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37 minutes | Sep 29, 2022
Shaped By Nature With Kickie Chudikova and Sara Bengur
On this episode of The Mic, host Debbie Millman interviews product designer Kickie Chudikova and interior designer Sara Bengur in front of a live audience of New York City creatives for this special season opener. From the vibrant colors of Kickie's childhood kitchen in Slovakia, to Sara's advice on which direction your bed should face according to the Vastu tradition, join us for a jam-packed episode all about nature's influence on the design process. This live recording of The Mic was part of a special celebration of Caesarstone and NYCxDESIGN's initiative, the IMPACTxDESIGN competition. Kickie Chudikova's winning design, Spiral of Life, is an undulating, experimental seating installation manufactured using Caesarstone quartz, now on view in DUMBO's Pedestrian Plaza.
33 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
Design for Community
On May 13 during the Festival, NYCxDESIGN teamed up with the Kohler Experience Center by Best Plumbing Supply to host the first-ever live recording of NYCxDESIGN’s The Mic podcast with special talk series “The Responsibility of Design”. Hosted by Debbie Millman with Michael Chen, Principal of Michael K. Chen Architecture and Co-Founder of Design Advocates, and Walei Sabry, Digital Accessibility of NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunication, the third episode focuses on issues around inclusive design and innovative design strategies that can reshape the way we navigate our city.
34 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
Design for Wellbeing
On May 13 during the Festival, NYCxDESIGN teamed up with the Kohler Experience Center by Best Plumbing Supply to host the first-ever live recording of NYCxDESIGN’s The Mic podcast with special talk series “The Responsibility of Design”. Hosted by Debbie Millman with guests Laura Kohler, SVP – HR, Stewardship & Sustainability at Kohler Co., and Suchi Reddy, Founder of Reddymade Architecture & Design, the second episode centers on design led by style and design led by feeling, and how thoughtfully designed spaces impact mental health.
31 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
Design for Environment
On May 13 during the Festival, NYCxDESIGN teamed up with the Kohler Experience Center by Best Plumbing Supply to host the first-ever live recording of NYCxDESIGN’s The Mic podcast with special talk series “The Responsibility of Design”. Hosted by Debbie Millman featuring guests Claire Weisz, Founding Principal of WXY, Jonathan Cropper, Managing Partner and Founder of Futurlogic, and Laura Kohler, SVP – HR, Stewardship & Sustainability at Kohler Co., the first episode of this series explores how designers can reimagine and reinvigorate conversations around sustainability to lead radical change.
4 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
The Responsibility of Design: Introduction by Laura Kohler, Kohler Co.
On May 13 during the Festival, NYCxDESIGN teamed up with the Kohler Experience Center by Best Plumbing Supply to host the first-ever live recording of NYCxDESIGN’s The Mic podcast with special talk series “The Responsibility of Design”. Tune in to hear three new episodes of The Mic, each hosted by Debbie Millman, that present striking discussions about design for environment, wellbeing, and community.
47 minutes | May 8, 2022
Hospitality by Design
From checking in to a hotel, to entering a new restaurant, to booking a reservation, the hospitality design industry is always finding creative ways to draw people in. On this month’s episode of The Mic, guests Little Wing Lee, Design Director of Ace Hotel Group and founder of Black Folks in Design, and Catherine Piccoli, Curatorial Director at the Museum of Food and Drink explore how design influences the ways people come together, with our host Debbie Millman. Touching on everything from food and cultural connectors to ease in public space, Lee and Piccoli discuss the power of storytelling, the relationship between interiors and cuisine, and what it means to design meaningful experiences in today’s world.
54 minutes | Apr 10, 2022
Revitalizing Community through Design
Through community rebuilding projects, distribution of resources, design education, and more, New York City's design community has been a powerful force in our city's recovery. On the latest episode of The Mic, host Debbie Millman speaks with Majora Carter, American urban revitalization strategist and public radio host, and Hana Kassem, Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, to explore how we can continue to instill a sense of community as we work towards rebuilding and revitalizing our city.
46 minutes | Feb 25, 2022
Conscious Design with Timeless Style
On this month’s episode of The Mic, host Debbie Millman is joined by Ouigi Theodore, Creative Director and Founder of menswear brand and boutique The Brooklyn Circus, and Carmen Gama, Director of Circular Design at Eileen Fisher, to explore fashion’s role in urban life and discuss how manufacturing practices, sustainable material sourcing, cross-disciplinary collaborations, creative processes, and storytelling all play a role in the world of fashion design.
51 minutes | Jan 31, 2022
Cross-Country Collaborations and Creative Innovations
In this episode of The Mic, host Debbie Millman is joined by Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, Co-Founders of WantedDesign, and Emilio Cabrero, Partner at C Cubica Arquitectos and Director of Design Week Mexico, to discuss their important work centered around creating opportunities and facilitating connections among local and international members of the design community. We discuss the thoughtful curatorial approaches behind WantedDesign and Design Week Mexico, and explore how each show creates one-of-a-kind environments where new ideas are embraced and international creativity thrives.
47 minutes | Dec 23, 2021
Breaking Barriers through Design
Emerging and independent talent energizes the design community in so many ways–from fresh perspectives and visions, to novel creative expression and objects. On this episode of The Mic, we explore how emerging designers can bring their voices to the spotlight through group exhibitions, building communities and fostering their unique creative sparks. Using their recent NYCxDESIGN Festival exhibitions, CURRENT, Pink Essay's Physical Education Series, and JONALDDUDD, as a guide, guests Marcus DePaula, Matt Pecina and Chris Held chat with our host, Debbie Millman, about their independent design journeys, the experience of curating their shows, and making space for the future generation of designers.
57 minutes | Nov 29, 2021
Designing with Equity at the Forefront
Frameworks that are designed to prioritize equitable opportunity allow our society as a whole to thrive. In this episode of The Mic, host Debbie Millman is joined by Clayton Banks, CEO and Founder of Silicon Harlem, and Richard E. Pelzer II, Founder and CEO of MEGA Personalities as well as Co-Founder of HarlemCLX, to discuss their important work centered around building bridges between resources, communities and people. We discuss how technology and passion for culture can guide our future vision of New York City and beyond.
49 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Envisioning the Future with Visual Design
A powerful tool of protest, identity and expression, visual language is the pinnacle of design possibilities. In this episode of the Mic, guests Paula Scher, New York partner at Pentagram and world-renowned visual designer, and Julian Alexander, Grammy Award-winning art director and founder of Slang Inc., explore how visual design shapes the world around us with our host, Debbie Millman. Drawing on their breadth of design expertise and experiences, Scher and Alexander discuss the timelessness and timeliness of visual language, as well as how graphic design responds to current events. Reflected in their bold designs for NYCxDESIGN's An Ode to NYC poster collection, Scher and Alexander also consider how visual art connects us to New York, and how we can use visual design to envision our future city.
43 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Crisis, Community, and Design
Going beyond its aesthetic value, design can also be an agent of sustainable change in our communities. On the latest episode of the Mic, guests Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator at The Museum of Modern Art in the Department of Architecture & Design, and Sloan Leo, Founder and CEO of FLOX Studio Inc., explore how we can use design to respond to the critical issues around us, with host, Debbie Millman. Through their projects and practices, Antonelli and Leo discuss the ways in which their work is spurring dialogue, centering community-first solutions, and modeling a more equitable vision of Our Future City for all New Yorkers.
49 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
Wellness by Design
Recognizing that the role of design in healthcare is often overlooked, Episode 2 of The Mic explores the creative ways in which contemporary healthcare spaces now use design to create enjoyable and familiar environments for patients and staff alike. Hosted by Debbie Millman with guests Elaine Molinar, Architect and Managing Partner of Snøhetta’s US practice, and Suzen Heeley, Executive Director of Design and Construction at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, we consider what the healthcare spaces of the future will look like in NYC and around the world, making patient-centered health design both special and accessible.
57 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Discovery Driving Design
Kicking off Season 2 of The Mic, Episode 1 explores how design discoveries play a vital role in shaping the future of our cities. Hosted by Debbie Millman with guests Claire Weisz, Co-Founder and Principal-in-Charge of WXY Architecture + Urban Design, and Wendy Goodman, Design Editor at New York Magazine, we consider the many forms that design discoveries take, and how such discoveries impact the NYC landscape. Whether spontaneous or found through meticulous trial and error, new discoveries drive the plot forward in the story of NYC design.
47 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Best of Season 1
While New York City was in the midst of a crisis, NYCxDESIGN created this podcast to examine and celebrate the resilient spirit of our city’s design community. We've had the opportunity to speak with innovative creatives and hear their captivating design perspectives that inspire hope and wonder. Tune in to hear some of the fascinating stories from Season 1 of The Mic.
51 minutes | May 27, 2021
Design for All
Through all the challenges that NYC has faced over the past year, the design community never ceased to innovate and inspire. With exciting new projects and concepts underway, NYC's designers have been instrumental in beginning to rebuild and reopen our city. This collective spirit is personified by the recipients of NYCxDESIGN's Breakout Grant–Matt Tyson of Modos Furniture, Danielle Arps of Artisan Alliance, and Gisue Hariri and Mojgan Hariri of Hariri & Hariri Architecture D.P.C. Join host Debbie Millman in conversation with the three recipients of the Breakout Grant to dive into their innovative projects that give back in more ways than one. Uncover the inspiration behind Matt Tyson's sustainably sourced modular furniture connectors, Danielle Arps' inclusive design mentorship program, and Gisue Hariri's disaster-relief folding pod. Don't miss this uplifting discussion exploring the inspiring projects driving NYC forward.
51 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
How does design enable us to be better stewards of nature? In what ways can designers utilize sustainable and ethical practices in all aspects of their work? Tune in to an eye-opening discussion hosted by Debbie Millman featuring two New Yorkers at the forefront of sustainable design, Laurence Carr and Michael Hirschhorn, on how designers can use their skills and expertise to reduce our carbon footprint and ecological impact on the world.
56 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
How can we advance health and wellness through design? In what ways do built environments, interior spaces, and well-designed experiences foster individual growth and wellbeing? Tune in for a compelling conversation hosted by Debbie Millman featuring two accomplished creative leaders, Winka Dubbeldam and Elliot March, on how we can set new design standards to build a future that cultivates environmental, personal, and communal wellbeing.
52 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Beauty is Everywhere
Can design be a powerful tool to express our belief systems? In what ways can those manifestations impact us, and compel us to look beyond stereotypes? Don't miss a thought-provoking discussion hosted by Debbie Millman featuring two remarkable New York creatives, Kelly Marshall and Liz Collins, on how art and design can enhance our understanding of the diverse connotations of beauty.
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