There is ICFF, There is Wanted Design, and Then There Was the Salon des Refusés

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In 1863 Édouard Manet and James McNeil Whistler had their work rejected by the Paris Salon, which was the official juried arbiter of French art. So they founded The Salon des Refusés, French for “exhibition of rejects”. In 2012 this past weekend, a couple of designers whose work was rejected by the Wanted Design took to the streets, in the middle of the road opposite the Apple store at 14th Street and 9th Avenue, in the trendy meatpacking and High Line district. Sabine of Mocoloco and I visited on Sunday. From a TreeHugger point of view, it was the greenest show in town.

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The dominant piece was the Whiskey Neat bar, complete with a delicious bourbon. Designed by John Pellighelli from red spruce and tongue and groove flooring.

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No show this year would be complete without a pallet design, occupied here by the artist, Mairo Notton of Nottondesign.com.

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Perhaps the drift bench by Radek was a bit rugged for the uptown aesthetes.

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But there was nothing rugged about this bench on the boardwalk, made from the Coney Island boardwalk by Scott Peltzer.

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Nice shape to this coffee table by Matt Hogan of Reliquary Studio, made from red spruce and treated with black pine tar and linseed oil.

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All in all, a nice bit of guerrilla design theater, taking it to the streets in a very public and accessible way. Good for them. The jury here:

Salon des refuses/Promo image

Not much more at Salon Des Refuses website.

Tags: ICFF/ New York Design Week | New York City | Urban Life