The Gift Guide: NYC Puzzles 2022

The Smart List is a monthly list of multi-media recommendations on everything design, curated by Interwoven Design. As a group of aesthetically obsessed designers, there are a lot of beautiful products and objects we love and enjoy. These products make our daily lives special and inviting and we want to share them with you. This issue is a extra edition holiday gift guide for the design savvy people on your list. Discover these quality New York City flavored Puzzles!

The Gift Guide: NYC Puzzles 2022

1. Lets Go Get Lost Together New York Puzzle

500 Pieces – Luckies/Trouva

The 500 piece recycled cardboard, Lets Go Get Lost New York Puzzle depicts a beautiful historic Manhattan aerial view. It was design by artist and advertiser Dave Buonaguidi. His experiences in advertising and screen printing shine bright through the playful lettering on top of the faded image background. The puzzle can be found for purchase through Trouva.

2. Frank Stella Puzzle

750 Pieces – MoMA Design Store

Frank Stella’s Puzzle is inspired by his famous painting, Firuzabad. The puzzle is constructed of 90% recycled paper while also using non-toxic ink to portray the two overlapping circles, with colorful striping. This work can be found through the MoMA Design Store.

3. NYT Front Page Puzzle

500 Pieces – Uncommon goods

The New York Times Front Page Puzzle is a great personalized gift option idea for wanting to commemorate a specific date or historic event. Uncommon Goods allows customization of the puzzle to chose the front page image as well as the piece count, 500 or 1,000. This unique gift is manufactured in the United States.

4. Inside the Museum Puzzle

500 – Met Museum

The Inside the Museum Puzzle is an intricate 500 piece puzzle features that illustrates the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s galleries. The puzzle tells a story through the museum map as well as hidden treasures. Once the puzzle is completed, the game has only begun! Specific objects are listed on the border and used to pinpoint the objects that are depicted.

5. Puzzle Thing: NY Heart

465 Pieces – Areaware

The Puzzle Thing: NY Heart was created during the COVID-19 pandemic by three friends, Alex, Michelle and Stephanie. The motivation behind the image stems from the awareness of the hardships that hospitality workers face during the lockdown. Areaware supports the organization, One Fair Wage, which focuses on improving wages and workplace treatment of these workers.

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The Gift Guide 2022

The Smart List is a monthly list of multi-media recommendations on everything design, curated by Interwoven Design. As a group of aesthetically obsessed designers, there are a lot of beautiful products and objects we love and enjoy. These products make our daily lives special and inviting and we want to share them with you. This issue is a holiday gift guide for the design savvy people on your list. Discover globally inspired Truffle Collection, natural candles, interior warmers, puzzles and color!

The Gift Guide 2022

1. Truffle Collection

Vosges Haut-Chocolat

Katrina Markoff, the founder and chocolatier of Vosges Haut-Chocolat strives to explore the connection between taste and spirit. By studying how people taste and smell cocoa in collaboration with indigenous plants, Vosges transforms these chocolates to acknowledge the connection with location and culture.

The Truffle Collection is inspired by Katrina’s global exploration and combinations of ingredients. The collection comes with a book that guides for tasting, sourcing and stories.

2. Latkes and Lights Candle

Homesick

Homesick is a home lifestyle brand that focuses in fragrances to help people feel close to the people, places and moments that matter most.

These natural soy wax candles are poured in the USA and contain premium cotton wicks and custom fragrance oils. The Latkes and Lights Candle celebrates the Festival of Lights with latkes in applesauce and jelly donuts.

3. Aroma Oil Warmer

Kinto

Kinto is Japanese brand that offers long lasting products have an even balance of usability and aesthetics. Their products essence focuses on detail, comfort, and expression.

The Aroma Oil Warmer is aesthetically intended to replicate the form of coffee equipment while also adding warmth to an interior space. The materials used include heat resistant glass and stainless steel that come together in a minimal and sleek design.

4. Puzzles

Areaware

Areaware is a home accessories brand based in Brooklyn, NY and Columbus, OH. Independent designers collaborate to bring these awesome ideas to life. Areaware spans multiple product categories that make great gifts.

The puzzle collection offered by Areaware features a plethora of designs including photography, illustration, food and patterns!

5. Anything!

Pantone

We all know Pantone, the universal language of color. Color can be the motivation to start a new home project or just create. So if you’re looking for something to ignite creativity, get anything from Pantone!

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Design Documentaries by Gary Hustwit

The Smart List is a monthly list of multi-media recommendations on everything design, curated by Interwoven Design. In this issue we share a selection of design documentaries that come from the New York based, world renowned filmmaker and visual artist, Gary Hustwit. His films have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and have been broadcasted on PBS, BBC, HBO and Netflix. We love films that offer a fresh perspective on design history as well as contemporary design. The four films we’ve chosen here feature an in-depth analysis of the industries under the umbrella of design.

The Smart List: Design Documentaries by Gary Hustwit

1. Rams

2018

The documentary Rams highlights the life story of legendary German industrial designer Dieter Rams, who was the chief designer at Braun from 1961 to 1995. His impact on modern day products spans across many categories but he is best known for his clean, minimalist home appliances, his influence on Apple’s design aesthetic, and his 10 design principles. The film tells a story of consumerism, sustainability and innovation through interviews with Rams as well as his friends and colleagues.

2. Objectified

2009

The film Objectified features a viewpoint into the process behind creating the objects around us everyday. Hustwit confronts industrial design and the base of consumerism by how it impacts our ecological, financial and social climates. The director compels discussion through the want of the newest product versus filling landfills.

3. Urbanized

2011

Urbanized is a film diving into the modern urban planning era and its impact on the people that populate its cities around the world. Hustwit and his team encapsulate topics that challenge the ’cause and effects’ of urban planning. The insight and interviews with renowned architects, builders, and leaders invoke debate into unconsidered reasoning.

4. Workplace

2016

The film Workplace dives into the ‘new normal’ that COVID-19 has implemented into our work-life balance. The documentary studies life in an New York office evolution by renowned architects, Foster + Partners. Information and data collection leads to strategic results that are still currently debated between employees and employers fighting for the equilibrium between remote and in office work.

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Books on Sustainability and Climate Change

The Smart List is a monthly list of multi-media recommendations on everything design, curated by Interwoven Design. In this issue we share three great books on sustainability. Being educated about sustainability is now a critical part of being an industrial designer. It helps us understand why our projects need to incorporate sustainable design practices wherever possible. That said, it’s hard to feel educated about it when the topic of sustainability is so overwhelming. The way we talk about it is often too vague to feel real or relevant to our everyday lives. These books, and others like them, tell specific, vivid stories that bring the reality of the need for sustainable design to life. They take a vague idea like “impact” and give it weight and dimension. These compelling stories help connects the dots between theory and practice.

The Smart List: Books on Sustainability & Climate Change

The World Without Us

by Alan Weisman

Many books about the environment catalog case studies of the impacts that our human activities are having on the planet. They are warning signals, threatening impending disaster if we don’t change our ways. In The World Without Us Alan Weisman takes an entirely different and fresh approach in which the human species is eliminated in the opening pages and the remainder of the book is spent painting a picture of how the Earth will adapt and develop without us. 

Weisman works from expert interviews with engineers, zoologists, astrophysicists, and more. He also uses present-day examples of sites that have been abandoned by civilization like Chernobyl as jumping off points for his speculative future. He uses the concept of a loud, conspicuous absence to tell the story of our impact. Our intricate civil infrastructures would collapse and be subsumed into nature, erosion and underground flooding would cause our cities to crumble, and the entire planet would undergo a process of re-wilding. What would remain of human civilization? What would be the most lasting of our contributions to the planet? Weisman answers these questions and many more.

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

by Elizabeth Kolbert

Mass extinctions are planetary events wherein diversity of life drops exponentially. There have been five mass extinctions in the last half billion years, and scientists today say we are in the midst of the sixth, predicted to be the worst since an asteroid took out the dinosaurs. Of all the species that have existed, scientists estimate that perhaps 1% remain. The instigating event for this particular mass extinction? Humans. 
In The Sixth Extinction, New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert highlights the growing mountain of endangered species, like Panama’s emblematic golden frog, including stories of many that have gone extinct on our watch. She outlines the nature of extinction with historic examples like the American mastadon, giving the reader a foundation for understanding the evolutionary and ecological frameworks around species extinctions. She then narrates her adventures with experts in dozens of fields including botany, biology, and geology. She writes vividly and with compelling clarity to highlight these quiet disappearances happening all around us, all over the world, each a study in human impact, influence, and power.

Silent Spring

by Rachel Carson

Silent Spring was serialized in The New Yorker in the summer of 1962, and published in book form that fall. Rachel Carson’s passionate, ominous warning instigated immediate national debate about the use of chemical pesticides and to what extent science, corporations, and governments were responsible for their effects on the environment. 

Carson’s research outlined how insecticides, weed-eradicating chemicals, and agricultural sprays were leaching into food and water sources, endangering ecosystems and human communities alike. Her revolutionary text kicked off a grass-roots movement to preserve the environment through local and national regulations, and was the cry that brought environmental awareness to the attention of the public. Silent Spring is considered one of the most important books of the twentieth century and, though it is now 60 years old, holds up as a social alarm and a call to action, a critical catalyst for the modern day environmental movement.

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Fun Fall Activities

The Smart List is a monthly list of multi-media recommendations on everything design, curated by Interwoven Design. In this issue we share some of the cool events and fun activities we’re looking forward to this fall, from cutting edge films at the New York Film Film Festival and artist-selected art at the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit to fashion pop-culture at at the Virgil Abloh exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum and a quirky trove of treasures at the latest New York Public Library exhibit.

The Smart List: Fun Fall Activities 2022
The Smart List: Fun Fall Activities 2022

Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech” 

at The Brooklyn Museum, July 1, 2022–January 29, 2023

Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech” is a multidisciplinary exhibit that celebrates the work of late American fashion designer Virgil Abloh. He is best known for his work as the artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear and as the founder the iconic fashion label Off-White, which he defined as “the gray area between black and white.” Abloh was raised outside Chicago, the child of Ghanaian immigrants. His work combines streetwear, luxury, art, music, and travel, to speak across cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. This exhibit, created by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, is the first to be dedicated to his work. It spans 20 years of his fashion practice and includes incredible collaborations with artists, architects, musicians, and more.

Smithsonian Museum Day

at participating museums, Saturday September 17th, 2022

Museum Day is an annual event celebrating history, science, arts, and culture hosted by Smithsonian Magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions provide free entry to visitors with a Museum Day ticket.

Participating museums for 2022 include The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum,  The Museum of Arts and Design, The Museum of the City of New York, The New York City Fire Museum, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor, Poster House, The AKC Museum of the Dog, The Noble Maritime Collection, and The Williamsburg Art & Historical Center.

60th New York Film Festival

Lincoln Center, September 30th – October 16th, 2022

The New York Film Festival is one of the most prestigious film festivals in America. It showcases a highly curated selection of international films, just a few dozen out of over 1,500 submissions are accepted and the structure is non-competitive, with no prizes offered beyond the prestige and exposure of being selected. The only limitation is films that have not yet been screened in New York City, and the selection committee prioritizes cinematic works that push the boundaries of film and challenge the audience. Selections for the 60th festival include Noah Baumbach’s White Noise, Laura Poitras’ All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, and Elegance Bratton’s The Inspection as well as lectures, discussions, and specialty screenings.

The Polonsky Exhibition of New York Public Library’s Treasures 

at the New York Public Library, permanent exhibition

The New York Public Library has been collecting and preserving knowledge for over 125 years, accumulating millions of objects in that time. The Polonsky Exhibition of New York Public Library’s Treasures features over 4,000 years of ​​manuscripts, artworks, still and moving images, recordings, and more that bring this collection to life. It is the library’s first permanent exhibit, freshly launched this summer and free to the public indefinitely. Visit in person or check out the online exhibition to explore this incredible archive.

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