It’s a challenging time to be a student right now as the important elements of in-person interactions are canceled or limited. Add in an art school element where openings and physical events are critical, and the struggle only increases. So late last month when Open Studio Volume 1 debuted, we felt some hope in the air.
Hosted by design curators Pink Essay and design incubator Lichen, the concept is an in-person and online exhibit of student and self-taught furniture and object designers. “We are at a milestone moment in the history of design,” say David Eardley and Anna Theroux Ling, the cocreators of Pink Essay, in the website mission statement. “While we look to the past for knowledge and understanding, we know that the most important work will happen in the upcoming years, as the design community grows beyond tradition and exclusivity to value accessibility, representation, and conversation. We’re excited