The installation, a collaboration between Fort Makers and magnetic wallpaper company Visual Magnetics was called “Rockland BBQ”. Taking inspiration by stage sets made by artists over the past century like Pablo Picasso, the installation acts as arts as well as performance — “actors” routinely moved pieces around the set, resulting in an experimental performative installation.
The Milk Stand was outfitted with custom murals and graphics designed by Michael Yarinsky and Civilization. Visual Magnetics turned the design into a interactive playground with cutouts that you can peel off and stick on the walls using their special magnetic textiles. None of this would have been possible without Dropbox and its new platform Paper that helped us all collaborate to bring the Milk Stand to life.
In addition to OFFSITE and the dozen exhibitions and launches that were part of our Sight Unseen Presents project, plus all the shows and projects we covered in our first NYCxDesign story earlier this month, there were so many good things on view last week that in addition to the massive roundup below, we’ll be publishing a couple more stories in the next few days on individual collections. New York Design Week has officially arrived.
No wallflowers here: Magnetic wallpaper company Visual Magnetics teamed up with design collective Fort Makers to create Rockland BBQ, an interactive display that’s more collaborative sculpture than wallcovering. At the Brooklyn-based Industry City outpost of Wanted Design, visitors were encouraged to step into the booth and rearrange the installation’s magnetic textiles to their liking. Fort Makers’s Naomi Clark looked to the work of Jean Dubuffet, David Hockney, and Pablo Picasso for the whimsical, painterly shapes.
Design studio Fort Makers worked with magnetic wallpaper company Visual Magnetics to create this colourful wall installation, taking cues from stage sets designed by artists including Jean Dubuffet and Pablo Picasso. Visitors are invited to play with moving the different magnetic parts to create different compositions.
Wall covering gurus, Visual Magnetics, are no stranger to collaborations, as they’ve worked with the likes of Visibility, Dusen Dusen, and now with Design Milk, where they’ll be a huge part of our Milk Stand Popup shop at this year’s ICFF. Now, they’ve partnered with award-winning designer Jill Malek to launch Forces, a collection of visually stunning wall coverings for the workspace.
It’s funny to think of wall coverings as a productivity tool that you use every day, but that’s what we aim for our products to be,” Deetz says. Visual Magnetics isn’t just an organization tool, Deetz says. It could also help companies “get creative and find a way to integrate some level of brand experience into your office.
Dusen Dusen continually slays the print game bringing their signature, bold patterns to clothing and home goods that inevitably elevate everyone’s mood that comes in contact with them. Just last year, they collaborated on a cool wall installation that merged their dynamic aesthetic with Visual Magnetics’ ModuLayer magnetic wallcoverings and now, they’ve continued the partnership to bring six patterns to life – Checkers, Room, Futurist Flowers, Ink Shapes, Sunset Cut-outs, and Coloring Book.
Did you ever play with Colorforms? We’re getting that OG ‘50s vibe from this collaboration between purveyors of playful pattern Dusen Dusen and Visual Magnetics, which features a magnetic wall and modular design elements for a totally custom look.Visual Magnetics’ ModuLayer wall coverings work with a magnetic primer under a magnetic tile mid-layer that’s then covered with a surface layer in the base pattern. You can then use the magnetic shapes to switch up the look as you see fit. It’s made-to-order to fit your space
In a new collaboration with materials innovation company Visual Magnetics, textile designer Ellen Van Dusen of clothing and home goods brand Dusen Dusen created a series of magnetic wall-coverings sporting her signature bold colors and shapes. Available in six prints, these multi-layer wall-coverings feature magnetic die-cut pieces that you can move around and create ever-changing patterns. For each installation, the Visual Magnetics team will take care of the entire application process, so long as there’s a smooth wall to work with.
I Play No Games is a multimedia art experience that sees free zines exhibited alongside 2D paintings, futuristic screens by Electric Objects, and trippy internet art displayed on the actual walls of Bushwick’s Holyrad Studio. Art Baby teamed up with Visual Magnetics to transform the Holyrad space — which is already activated with Visual Magnetics materials — into an interactive medium itself. Viewers can then become creators by altering the position of magnetic elements from each artwork. Participating artists at the pioneering new show include Ambar Navarro, Signe Pierce, India K, Luisa Rodriguez, and Crystal Zapata.
Students in the Visual Narrative MFA program at New York’s School of Visual Arts have a unique way of turning the walls in their studios into spaces for presentation, creative thinking, and even sketching — Visual Magnetics’ wallcoverings and accessories. Developed with workplaces in mind, the company’s Dynamic Spaces collection repurposes architectural surfaces into learning opportunities with magnetic walls, grids, paper display tools and market holders.
We’ve written before about Visual Magnetics and its retail-related products. But the company also has its Dynamic Spaces collection—magnetic wall materials intended for offices, homes and more. The collection includes dry-erase wall coverings (with grid patterns and more) that go over a series of InvisiLock magnetized tiles. And with the Polarity collection, designed by Visibility, there are pockets, shelves and other tools that can get added to the walls, using no hardware—and they can be moved around at will. This collection seems like a very useful extension to the product family.
Polarity Collection is a line of minimalist accessories created by New York-based designers Visibility for Visual Magnetics. While most accessories require hardware to attach to a wall, Visual Magnetics allow users to attach accessories to their high-performance magnetic primer and wallpaper. Highlighting the company’s custom-engineered InvisiLock system, the accessories sit freely, yet locked onto the wall surface, and held horizontally by the polarities.
The Best of New York Design Week 2016
With New York Design Week in full swing across the city, we thought we’d take a moment to appreciate exhibitions, booths, and installations that have made an outsize visual impact. From seating at last week’s Collective Design Fair to foliage at Wanted Brooklyn and colorful booths at Sight Unseen OFFSITE, here are the ‘grams that will whet your appetite for more.
Visual Magnetics, who recently teamed up with Dusen Dusen to create a movable modular wall coverings, introduced the wonderfully useful ‘Polarity Collection’ in collaboration with Studio Visibility, that features a new ‘invisi-lock’ system of shelves, catch boxes and marker holders on a moveable, magnetic, writable workplace system.
From Visual Magnetics, the Workspace Collection includes writable backgrounds, grids, graphs, arrows, shelves and more. Move the pieces around for group brainstorms and collaboration.
This May, Visual Magnetics will collaborate with the account’s founder, Lotte van Baalen, on an installation to be unveiled at WantedDesign Brooklyn 2016, during NYCxDESIGN. The installation, to be housed at Industry City, will bring @PlantsOnPink to life on it’s largest scale yet, allowing the account to materialize beyond the digital realm.
Visual Magnetics’ Modular Magnetic Wallcovering by Dusen Dusen.
The 2016 edition of Wanted Design features exhibiting companies like Alessi, Alpi, Bernhardt Design, Cappellini, Capsule, David Trubridge, Effeti, Moroso and Visual Magnetics.
Known for its 1980s-style graphic prints, Dusen Dusen collaborated with Visual Magnetics – a producer of magnetic surfaces – on the temporary installation.
The ModuLayer magnetic wallcoverings from Visual Magnetics Dynamic Spaces allow endless personalization.
I can’t wait to interact with the pieces, which visitors to the fair are encouraged to move and rearrange.(Dusen Dusen installation)
Dusen Dusen partnered with Visual Magnetics on a large-scale, geometric wall installation.
Do you suffer from commitment issues with your wallcoverings? Enter Dusen Dusen’s playful, madcap geometric mural.
Visual Magnetics is intent on transforming walls with a product range that allows users to mount 2D imagery and 3D objects
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Best of all, the media is recycleable, backwards-compatible with existing printing technology.
Dynamic Spaces allows you to create new designs everyday.
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