See Change NY
See Change NYC works with a variety of leading designers and NEW, a job training program, to give old city furniture a new life. NEW's trainees are all women learning skilled trades such as woodworking, carpentry and metal working, and will serve as the labor force to refurbish furniture, as guided by designers.
David Weeks redesigned old wooden benches from a Bronx probation center. After a prototype was created it was brought to NEW's Brooklyn workshop. Once there, job trainees replicated the changes on other pieces and then it was returned to the center. The goal of NEW is to create a furniture factory: a warehouse, filled with old and outdated furniture, where designers re-imagine existing furniture and NEW job trainees complete the redesigns to create brand new pieces.
See Change NYC is a joint Mayoral/Department of Design and Construction initiative. Their mission is to improve the places where the most vulnerable New Yorkers come for critical city services. Top designers, manufacturers and creatives are donating their services and products to get the program off the ground. Their donation of time and energy on the project has, in turn, caused city agencies to simultaneously make other necessary improvements in staff, program and operations. For more information check out this artice in metropolismag.com.
- Photography by Albert Vecerka/Esto