Open Style Lab + Parsons Design Clothes for People of All Abilities

As the New York Times notes, nearly 40 million Americans have disabilities. That’s almost 12% of the population, and a percentage that’s severely under-serviced by the fashion and apparel industries. Through an academic partnership with NYC’s Parsons School of Design, non-profit Open Style Lab worked with teams of students to imagine and produce clothing both functional and fashionable that met specific needs. From addressing spastic …

Studio Visit: Material Lust

The rebellious design duo translates hidden symbols and philosophies into sculptural, unsettling furniture

Located on the invisible line that divides the East Village and Gramercy is the home and studio of Lauren Larson and Christian Swafford, the two young artists behind provocative design firm, Material Lust. Upon entering the loft, visitors are immediately confronted by one of Swafford’s photography experiments—a series of quick snaps taken after shocking some supportive friends with a small taser. Darkly humorous and visually …