new york, new york
What with Baltimore being so close to New York, I initially thought I’d be going there every other weekend. I’m ashamed to say that in the past year I’ve only gone up a couple of times. But those times were always great, packed with adventures, delicious food, good friends, and lovely designs.
The neighbourhoods (yes, I’m primarily talking about Brooklyn and Manhattan neighbourhoods – not pretending I’m not a tourist here) are a veritable outdoor museum of intriguing signage and lettering:
You can find a vast array of restaurant branding, interior design and store decorations.
These fluid, liquid illustrations create such a unique and expressive brand for this restaurant. I love how it references the shapes created by designs made of sauce found in high end restaurants, all the while creating images that refer to the type of food the restaurant serves. Definitely want to try this one out one day (yes, it’s just because the branding is so good).
And of course, all of the little Brooklyn boutiques are their own little packaging museums!
I even got to visit the Kickstarter headquarters, where my friend works. Located in Brooklyn in an inconspicuous industrial building, it is definitely the most beautiful and modern office space I’ve ever seen. Rooftop garden? Check. Movie theater? Check. Kitchen so expansive that people confuse them for a catering company? Check. Gorgeous bathroom tiles? Check. Incredible library with floor-to-wall shelves? Check check check.
I took a little detour and went to the infamous Mood Fabrics, to see if it’s worth the hype. Conclusion: It is. The sheer quantity and variety of fabrics is enough to overwhelm you in the best of ways, and swallow up 2 hours of your day when you’d only intended to spend 5 minutes there.
No New York visit is complete without going to a few museums. This summer I swung by the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, and naturally, it was a design haven. Sometimes I debated whether the environmental graphics and museum’s branding were actually the most intriguing part of the museum (no offense intended toward the exhibits – just emphasizing how great the museum’s own designs were)! Probably has a little something to do with Ellen Lupton overseeing it.
And I was happy to get to swing by the newly inaugurated Whitney Museum of American Art (which is amazing by the way)!