NYIT Students Headed to Milan

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NYIT’s School of Architecture and Design has been invited to Milan, Italy at the one of the world’s most exclusive design and furniture fairs. The Salone Satellite exhibition will be held in Milan beginning on April 17 and finishing up on April 22.  This is the largest fair of its kind, showing 2,700 exhibitors in 2011 which included some of the best up and coming designers. Last year’s show brought in 329,000 visitors and top designers and companies.

A team of nine students accompanied by alumni and faculty will be representing NYIT’s booth.  The nine students range from second year to graduate, giving NYIT a chance to represent the school almost across the board. The feature of NYIT’s booth will be a prototype chaise lounge designed by Barbara Schoenenberger, a fourth year student. The booth will also have video displays showcasing NYIT’s achievements in architecture and design such as the U.S.S. Intrepid project and designs in Costa Rica.

To give more than nine students an opportunity to make their mark in Milan or beyond, the students and faculty came up with an idea to tie in a technology aspect.  NYIT’s name will go further than just Italy with the creation of bike reflectors to hand out at the booth.  These aren’t just any old reflector though.  They are pieces of a graffiti puzzle with NYIT’s logo and a number.  Once a visitor has a reflector they will be able to plug in the code on the back on a website created specifically for this event and see where their graffiti piece fits into a large mural painted by professional graffiti artists. “The booth draws upon some icons of New York City for inspiration,” said Martha Siegel, Chair of the Department of Interior Design.  A rather clever and creative idea to help NYIT reach a more global audience.

The exhibition in Milan is a once in a lifetime chance for design schools across the globe, and is an honor that NYIT will be able to showcase our student’s top notch work.

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