Design Museum Boston unveils Spring Pattern Walk

Korn Design was honored to be invited to participate in Design Museum Boston’s spring Pattern Walk, designing a piece to be on display in Channel Park as part of the Urban Innovation Program.

On April 25th, Design Museum Boston unveiled its Spring Pattern Walk, an installation of five patterned structures in Channel Park. This exhibit is only the first portion of the multi-year Urban Innovation Program, which works to demonstrate how the livability of a place can be enriched by design. Korn Design was asked to produce a pattern which would wrap one of the structures in the installation. The Korn project team, Designer, Alex Barbosa and Project Manager Sara Joyner, with support by visiting design intern Jack Milburn and Principal, Denise Korn, worked together to create their own pattern inspired by Boston’s neighborhoods, intricately intertwined by the rows and swirls of a conceptual map and linked by a highlighted path meant to symbolize the many routes of urban exploration. The finished product reflects the walkable nature of Boston’s distinct structure and celebrates the variety of life and culture contained by the beautiful linear pattern of city streets. This project was especially exciting for Korn Design, as the company has a long history of community engagement as well as a love of our own neighborhood, the South End. The exhibit, can be viewed now through August 1st in Channel Park.



Korn goes “Inside Out”

Korn Design participated in a portrait installation in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood community as part of enigmatic artist JR’s global Inside Out Project. Since March of 2011, nearly 200,000 people in 112 countries have engaged in the project, from Pakistan to Ecuador to Haiti to Thailand. These large-scale photos are displayed in public areas where anyone is invited to view the installation for free. Learn more about the Inside Out Project at http://www.insideoutproject.net.


Kudos to Boston Properties for Having the Vision

Among the many reasons we love working with Boston Properties is their willingness to be bold with their vision- like the ability to see how acclaimed artist JR could use their iconic Back Bay tower as the canvas for this stunner public art installation, and moreover, foresee how embracing public art within our urban landscape can engage a community with new energy and delight. At Korn Design, we’re big fans of public art as a point of civic pride, and we’re glad to be wowed right in our own backyard.


Troy Boston Welcomes Its South End Neighbors + Friends

In classic Gerding Edlen Style, with craft shandies in hand, and city views for miles, Korn Design celebrated alongside Gerding Edlen friends at the swish Opening Party for Troy Boston on September 9, 2015. Dubbed one of the brightest stars of the “constructionpalooza” that’s transforming the South End, Troy Boston showed off its modern classic sensibilities with a city-styled celebration featuring food + drink from Chef Ming Tsai in the Penthouse, a DJ-driven Dance Party on the Pool Deck and unforgettable views of the Boston cityscape from the 20th Floor Roof Deck. Weaving together this magical night was (not surprisingly) the talented Lynne Kortnehaus of Boston’s own Kortenhaus Communications. Viewings + tours of the model units proved that beauty is more than skin deep here: served by a friendly, attuned staff, layouts are both amenity-rich and eco savvy.  A vibrant collection of public art by local Boston and South End artists was curated and commissioned by Lynne Kortenhaus and is infused from top right down to the wall mural in the tower bike room which hosts the first commissioned piece by the newly anointed Youth Design Studio. Youth Design is one of Troy Boston’s South End community partners which makes its founder, Denise Korn, smile wide. Stay tuned for the next collaboration on the Boston skyline between Gerding Edlen and Korn Design next year!


This Way Forward!

Embodying the trailblazing spirit of Boston’s new Innovation District, The Envoy Hotel arrived in late June 2015 as a bold modern stamp of independence on the Waterfront District’s map. Korn Design led the charge, creating an immersive brand experience true to the Envoy’s abiding watchwords, “This Way Forward.” Part homage to the creative community that surrounds it, part ode to the inspirational neighborhood it calls home, The Envoy Hotel ascends—a new genre of hospitality cast in a very original way.

Rita hits a fast ball

Grand Opening of The Base

New headquarters for The Base are a home run.

We took a field trip to visit the new space for this amazing organization, which includes classrooms, larger meeting spaces and professional-grade indoor batting cages!

The Base uses the power and passion of sports to transform the lives of urban youth by providing opportunity, education, training and encouragement to reach their fullest potential. With this new space, they’re sure to hit their goals way out of the park.


Denise Korn, "Changing the Face of Design"

AIGA Centennial 100 years of Design

Denise Korn, AIGA Fellow, was among those invited by the national design organization to create a visual statement celebrating 100 years of design.

In celebration of it’s 100th Birthday, AIGA- the professional organization for design, invited 100 design leaders from across the country to each pick a year from the past 100 years that has personal meaning to them and design a piece that captures it for them.

Celebrated designers from across the United States were asked to select one year from AIGA’s history and create a social, political or cultural statement.

Denise selected 2003, the year she founded Youth Design, as a powerful catalyst to inspire young inner city high school students to enter the design field, literally changing the face of the design community.

The piece, created in collaboration with senior designer Jeshurun Webb, plays off of Victorian England’s classical silhouettes and creates a sampling of actual Youth Designer’s silhouettes.

The pieces were unveiled at the AIGA Centennial Gala in New York City.

To view the complete collection visit http://www.aiga.org/celebrating-AIGA-1914-2014/

Winter on the Wharf under the Rotunda

It’s a Wonderful Winter on the Wharf

The Boston Harbor Hotel and Korn Design combine to provide Bostonians with the perfect remedy for the winter blues.

There’s no denying a Boston winter’s bombardment of blizzards and deep freezes. This weather makes it easy to forget why it’s called “the most wonderful time of the year.” Boston Harbor Hotel’s Winter on the Wharf does a good job reminding us of the joys to be had with a season filled with fun and festivities, including a fabulous skating rink under their iconic rotunda at Rowes Wharf.

Korn Design worked with the Boston Harbor Hotel to create an elegant visual identity that celebrates the season, through a hand-lettered logotype that flutters on a 50 ft. banner suspended above the rink. The typography was inspired the lace arabesques of skate tracks on ice. Korn also helped develop the season’s programming, produced a print ad and transformed the palette of offerings into a playful printed calendar distributed throughout the hotel and surrounding neighborhoods.

The first flakes turned Boston into a snow globe for Winter on the Wharf’s opening ceremony in December. Ribbon was cut, skaters took to the ice and Korn Design was in attendance to celebrate the season of events and the unveiling of the visual identity. With a backdrop like this, the spirits were as warm as the cocoa. The seasonal crowds and cocktails (and Santa!) filled the hotel with a festive coziness that is difficult to forget.

Ad Club’s Rosoff Award

Youth Design’s Founder and Executive Director Denise Korn was honored with the Mentor of the Year Award at the Ad Club’s 17th Annual Rosoff Awards.

The prestigious Rosoff Awards program annually recognizes Boston-area companies devoted to building an inclusive workplace environment, or are committed to supporting diversity, mentoring, and inclusion programs.3

Denise Korn and Javier Cortés posing for 50 on Fire finalist photoshoot!

50 on Fire

Korn Design nominated as a design finalist for Bostinno.com’s 50 on Fire for 2013.

Korn Design is honored to have been nominated for Bostinno.com’s 50 on Fire. Korn Design attended Bostinno.com’s big event at the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in the Seaport District. Categories of nominees ranged from media to healthcare to education to design. We were proud to represent the design category among esteemed peers. What does “being on fire” mean? To us, being ahead of the curve.

See more here.

Images collected from Bostinno.com and from PrettyInstant.com.

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