NEW YORK–Parsons The New School for Design will explore the future of interior design and look back at a pivotal moment in its history with the exhibition Radical Shifts: Reshaping the Interior at Parsons, 1955-1985 (March 23-April 8) and the symposium Aftertaste: Immaterial Environments (April 1-2). Both events will take place at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons.
Aftertaste is an annual symposium dedicated to the critical review of interior design. It is organized by Parsons’ MFA in interior design, which graduates its first class of students this spring. At this year’s Aftertaste, a series of presenters including American installation artist Robert Irwin and Swiss architect Philippe Rahm will consider how the immaterial qualities of our surroundings affect our psychological and physiological experiences of interior space. Other participants include Lisa Heschong, author of Thermal Delight in Architecture and an authority in the benefits of daylighting; Alexander Wunsch, an expert in vibrational medicine and photobiology; and Natalija Subotincic, an architecture professor at the University of Manitoba who explores the realm between the psyche and physical space.