Some alums give back with donations. But three graduates of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning gave their alma mater something better: a solution. William Lim, founder of the architecture firm CL3, teamed up with son Vincent Lim and wife Elaine Lu, partners in Lim+Lu on Push/Pull, a range of multifunctional furnishings commissioned for the college’s Manhattan studio during NYCxDesign.
A dozen modular hybrids, inspired by merchant pushcarts of yesteryear, serve dual functions. The three-seat sofa becomes a coatrack. A cocktail table rises to form a lectern; another morphs into a bookshelf. “It’s design created for the mobility of today’s city,” William Lim explains. Constructed from powder-coated steel with vinyl upholstery, the pieces are now available on the open market, Cornell crests not included.