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May 05, 2008

Do Not Touch: Recycle

A unique, three-day showcase of products and installations built from recycled materials to take place during New York Design Week

MAY 18-20, 12:00-7:00 PM


New York, NY-L.A.-based design company TOUCH presenting an exhibition of sustainable and social design, featuring a variety of furniture, accessories, and on-site installations made from recycled and repurposed materials. A three-day event coinciding with ICFF ((International Contemporary Furniture Fair), TOUCH | NEW YORK will transform a raw warehouse space into an interactive area in which virtually everything is eco-friendly-from the rebond cushion floor to the bottle-enabled lighting fixtures. Visitors are invited to attend the opening night reception on Sunday, May 18, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., with complimentary cocktails provided by Sagatiba, at the exhibition space, located at 148 11th Ave., between 21st and 22nd Streets in Manhattan.

A highly visual and experiential forum for responsible, progressive design, TOUCH | NEW YORK will showcase works by a range of environmentally and socially conscious designers, including Domingos Tótora, Estúdio Manus, Mana Bernardes, Blindesign, Thomas Beale, Baobá, Tucker Robbins, and Rodrigo Almeida-the latter of whom will custom-design a site-specific installation in addition to displaying pieces from his collection. In addition, the event will document a social design internship project by recent CCA graduate Ryan Duke, organized through StraaT, in the town of Pratania, Brazil. TOUCH founder Zoë Melo will be on hand to discuss the research and processes behind all the objects on display.

With sustainability gaining unprecedented traction within the new social vocabulary, TOUCH | NEW YORK aims to place the viewer firmly inside the context of the movement by not only showing works comprised of recycled material, but surrounding him or her with it as well to create a complete experience. In doing so, the exhibition hopes to explore the potential and practicality of sustainability in the design world as both a social and aesthetic force.

"While it's great that sustainability is such a buzz word these days, it's important to get past the concept and look at the mechanisms and infrastructure that can make sustainability an ongoing reality," says Melo. "We're hoping to deepen people's understanding of what it means to be sustainable, its extreme versatility, and the way it can impact lives on both an individual and a global scale.

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