City Escapes

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Two exhibitions on view over the ICFF weekend in NYC a few weeks back focused on getting out of the city – the transport, tools used, and benefits to the general state of mind achieved upon leaving. “Here & There,” from the designers of Various Projects and Field, gathered a great group of designs around the theme of travel and adventure. Included were a kevlar canoe by Colgate Searle and Matthias Pliessnig, and a well-designed travel cocktail kit, Morris Kitchen’s Rhubarb Syrup, and Philadelphia’s Art in the Age liquors, all packaged up nice and neat in a wood box with glasses, coasters, and shaker. “Off the Grid” at Gallery Pure also explored escape – in the form of camping, a collaboration between designers François Chambard and Frederick McSwain. Included were a beautifully simple A-frame tent, anodized aluminum and maple wood trunks, and quirky Corian-based lanterns in various shapes and sizes.

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