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MOntclair Design Week 2018 - Friday, October 26

by Montclair Design Week - 1 year ago

Montclair Design Week 2018


We are excited you are joining us for Montclair Design Week! Our inaugural year, The Year of Messy Design, features more than 60 events and is expected to engage about 20,000 participants from throughout our community.

            Good design is for all of us, so we’ve created a wide range of events, something for everyone. Check out the types of events below for today. Most events are free and require registration. All events are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please sign up as soon as possible. To buy tickets for the fundraising parties, go to To buy tickets for the films, go to

            Come celebrate design and its power to mobilize and inspire each of us and our community to reach for a better future. We look forward to seeing you!





Sights Unseen

MDW Hub, Madison Bldg., 427 Bloomfield Ave.

11:00 am–2:00 pm, 5:00–9:00 pm daily

Spotlighting the work of talents who live in, work in, or contribute to Montclair, Sights Unseen is Montclair Design Week’s first ever showcase dedicated to uncovering what’s new and next in design of all scales and disciplines. It’s also a nod to our inaugural theme, The Year of Messy Design, in which we invite our community to think broadly and interpret works creatively. Featuring objects of design and innovation—from furniture, graphics, lighting, landscapes, and fashion to robotics, engineering, and user experiences—MDW’s showcase presents a new story of design excellence, as told by our Montclair-area creatives.



Montclair Accelerator for Incubating Communities

MDW Hub, Madison Bldg., 427 Bloomfield Ave.

11:00 am–2:00 pm, 5:00–9:00 pm daily

On exhibit during the week is MDW’s own design for a mobile hub, dubbed MAIC and pronounced make. Montclair Accelerator for Incubating Communities is designed as a multipurpose, fully customized room-on-wheels that can be used for year-round programming. Drawings, renderings, and a scale model tell the story of this roving beacon of discovery, creativity, and exploration. MAIC is a gift we hope to realize in the coming year, with the generous support of our community.

Friday, October 26


4:00–8:00 pm

Take a tour of this tantalizing mix of 15 Montclair design spots. Try to hit them all, or pick and choose, or stay at just one for the entire four hours. The order of your stops is up to you. There’s much creative energy to discover in Montclair!

Books in Miniature

Creativity Caravan, 28 So. Fullerton Ave.

The Creativity Caravan’s Amy Tingle and Maya Stein offer visitors an opportunity to design their own miniature books. Choose from three different book constructions, and fill these tiny tomes with your next big ideas. All materials supplied.

Buzzworthy Web Design

Lform Design, 42 Park St.

Visit Ian Loew and his studio for a cold beer and learn why good design makes all the difference to your bottom line. We’ll walk you through what a good website design process looks like, and how your site can help move the needle.

Deconstructed Luxury

Little Nest Portraits, 54 So. Park St.

Open 5:30–8:00 pm

Azie (Verdigreen), Anna (Blooms in Hand), and Brittany (Little Nest Portraits) are collaborating to create a unique backdrop in front of Little Nest. Paint and gold leaf will be hand-layered on a canvas, naturally distressing it to an aesthetic of undone luxury. Orchids will be bared to their roots and suspended on a handwoven gold screen.

Design in Motion

Java Love Coffee Roasters, 49 Church St.

Custom handmade bicycles provide a wonderful window on the design process, and randonneuring, the sport of ultradistance cycling, presents particular challenges to both builder and rider. Come learn from Paul Kramer about this sport and its events, and the role of design in the rides.

Design Perspectives in the M

Wade Maxx Art & Framing, 618 Valley Rd.

Are you a designer, an architect, or a design resource? Come to Wade Maxx and leave your signature style on the Montclair Design Perspectives installation—a community piece that will be evolving throughout the week.

From DMV to TV!

BSTV Entertainment, 16 Label St., Suite C

Tour a 10-time Emmy-nominated TV production company right here in Montclair. See how the former Division of Motor Vehicles inspection station was transformed into loft-style open office space, which includes professional editing rooms for screenings and an open concept kitchen.

Hope for the Flowers/Homage to Pine Street

73 See Gallery and Design Studio, 73C Pine St.

Meet author Trina Paulus (Hope for the Flowers) and view Nick

Levitin’s photography exhibition (Homage to Pine Street: The Art of Neighborhood). On the hour (4, 5, 6, 7 pm), Trina will read from her new book (Chickens & Foxes), a parable about how things are and how they got that way, with some hopeful hints as to how they might change for the better. Nick’s photographs, taken over a year, convey the vibrancy of this neighborhood, from its chess nights and performance art to its musicians and street life.

House Building!

Courtney Rombough Architect, 141 Central Ave.

Remember when architects used handmade models to show clients what their buildings would look like? Now building information modeling and 3-D printing are the tools of the trade. In this workshop, which shows how small tools can have a big impact, we demonstrate the ways we are using 3-D software to model houses for our clients. Participants will model their own structures using 3-D pens or cardboard building blocks.

MDW Design Showcase

MDW Hub, Madison Bldg., 427 Bloomfield Ave.

Three talks/demonstrations are taking place:

4:30–5:30 pm—Alex Gideon, Montclair High School Robotics Team Member

6:00–7:00 pm—Ruth Borgenicht, Artist/Ceramicist, Forager

8:00–9:30 pm—Tracy Breslin, DesignWork/Eileen Fisher

Meet the Makers

The Village Montclair, 123 Walnut St.

Alexandria Pavel, designer and owner of The Village Montclair, invites you to explore the space where many local established and emerging artists showcase their work. You’ll have a chance to meet makers and may even catch someone working on a special craft. Hope to see you around The Village!

Micropark With Macro Dreams

Walnut Street Parklet, in front of Red Eye Cafe, 94 Walnut St.

Visitors will get a firsthand look at a community-driven “street reimagination” effort—a parklet. John Sullivan will make his studio there, and tell the tale of how a private–public partnership worked to create a public space that raises awareness of what mobility in Montclair could look like when people and places are put at the center of design.

People in the Steeple

Hillside Square, 8 Hillside Ave., Suite 209

Fanbrandz and Joe Zeff Design have offices in this building, which was once a church. Come see our design work on the 2018 World Series, magazines like Time and Fortune, the Stanley Cup playoffs, and AT&T’s website.

Rewriting the Disabilities Narrative

Cornerstone Montclair, 198 Bellevue Ave.

People with disabilities aren’t satisfied sitting on the sidelines. They find fulfillment in the same things we do. Perhaps most important, they like having friends and feeling welcome where they live. Cornerstone gives people of all abilities the chance to be a part of the vibrancy of Montclair. Stop in, grab some popcorn at The General Store, and check out the artwork at Arts Unbound and the rock wall at the Inclusive Movement Center.

Serious Beauty/Elegant Mess

Gold/Scopophilia, 594 Valley Rd., The Mews

Scopophilia means “deriving pleasure from looking.” Join us scopophiliacs as we sip wine amidst the works of Brooklyn artists Meg Lipke and Leah Tacha, who both derive serious beauty from an elegant mess. It’s practically alchemy.

Water for Beauty: Secrets of Ionized Water

Eclectic Chic Boutique, 547 Bloomfield Ave.

Celeste Munford, owner of J. Lexi and member artist of the Eclectic Chic Boutique, is hosting a free artist talk on ionized acid water and its benefits for your hair and skin. Celeste crafts holistic bath and body products that help bring out your natural beauty.



6 Brisk Talks About “Messy”

Crazy Mocha Coffee, 491 Bloomfield Ave.

8:00–10:00 pm

A fun, inspiring night out to hear speakers deliver thought-provoking content in a brisk format (20 images, 20 seconds per image). With Montclair Design Week hosting in its inaugural year, we’re featuring another topic close to our hearts: messy. We expect our first year to be one big, beautiful, spectacular mess. Think unexpected outcomes, collaboration, happy accidents, lateral thinking, paths less traveled, inspiration from strange places, open-endedness, improv—you know ... messy! MDW is pleased to start hosting a broader conversation about what it means to be creative in Montclair. We hope that the chitchat never ends!

Unsure where to start? Drop by our headquarters, “the Hub,” in Montclair Center. We’re in the Madison Building at 427 Bloomfield Avenue, near the intersection with Glenridge Avenue. Come inside, ask questions at the MDW Info Desk, marvel at our Design Showcase and MAIC Exhibit, and hang out! We’re there each day of MDW, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Many events will take place at the Hub as well—check the schedule, and register today!

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