Young Guns 2016
Each year, Curbed issues a public call for Young Guns: emerging talents who challenge the status quo of the design industry. The pool of talented designers reflects today's diverse, and ever-changing, environment. Here, now, meet the seven winners of the 2016 Young Gun awards. Read all their profiles: http://bit.ly/1TlrVWo
- •Jose Sanchez"I'm originally trained as an architect and only after several years of study and research, I decided to go back to an interest of mine, video games," says Jose Sanchez. "I felt that there was a chance to combine ideas of architecture and games in a way that could have positive impact." Called Block'hood, Sanchez's game encourages players to think about issues related to power, life cycles, food production, and development to create an ecological balance. Photo by Nicholas Haggard.
- •Jake Levine and Zoe Salditch of Electric ObjectsAccording to co-founder Jake Levine, the most rewarding part of Electric Objects, a New York City startup that created a new way to display digital art, is working with a team that is "100 percent committed to this insane vision of using technology to bring an artful, quiet, experience into the home." Photography by Ball&Albanese.
- •Tiffany Chu of RemixWith the creation of Remix, a program that draws from open-source libraries, maps, and data sets to show new transportation options for cities, SF resident Tiffany Chu, 27, gave urban planners a game-changing tool. "There’s a whole set of opportunities to show the tradeoffs and benefits of different transportation options, and help city officials be better planners. We’re just starting with transportation. There are so many ways technology can empower city planners." Photo by Carlos Chavarría.
- •Colin WesteindeColin Westeinde—who's been living in Providence, Rhode Island, while attending RISD—wants his furniture to be infused with the practicality and mobility of high-performance gear, fit for the nomadic millennial population, and his next collaboration, a core kit of transformable, heirloom-quality pieces, aims to be a durable, and beautiful, Ikea alternative. Photography by Christopher Churchill.
- •Danielle ArpsThe 32-year-old, New York City-based interior designer has made a name for herself designing the offices of startup companies. "The startup typology that I cater to is very much a niche in itself, but I consider interior design, in general, an artwork we live in. It affects how we live and function everyday and can have a huge impact on our overall happiness." Photography by Ball&Albanese.
- •Karie Reinertson and Rob Maddox of Shelter"Our practice [in Asheville, North Carolina] arose from being in a community of generalists where people's lives as designers was indistinguishable from their lives as people. Whether it was designing a garden or a timber frame, the approach was always through the lens of art and design. We embrace the view that designed objects and spaces are actually the things that shake out of a life well lived. We enjoy working with people that embrace that as well." Photo by Aaron Greene.
- •Philip and Katlyn Mast of Hedge House FurnitureDuring his freshman year of college, Philip Mast, the 35-year-old founder of Indiana's Hedge House Furniture, had a course next to the furniture design department. "That was my first introduction to it, and it gave me an appreciation for creating things, that were utilitarian and have a physical presence in the home, as opposed to being an advertisement or something on paper." Photography by Debbie Carlos