Pratt Institute Outfits Brooklyn Condos
Those contributing designs include legendary former professor Eva Zeisel and former student and industrial designer Harry Allen.
Nicholas Tamarin -- Interior Design, 10/12/2009 12:00:00 AM
The living and dining room in the Pratt-designed floor-through residence at Third + Bond in Brooklyn.
Parlaying street cred that can only be obtained by being in Brooklyn since 1886, Pratt Institute lent a handful of its most illustrious alumni, faculty, and students to completely outfit two model residence interiors in Rogers Marvel Architects'Third + Bond condominiums in the borough's Carroll Gardens neighborhood.
On view this month, the duplex three-bedroom and floor-through two-bedroom include floor and wall coverings, home accessories, furniture, textiles, art, and lighting contributed by Pratt participants including legendary former professor Eva Zeisel and former student and industrial designer Harry Allen.
Wallpaper designed by Pratt interior design students for Third + Bond model; the model includes a lounge chair designed by Eva Zeisel, a Scrapile Table designed by a Pratt student in collaboration with Carlos Salgado of Scrapile, and a prototype table lamp design by Tim Richartz.
Pratt professor of architecture and alumnus Anthony Caradonna coordinated the school's team of fine artists, designers, and architects in curating, styling, and staging the apartments. For the three-bedroom, three bathroom model with private yard, that meant marrying sustainable design elements with a modern sensibility like in the condo's clean-lined furniture fabricated from natural wood, glass, and metal. In addition to designs from Zeisel and Allen, the model residence includes home accessories by industrial design professor and alumnus Bruce Hannah and architecture professor and alumnus Bill Katavolos. Current Pratt students contributed abstract, organic-patterned wallpaper and textiles inspired by locally grown oysters. The apartment will also be outfitted with GROW, an ivy-like solar and wind panel system designed by Pratt alumni and acquired by the Museum of Modern Art for its permanent collection.
Caradonna selected objects made from natural and recycled/recyclable materials and ones that rely on no-waste design strategies for the two-bedroom, two-bathroom floor-through model. Its home accessories, artwork, and textiles incorporate natural and urban imagery, including silkscreened images of neighborhood trees and the borough's storefronts and roofscapes. The color-scheme of the apartment's wallpaper was inspired by the various greens and reds found in Brooklyn street maps from the 1920's.
Stainless Steel Barstool by Mark Goetz; T Sling Lounge Chair by Bill Katavolos
"These high-design environments represent the extraordinary range of talent of Pratt's students, faculty, and alumni," says Caradonna. "The spaces are fully functional, residential interiors that reflect a diverse cultural milieu intrinsic to Brooklyn and its developing urban context."
As part of that developing urban context, the 44 residences at Third + Bond are on track to be the first of the borough's mid-rise luxury projects to achieve both LEED Gold and Energy Star Home certifications.