DesignTV by SANDOW started off this past week with Interior Design's first ever virtual NYCxDesign Awards. The A&D community celebrated New York City’s top products and projects from their respective homes as they tuned in to the event hosted by Editor in Chief Cindy Allen. To match the new format, this year's winners will also receive a newly designed trophy of a giant iridescent X “representing the intersection of all things design,” according to Allen.
“We know that we will come out of this stronger than ever, and the design community will continue to inspire and provide solutions to the world,” Allen said, kicking off the virtual awards. “We’d never cancel on you,” she added. This year, winners and honorees were chosen from 555 total entries, with 343 products, including those coming to New York City from 24 countries, and 212 projects representing all five boroughs in the mix.
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The following day, Allen hosted a 1on1 interview on DesignTV by SANDOW with Pamela Sunday, who joined from her brick-covered studio in Hudson, NY. Allen said Sunday is one of her favorite sculptors, noting that "her ceramic sculptures are that perfect blend of nature meets science. And, frankly, [they] make me swoon." The economics and math graduate left her Wall Street career for fashion styling and marketing, then spent years taking ceramics classes as she established herself as an artist. Twenty years later, Sunday is exploring new ideas and projects, while maintaining her biomorphic signature aesthetic.
More recently, Sunday shifted to doing mostly wall pieces; clients have the freedom to choose scale and Sunday then lets her imagination run wild. Just days before the mandatory shutdown, Sunday had completed one such project, which featured a variety of shapes and textures and took five months to make through an intensive process. Comprised of different sections, the large-scale piece was commissioned to sit poolside in a Hawaiian home—and completely drained Sunday's supply of clay. Given the pandemic, there also was no clay to be had in New York so Sunday embarked on a hunt. After finding a source in Massachusetts, she is now experimenting with three different types of clay, testing new forms and glazing options.
These days, Sunday is introducing more red and turquoise into her palette. "I'm comfortable with the darker colors and the metallics," she says, chuckling that her color-forward items are not her best sellers. Giving viewers a studio tour, Sunday showed off pieces of her well-known work and current experimentations. One piece—a free-flowing form made by connecting spheres of different sizes—stopped Allen dead in her tracks: "That red is gorgeous, Pamela!" In response, Sunday admitted she was "thrilled" with the final product, so perhaps red is here to stay.
Watch the 1on1 with Pamela Sunday on DesignTV by SANDOW here:
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