The MFA Design Department is taking part in two prestigious events in May, one on each side of the Atlantic. From May 8 – 12, the department will exhibit student-made books at the 2008 Turin International Book Fair. Fifteen students projects from Howard Reeves’ Merchandising Book course and Warren Lehrer’s Experimental Book course were selected for inclusion. Curated by the program’s co-chairs, Steven Heller and Lita Talarico, assisted by Lara McCormick (MFA 2007 Design), the books represent the marriage of content and design in the development of marketable products based on a variety of book themes. SVA is one of seven international design schools to be selected for the Turin event.
Less than a week later, the graduate program will be presenting a custom-designed booth at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, taking place May 17 – 20 at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. On display will be examples of faculty member Kevin O’Callaghan’s Chair Project, in which students were challenged to conceptually repurpose raw wood IKEA chairs according to key words, like “disco,” “suburbia” and “macho.” Five original chairs will be shown, alongside photographs of several more. SVA is one of just four colleges invited to participate in the fair.