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Pratt Pop-up! A fixture at Dekalb Market 


Pratt Pop-up! at Dekalb Market during a reception for a collaboration between Designing Hope, a company in the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation, and Tilonia, a line of artisan goods produced by women in Rajasthan, India. Designing Hope was founded by Pratt graduates Ashley Thorfinnson (M.I.D. ’11) and Sahar Gaheri (M.I.D. ’11).

Pratt is taking part in Dekalb Market, an exciting new venture designed to showcase Brooklyn artists and entrepreneurs and provide them with space to sell their latest creations. Located in the heart of downtown Brooklyn, Dekalb Market is made up of salvaged shipping containers, each of which houses a different Brooklyn-based company.

In one of those containers Pratt has created Pratt Pop-up! Pratt's container is amazingly transformed with eco-friendly materials and gives students, faculty, and alumni a chance to show and sell their designs—from furniture and housewares to jewelry and clothing.

The first Pop-up! was dedicated to start-up companies from the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation. The work in Pratt Pop-up! will change regularly through December 2012.

“Pratt Pop-up! allows our entrepreneurial alumni and students a firsthand experience in retail and gives Pratt a place to show off the work of our world-class faculty,” says Deb Johnson, who is leading the Pop-up! space.

Dekalb Market is a joint venture of developers Urban Space and Youngwoo & Associates, whose principal partner is Pratt Trustee Young Woo (B. Arch. ’80). The Pratt Pop-up! at Dekalb Market is open seven days a week, from 8 AM to 10 PM daily. For more, click here!

To apply for a spot in the Pop-up! contact debjohnson@pratt.edu for an application.

Text: Kate Ünver
Photos: Courtesy of Ashley Thorfinnson (M.I.D. '11)

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Great idea, local artists had a chance to showcase their skills.
August 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRynek Surowcow

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