A year spent largely indoors changed much for many of us—not least our relationship to the outdoors. For Kin & Company founder Kira de Paola, it afforded a little time to consider the potential of the design studio’s outdoor furniture exhibition “Inside~Out,” which debuted in 2019 in Brooklyn’s Vale Park as a casual, experiential alternative to traditional design fairs. “It was strange that we had planned a show specifically around spurring opportunities for social engagement and connection,” de Paola says, “and suddenly being around each other was verboten. The whole premise of the show became poignant.”
By lockdown, the roster for a second iteration had been mostly set. But in the spring, she says, “we sent a new open call, asking: How are you reimagining social connection through this new lens, this shared experience? Some people said, my original concept seemed prescient. Others wanted to rethink everything.” A digital preview launched last fall, followed, finally, by a full, live show hosted by Saint Marks Place in Boerum Hill. INC Architecture & Design clad the residential development with terracotta, while Terrain created its outdoor public areas. For the show, Kin & Company curated a playful, Memphis-forward slate of objects and furnishings. “I’m really interested to see how people use the furniture in person,” says de Paola. “I haven’t seen so many humans in one place in awhile.” And should any of them get inspired to rethink their own outdoors, the building has a maker studio ready for its residents.