Learn About Design (and Fashion) Through the Decades at This Chic New Exhibition

As the fashion calendar closes its books on the couture season, the Volker Haug Studio is having a chic affair of its own. Teaming up with Colony, a community of independent designers, the European lighting studio’s luminescence has helped turn three luxury units at 40 Bleecker Street into three iconic eras from fashion history. “Colony’s fashion-inspired design concepts spoke to the core of what our studio does,” says founder Volker Haug to AD PRO. “We bring together creatives from all different design disciplines to create lighting that is malleable to all sorts of interior settings.”

For their entry into the U.S., the Melbourne-based studio’s signature clean aesthetics can be seen throughout Colony’s curated fashion-inspired interiors on a by-appointment basis from now until April. Sconces, pendants, and chandeliers have been chosen accordingly to each represented era depending on their materials and finishes. According to Jean Lin, the founder of Colony, the collaboration was seemingly written in the stars. “Each piece works seamlessly with our design concept,” she tells AD PRO. “They add an element of true discovery to space and I’m extremely honored to play a role in Volker Haug Studio’s entry into the American market.”

A 1980s Tokyo vision.

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Now’s Your Last Chance to See a Walk-By Exhibition That’s All About Interior Design

Nowadays, interior design students are being tasked with not only conceiving single-level floor plans but also with transforming entire buildings into full-fledged commercial spaces. Such is the case at New York’s School of Visual Arts (SVA), which recently revealed its BFA Interior Design: Built Environments class of 2020 projects to the public.

Curated by senior thesis faculty Gita Nandan and Anthony Lee, “Buildings Transformed by Interior Design” presents the work of 15 international students who boldly reimagined existing structures for alternative uses. While the resulting edifices (which students began developing during summer 2019 and completed remotely in spring 2020) vary tremendously in aesthetic and function, they all demonstrate special attention to the social and environmental issues that plague the world today.

“I was trying to make an assessment of what these students had their fingers on because when it’s your thesis, it’s got to be something really dear to your heart,” SVA department chair Dr. Carol Bentel, a partner of Bentel & Bentel, the multigenerational firm behind famed restaurants such as Le Bernardin, The Modern at MoMA, and Gramercy Tavern, says to AD PRO. “Everyone created something that was ‘save the planet’ or ‘take care of

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