, 227 West 17th Street, a high-end Italian design showroom and will run from October 3rd through October 15, 2012. The showroom is open 10-6 PM everyday of the week. A press preview will take place on October 3rd, from 5-6PM.  For the first time the exhibit will feature related public programs, including lunchtime guided tours, lectures and presentations by our current and past team members, moderated panels and training workshops. More details soon.

desigNYC’s next call for nonprofit projects and pro bono design services deadline is WED. OCT. 31st, under the theme of healthy communities.

About desigNYC
desigNYC’s mission is to improve the lives of New Yorkers through the power of design. desigNYC is a platform that connects talented designers interested in civic engagement with extraordinary nonprofits serving the public good. Our focus is local. Our approach is multi-disciplinary. Our process is participatory and community-centric. desigNYC is a 501©(3) charitable organization, incubated at ESI Design, and now led by executive director Laetitia Wolff.

About GD Cucine
Founded in Treviso in 1969 by Giuseppe Dolfo, GD Cucine has built a reputation throughout Europe by offering kitchens that easily combine living, cooking and dining in an environment that brings together family and friends. GD has furnished kitchens throughout the world and sells to both individual homeowners and multi-unit residential developers. The company’s US flagship showroom, at 227 West 17th street in New York, features kitchens and bathrooms both contemporary and classic.

About Landor Associates
Landor provides a full range of integrated brand consulting, creative, and design services to help our clients build and revitalize their brands. Our professionals take inspiration from our company’s founder, Walter Landor, who in 1964 purchased a retired ferryboat called the Klamath and repurposed it as Landor’s headquarters. Today, the Klamath remains a symbol of transformative thinking. With 23 offices in 17 countries we bring this same philosophy to understanding markets and our branding industry.

Special thanks to our in-kind sponsors helping with the implementation of our 2012 projects, including Interface/FLOR and Wolf-Gordon for the New Destiny project, and Sylvania, Bartco Lighting, Steelcase, Teknion, ANEW for the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union.

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