A Night in New York

By danielle

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New York City is certainly the city that never sleeps. Last night, we set out to Felissimo for a short session called Product Placement (a new series of designer talks organized by Julie Taraska and Kimberly Oliver). Since the evening was all about Japan, we started with a saki and some delicious edamame and rice balls. Then we headed up the winding stairs, through the awesome Japan-C exhibition and to the 5th floor to listen to the wise and witty words of product designers: Masamichi Udagawa, Jeff Miller, Atsuyo et Akiko, Eric Chan and Hideaki Matsui as well as design buyer Kari Woldum. Each took us through their innovative thought and design process. Udagawa talked about a product near and dear to New Yorkers’ hearts – the speedy MetroCard machine, which he says was “designed for everyone.” We learned that he and his colleagues from Antenna Design even designed a few NYC subway cars. Afterwards, we couldn’t leave without sneaking through the crowd to talk to our friends Julie and Kimberly, Japan C’s dynamic duo Melissa and Tara as well as one of our favorite industrial designers, the talented Jeff Miller.

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As we are about to call it a night, grab a slice and head to Brooklyn, we were invited by the lovely Annie Block of Interior Design magazine to “pop into” Target’s Bullseye Bodega party. After all, it was just one block away. We also recruited Material ConneXion’s Sarah Natkins and were off for some chic designer deals. The place was packed, the cheesecake on a stick was delightful and to top it off – we saw Jerry Seinfeld. And we would have had a picture to prove it if technology didn’t fail us (see bottom left picture below).

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Hours later, we took the slow and steady F train back home and finally got our slice (or two). You gotta love New York.

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