2011 Irene Neuwirth

photo Patrick McMullan

Fibulae:: | Irene Neuwirth‘s Pop Up Store | NYC | Sept. 29 – Oct. 12 2011
Address: 57 Walker street, NYC

Design & computation: MARC FORNES & THEVERYMANY,LLC ©2011

photo by Evan Joseph

photo by Evan Joseph

photo by Evan Joseph

photo by Evan Joseph

Fibulae:: As forms of personal adornment, manifesting itself as brooches, rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, jewelry has been associated for millennia as timeless forms of luxury and collectables. Evolving by way of varying treatments and techniques, technology has played an instrumental role in developing fine jewelry as items of modern luxury and sophistication. Similarly, THEVERYMANY is proposing Fibulae as a digitally fabricated architectural sensibility of high intricacy performing as an embroidered symbolic brooch, showcasing the vibrant multicolor collection of Irene Neuwirth. The precise metal-stone balance of fine gemstones is present when turquoise, emerald and lapis are interlaced within intricate golden lattice of Fibulae as timeless collectable jewelry, the ultimate statement in modern luxury. This delicate embrace of jewels and golden lace is achieved through a network of interlacing tubes finished with floral like openings that embrace the fine jewelry collection for exhibition.

Design team: Marc Fornes (Principal), Jeffrey Quantz, Dustin Mattiza, Pablo Iriarte, Molly Baum…
Custom computation: Marc Fornes in Python & Rhinocommon
Digital fabrication: Ken Tracy (Visiting Assistant Professor, DILab Supervisor), John Dolci (Fabrication Manager), Austin Chod, Christian Clerc, Jaymon Diaz, Christina Galati, Daniel Katebini-Stengel, Li, Zhihuang, Jordan Smith, Brendan Willis, Brendan Wittstruck, Yu, Duo
Assembly team: Feeras Shawesh, Anne Feldman, Tali Cheses, Najwa Doughman, Emily Mak, Hugh Lavghlin, Soo Jung Yoo, Tyler Hardie, Tatum Lau, Viktoria Wang, Leonardo Garcia, Austin Smith, John Redington, …/…
Production: Boffo (Faris Faris Al-Shathir + Gregory Sparks)
Material sponsor: Architectural Systems


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Irene Neuwirth Jewelry (link)

Irene Neuwirth (link) is an independent, fine jewelry company based in Los Angeles. Founded in 2003 by designer Irene Neuwirth, the company has emerged as a leading jewelry brand in the US, recognized by its uniquely modern and sophisticated designs. Irene’s collections are widely anticipated season to season by a fashion-forward and discriminating clientele, who have come to expect a line that delivers a precise balance between timeless, collectable jewelry and the ultimate statement in modern luxury. The jewelry is worn by some of the most beautiful women in the world, including Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, and Reese Witherspoon. In 2006, Irene was the recipient of the Town & Country Couture Design Editors’ Choice Award at the Couture Jewelry Collection & Conference. In 2008, Irene was a finalist for the coveted CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund, the pre-eminent honor for young American fashion designers. In 2009, she became a member of the CFDA.

THEVERYMANY wins BOFFO Building Fashion 2011 Design Competition! (link)

BOFFO (link) conducted a worldwide competition in partnership with Architizer (link) in search of worldclass architects to pair with innovative fashion designers. A BOFFO organized jury which included BOFFO, Architizer and industry leaders DS&R’s Charles Renfro, Archi-Tectonic’s Winka Dubbledam, Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Robert Hammond, and others reviewed all submissions and selected this year’s finalists.

With founding partner Supima, BOFFO Building Fashion designers will produce limited edition pieces made of Supima cotton to be sold exclusively through BOFFO and on location.  M∙A∙C Cosmetics is a proud sponsor of BOFFO Building Fashion and will be presenting the Nicola Formichetti + Gage/Clemenceau installation.

Each architect’s collaboration will transform 57 Walker Street in New York City into an original retail environment, rotating every two weeks, to showcase designs on par with the caliber and prestige demonstrated by the supporting fashion designer. Winning architects are awarded $20,000 to build and realize their vision. Retail installations will be produced in part with Architectural Systems materials. Throughout Fall 2011, you can visit the amazing architectural transformations taking place at the BOFFO Building Fashion Tribeca location generously donated by Mordy Lipkis with the assistance of commercial brokerage firm Lansco.

BOFFO (link) is a non-profit arts and culture organization based in New York City. Our goal is to present Art and Design to the public through exhibitions and events while creating opportunities for artists and designers to explore a subject matter that educates and informs the public. BOFFO uses temporary locations, constantly moving, redefining both physical and theoretical parameters, and challenging its artists with new opportunities. Every location invites a different audience to participate in BOFFO’s activities, giving each event a unique, environment-specific, characteristic.

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Architectural Systems, Inc. (link) , established as a leading international distributor of architectural and sustainable materials, Architectural Systems, Inc. (ASI) is recognized by the design industry for its collective eye on “WHAT’S NEXT®.” ASI’s distinctive brand-name collections offer fresh, innovative solutions for commercial interiors and are streamlined into five categories: ASI Wood Panels, ASI Flooring, ASI Decorative Surfaces, ASI Specialty Products and ASI Display and Furniture. The company’s products are confidently specified by the foremost architecture and design firms and installed globally in major retail, entertainment, hospitality, corporate, healthcare, education and institutional projects.
As part of Architectural Systems’ ongoing commitment to the environment, they are proud members of the USGBC (US Green Building Council) and affiliated with American Forests Global Relief campaign, planting two trees for every one harvested. They have been rewarded with a chain-of-custody certification from Scientific Certification Systems, following the guidelines of the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). Architectural Systems is also a member of the Hospitality Industry Network (NEWH), Association for Retail Environments (A.R.E.), the Retail Design Institute; International Interior Design Association (IIDA) NY Chapter, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Partnership Perks, and the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA).Visit the 5,000-sq.-ft. showroom in New York City’s Chelsea Design Center, or view the website for the full line of interior finishes.

Supima (link) is America’s luxury cotton and the founding partner for BOFFO Building Fashion: The Supima brand designates a special variety of Pima cotton grown only in the Western U.S. It is sought the world over by designers and retailers who prize its softness, strength, and brilliant color.

M·A·C (Make-up Art Cosmetics) (link), a leading brand of professional cosmetics, was created in Toronto, Canada in 1984 and is part of The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. The company’s popularity has grown through a tradition of word-of-mouth endorsement from makeup artists, models, photographers and journalists around the world. M·A·C is now sold in 76 countries worldwide. Become M·A·C fan at

Architizer (link) is the revolutionary platform for architecture on the internet. An open network of architects, firms, fans, and projects, Architizer has created a database that spans the world in scope. Launched in November 2009, the site now contains the work of 6,400 international firms and 30,000 individuals joining over 300,000 active users on Facebook.

Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc, (CFDA) (link) is a not-for-profit trade association that leads industry-wide initiatives and whose membership consists of more than 370 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, which recognize the top creative talent in the industry, the organization offers programs which support professional development and scholarships, including the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholar Award, the Liz Claiborne Scholarship Award, and the CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship. Member support is provided through the Business Services Network, a high-profile group of companies offering designers strategic opportunities.

The Lansco Corporation (link) , founded in 1965, is a New York-based full service real estate firm providing strategic advisory, sales and leasing services to the commercial office and retail marketplace. Mordy Lipkis’ company, which owns 6 stores on Walker Street, has with Lansco’s assistance, has been developing Walker Street in Tribeca into a high end fashion & home decor destination. The firm represents national and international tenants as well as major developers and landlords. Lansco is active throughout the United States and in over 80 international markets worldwide.


BOFFO architecture/fashion events:

Nicola Formichetti | September 8 – 21
Architects: Gage/Clemenceau Architects

Irene Neuwirth | September 29 – October 12

Patrik Ervell | October 20 – November 2
Architect: Graham Hudson

The Lake & Stars | November 10 – 23
Architect: SOFTlab

Ohne Titel | December 1 – 14


Key Words: Digital Fabrication, Fablab, Mass customization, Massive Customization, CNC, Aluminum, Installation, Pavilion, Architecture, Network, Computation, Scripting, Script, Python, Rhino, Agent based, System, Marc Fornes, THEVERYMANY, Boffo, Building Fashion, Irene Neuwirth, Jewelry, Fashion, Shop design, 2011
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