Neal Feay Raises the Bar (literally) for the WestEdge DJ Booth

Photo by Alex Blair

Photo by Alex Blair

We could not be more pleased to announce that the “EXO”, an exquisite structure designed by Doris Sung of DOSU Studio Architecture, engineered by ARUP Engineering and fabricated by Neal Feay Company, will be featured at this year’s edition of WestEdge serving as the official DJ tower.

About Neal Feay:
Neal Feay Studio is the global leader in creative aluminum with over 60 years experience in cutting edge manufacturing technology and design. The third generation, Santa Barbara-based company has collaborated with an expansive list of top-tier artists, architects, designers and manufacturers over the years.

About the EXO:
The materials used to build this 8’ high structure include thermobimetal, aluminum and steel. Thermobimetal is a lamination of two alloys of metals with different coefficients of expansion. When heated, the “smart” material curls. This natural behavior is beneficial during construction because it enables a person to assemble the project with minimal effort and danger. With no mechanical force required, a single person can assemble the surface with a single hand. Each individual piece is heated in a conventional oven to about 350 degrees Farenheit, the point with optimal geometric curl, then simply held into position until it cools. As the piece cools and returns to its flattened state, it is prematurely locked into place, forming a tensioned bow-beam (imagine an archer’s bow). When distributed in a field of bows on a cylindrical type of surface, the result is an extremely strong and lightweight shell, much like the exo-skeleton of a lobster or crustacean. The surface is held in tension with no connection hardware.

About DOSU Studio Architecture:
Doris Sung, principal at DOSU in Los Angeles, finds inspiration in biology to improve the performance of building skins. She applies “smart” geometries to “smart” materials, such as thermobimetals, to make “smart” building skins. Her TED talk is nearing one million views.

The music from our resident DJ Matthew Rubino will sound even better emanating from the top of this extraordinary sculpture located prominently on the show floor. See the brilliantly designed EXO in person at this year’s edition of WestEdge!

We’re Gearing Up for a Week of Great Design in NYC with WantedDesign

We’re excited to be a partner of this year’s WantedDesign! If you’re in NYC next week for the design celebration that is NYCxDESIGN, The City’s 11-day festival that showcases New York as a dynamic and unique design destination, please make sure to add WantedDesign to your must-attend event schedule.

Our friends Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat launched WantedDesign in 2011. Since its launch, the event has established itself as a premier creative destination for the international design community and will again bring together national and international participants for a vibrant four day experience. The show will offer innovative installations, memorable products, a pop-up store, interactive experiences, convivial lounges, thought-provoking student workshops, engaging discourse and more.

This year adds a fresh direction with programs that follow the daily themes of Design Around the World, Designing, Making, Transforming, and What’s Next in the U.S.A.?, with each day featuring supporting conversations. In addition to the “Conversation Series” co-presented by Metropolis Magazine, the show features nearly 60+ exhibitors, including several of our favorites such as DWR, Egg Collective, David Trubridge, and Blackbody. For the full list of exhibitors, click here.

Located in the exceptional landmark Terminal Stores building on 11th Avenue, WantedDesign promises to be a highlight of our week back in NYC. The event, which runs May 16-19, is free to the trade (registration required); general public tickets are $20 online or  $25 at the door.

For more information, please visit: www.wanteddesignnyc.com