Each year, Open House New York works with the talented designers at PS New York to create a special cover image for the Open House New York Weekend Event Guide, one that connects OHNY with the living city.
This year, we took inspiration from the classic neon signs that animate shop fronts and store windows across New York. To fabricate our very own neon sign, we turned to the masters at Lite Brite Neon, a collective in Gowanus specializing in the production of neon art, display, and architectural lighting. Described as “the darlings of artists and designers,” Lite Brite has worked with an impressive range of collaborators, from artists such as Agnes Denes, Glenn Ligon, and Assume Vivid Astro Focus, to companies like Apple, Bergdorf Goodman, and DKNY.
Once we had a sign, we needed somewhere to hang it, and our new friends at A/D/O were kind enough to play host. Set to open later this year in a 23,000 square-foot Greenpoint warehouse, A/D/O is a new design center in North Brooklyn’s Industrial Business Zone. Renovated by nARCHITECTS, A/D/O will create a new environment tailored for design professionals — yet open to all — that will stimulate and inspire interdisciplinary collaboration while offering resources and a platform for developing talent.
All we needed then was the brilliant eye of photographer Christopher Payne, who captured the photo featured on this year’s cover.
Tour the cover! A/D/O and Lite Brite Neon will both open to the public during this year’s OHNY Weekend. Information about dates and times will be available with the release of the OHNY Weekend Event Guide.
The 2016 OHNY Weekend Event Guide will be available beginning October 5 as a free download on www.ohny.org, and as a free insert in Time Out New York, available at all TONY street distribution locations and at select distribution sites in all five boroughs. More details to be announced.
Photos: cover by Christopher Payne; neon bending photos courtesy of Lite Brite; A/D/O courtesy of the site; and process photos courtesy of PS New York.