HUXHUX creates a Platonic Picnic for DIFFA’s Picnic by Design 2014. Chosen to be one of the exclusive designers to create an extra-ordinary picnic experience, HUXHUX embraced the chance to design a fun, ritualistic experience by designing highly specific picnic bags. We don’t like catch-all solutions because New-Yorkers’ lives are too particular. Likewise, each bag has a different function to make a unique picnic experience. The bags are designed to be sold to raise money for the DIFFA charity.
The Square is our workhorse, toting the utensils, food, and a custom made cheese board for a hearty picnic. The Circle is our redux of a traditional picnic blanket, opening and unfurling the picnic blanket from within like a sail of a boat. Generous trays unfold from the circle halves to hold your food and fun. The Triangle is our romantic picnic, carrying wine and glasses in a custom tray. This bag unfolds and turns into a picnic table.
We are inspired by Robert Allen’s Floating Worlds fabrics. We choose to play with the Silk Ocean pattern to capitalize on its graphic and textural nature. Our fascination with this material is displayed in the detail resolution for each bag and the custom tabletop and accessories for this project. The fabric is dreamy yet functional, familiar yet unique, luxurious yet comfortable…all qualities we embrace while thinking of ideal picnic adventures. There’s a fantastical element we associate with “the picnic” that seem all too rare these days. Our Platonic Picnic captures this fantasy to sweep you away. Whether it be an afternoon in Sheep Meadow or a long day in Long Island, The picnic blanket serves as your raft on a floating world.
Project Title: Platonic Picnic
Client: DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS)
Date: August 13, 2014
About HUXHUX Design:
HUXHUX is a design studio dedicated to exceptional architecture, interior design, & furniture. Located in New York City, we strive for smart design that marries art, architecture, and any number of other disciplines that come our way for any given project.
Justin Huxol, founder of HUXHUX, received his M.Arch from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Upon graduating the GSD, he received a Sheldon Traveling Fellowship from Harvard University to study Olympic Legacy in host cities around the world. He has worked professionally with/for Bill Price, MOS-Office, Preston Scott Cohen, Rem Koolhaas at OMA Rotterdam, REX, and William Rawn Associates in Boston. He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in Environmental Studies.
He has 4+ years of experience in design-build here in New York City, with projects ranging from luxury retail to residential to hospitality. This experience provides HUXHUX with expert knowledge in design fabrication of numerous and varied projects. He recently finished co-hosting a show for HGTV, called Shop This Room. The range of scope in terms of design and budget from these varied experiences, coupled with Huxol’s training in architecture, afford a unique position for HUXHUX to operate a full-service design firm to meet the unique demands of New Yorkers seeking exceptional spaces of their own.
Huxol is currently leading HUXHUX Design while teaching Interior Design at Parsons New School for Design.