Amidst the $20,000 hammocks and glistening pillars of polished
furniture, I found the show's buzzpoint: a modest booth with fifteen
designs that showcased the theme "Design for a Dollar." Here, enterprising young minds from the Pratt Institute, like Sukmo Koo
(pictured above), challenged themselves to create everything from
furniture to lighting and miscellaneous products for a dollar.
Sukmo and his partner, Young Taek Oh,
used twisted egg cartons to create the organically-shaped
"Metamophosis" lighting fixture. Other student designs incorporated
string shelves, sand-blasted plates, and even crystallized pipe
cleaners for a new take on modern chandeliers,
The prize for thinking frugally (and some would say, better)? The Pratt
Institute’s Department of Industrial Design received the ICFF Editors
Award for "Best Design School."
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