Space of the Week: Model Citizens’ Collective Genius

The city has been buzzing with New York Design Week events. But some of the best showings took place at 52 Mercer Street, in a gallery space occupied by the collective Model Citizens NYC. Seen here, the expansive venue offers a rare glimpse of what Soho lofts used to look like”long before the developers and gentrifiers took over. Raw brick walls and exposed beams provided the ideal setting for Leah Piepgras’s striking bed with “consummation sheets.” In the distance, you can see Daniel Moyer’s traffic-cone orange “Evacuation Equipment Armoire.” Photo: Wendy Goodman

This table-and-chair set, designed by Moyer, features graffiti-esque laminate on wood. Photo: Wendy Goodman

Everybody puts on their party clothes for Design Week, even Moyer’s poodle/intern. His other poodle has his own website. Photo: Wendy Goodman

Artists and couple Scott Taylor and Sylvia Heisel created this massive guest book for visitors to sign. They also fashioned a tape installation downstairs that recalled their kitchen, featured in New York Magazine’s spring 2011 Home Design issue on “Extreme Décor.” Photo: Wendy Goodman

Attention, store buyers! Emilie Kröner dreamed up these inspired centerpieces for her company Piselli Projects. They’re wild and wonderful but also functional. Photo: Wendy Goodman

Here, Emilie’s husband, designer Bart Van Heesch of Van Heesch Design, has taken the ho-hum metal-slatted window shade and reimagined it like a plane of shimmering fish scales. Photo: Wendy Goodman

It takes on an especially magical quality when light streams in. Photo: Wendy Goodman

This Soft-Map quilt of the Chesapeake Bay was designed by Emily Fischer for Haptic Lab. Fischer can customize the colors as well as the featured region or city. Quilts start at $450. Photo: Wendy Goodman

Space of the Week: Model Citizens’ Collective Genius