Fast Company named them the “Most Innovative Architecture Firm in the World” in 2014, the Smithsonian/Cooper Hewitt awarded them with the “National Design Award for Architecture” in 2009, which is to say, we were thrilled and honored to participate in SHoP’s monthly creative art talk series.
Located on the 11th floor of the Woolworth Building, SHoP's office nails that balance between the playful and the serious, embedding its walls with personality and history alongside pin up boards of presentations and inspiration. Pass the museum worthy collection of spotter model airplanes, and the slick white bar, replete with iced coffee and beer on tap no less, is SHoP's main lounge area and art talk "main stage."
And while they build beautiful spaces and seem to be reshaping the very skyline of New York City, what's so fascinating about the firm is how they work. That their process is very much about redefining the process itself, creating their own tools to address the challenges they face and how their multidisciplinary roots have not only informed their practice but been part of its success.
For our talk, we wanted to give a little nod to this multi-disciplinarianism and teamed up with experience designer, Emilie Baltz, who creates, "playful and unconventional work that moves people to discover new worlds one lick, suck, bite, sniff, and gulp at a time" to examine the range and breadth of "experiential design" from two very different designers of interaction.