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PRATT DINING SPACE Voted Best In Show at Annual AIDS RESEARCH Fundraiser

Marion Curtis/Star Pix (Dining environment), Courtesy of Anthony CaradonnaPratt Institute’s installation was one of two dining environments—among 46 on display by the nation’s top designers—to be voted “Best of Show” by the American Society of Interior Designers at the Design Industries Fighting AIDS’ (DIFFA) DINING BY DESIGN gala dinner last month. The event was held in Manhattan in conjunction with the Architectural Digest Home Show, an annual design trade show. 

The Pratt students' low cost, one-of-a kind dining space featuring cardboard cut-outs and other recycled materials was the work of Professor Anthony Caradonna’s (B. Arch. ’86) annual fall semester sustainable design studio open to undergraduate architecture students.

Caradonna says his team was inspired by DIFFA’s mission to design a dining space that would express the love for life that binds the human family. Based on the concept of weaving a nest, the Pratt dining environment braids together the reclaimed, neglected, discarded everyday materials at hand—cardboard boxes, paper tubes, plastic, plywood, rope, and reclaimed metal chair frames—into a textile of woven geometries that creates a protective shelter.

The design was accomplished with the help of mentor Alfredo Paredes of Ralph Lauren.

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As part of your history program why don't you honor Frank Mullins, one your best illustration graduates of the 50's?

April 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterANTHONY MENICHELLI

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