by Alexandra Polier
The latest satellite event to showcase clever designs like Charles Constantine's Memento coffee table/coffin (pictured at right) in competition with ICFF this weekend is Model Citizens NYC 2009, a forum for independent designers at Exit Art, just around the corner from the bigger fair's Javitz Center home.
Like the American Design Club, Model Citizens is an exhibition society with a mission of strengthening the non-corporate voices out there by bringing together a community of talented designers. Motivated by hard economic times which prevent many talented designers from exhibiting at expensive shows like the ICFF, executive director Erika Carmichael hopes the close proximity and talented crew will draw real enthusiasts as well as passersby.
The exhibition includes works by some 26 award-winning designers whose fields range from furniture and lighting to ceramics and jewelry, running the gamut from the very conceptual to very pragmatic.
Bravoâ€™s Top Design winner, Nathan Thomas will have his furnishings on display (pictured above), as will Seattle-based Iacoli & McAllister with their colorful candlestick-inspired pedestal tables and the award-winning couple behind J. Green Designs.