VIDEO: ‘Quotidian Product: Paris/New York’ Panel Discussion

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Quotidian Product: Paris/New York

Uncommon Sensitivity in Contemporary Product Design

School of Constructed Environments presents, Quotidian Product: Paris / New York, the work and dialogue of two significant mid career product design studios based in Paris with similar but contrasting Manhattan counterparts. Each studio is known for meaningful and extraordinarily well crafted and detailed products. Small firms who from a distance create things that may look everyday, but upon examination communicate subtle intelligence and uncommon sensitivity to our daily experience.

Designers will present projects, and explore cultural difference and likeness through conversation.  Paris and New York share histories of liberty, luxury, poverty, immigration, and national identity. Through the lens of respective metropolis, themes will include the modernist promise, the disappearing middle class, future thinking and daily practice. As a French expatriate based in New York, design curator and strategist, Laetitia Wolff has graciously offered to join our conversation as well as interpret language.


Jean-François Dingjian + Eloi Chafaï (Normal Studio)

Francois Azambourg (François Azambourg Works)

Sigi Moeslinger+Masamichi Udagawa (Antenna Design )

Jeff Miller (Jeff Miller Design)

Moderator and Organizer:

Rama Chorpash (Director of Product Design, Parsons The New School for Design, School of Constructed Environments)

Design Interpreter:

Laetitia Wolff (Future Flair)

This event is made possible by the generous support of The Cultural Services of the French Embassy / Maison Française

18 November, Thursday 6 -8 PM.

Wollman Hall, 5th floor, 65 West 11th/ 66 West 12th,  NYC

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.