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Head Hi Book Kiosk

Design Pavilion is pleased to present the Head Hi virtual book kiosk on our Design Talks NOW platform. Head Hi, a bookshop café located in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, features a curated selection of vanguard and diverse publications from around the globe, including architecture, art and design books, magazines and self-published materials carefully selected to complement and enhance the Design Talk series of topics.


Design Talks NOW
October 2020

For Season 2 of Design Talks NOW, speakers were invited to speak on the themes of the sensory expression, transportation and wellness.

Below, we are thrilled to offer, in partnership with Head Hi, additional exploration on the concerns and interests of our time, for further thought, curiosity and enjoyment. Learn more about the speakers, designers, artists and concepts presented throughout the talks and spark your curiosity with these amazing books, journals and magazines. Click or scroll below to navigate through the talks and topics.

Exploring the Five Senses

October 7 – 4:00 pm ET, Watch here


Sensory expression dominates every facet of daily life. As we enter a COVID-19 recovery period, there is a heightened focus on the future of design, culture and culinary, and how we engage with these experiences during this period of time.

To explore the importance of captivating the senses in design, Hervé Descottes and Jean-Georges will discuss how our five innate senses are activated through each artisan’s respected field in lighting and culinary, and why it is important to leverage these elements when creating compelling designs. Since their first collaboration on launch of The Mercer Kitchen in 1998, Hervé and Jean-Georges have worked closely together on 17 projects in locations all around the world. L'Observatoire International’s lighting design works to amplify Jean-Georges’ expanded dining atmosphere, creating a full experience around the dinner plate.

DP - Five Senses

The Future of Transportation in New York City

October 14 – 4:00 pm ET, RSVP here

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, SOM, focuses on the modes and issues around transportation that will be affecting life in New York City in the decades to come. This topic is inspired by The Future of Transportation, the latest publication in the SOM Thinkers series, which reflects on the interventions that are shaping new ways of living and moving.

This group of panelists from an array of backgrounds offers an important variety of perspectives and a broad range of experience in architecture, advocacy, journalism, and policymaking. They walk the line between policy, theory, and practicality in the context of New York City. Transportation has as much impact on life in the city and the environment as any other issue. In this panel discussion, we will take a look at projects in the pipeline – from projects at the city’s airports to its roads, subways and waterways – and explore the solutions and innovations that will make New York a healthier, more connected city. And of course, we will examine the changes to transportation that are required post-pandemic.

DP - Future of Technology

The Next Era of Wellness

October 21 – 4:00 pm ET, RSVP here

What is the future of wellness? As COVID-19 will leave a lasting impact on every facet of design, the wellness industry is ripe for innovation and rethinking. Noah Waxman and Lucas Werthein of design studio Cactus will explore how the industry can evolve into the future through holistic, personalized guest experiences built around health data.

With a focus on well-being and personalized healthcare constantly growing, this discussion will address the wellness design community directly.  Learn how to leverage emerging data and visualization technologies to provide a unique, guest-focused experience that prioritizes comfort, health and well-being. Touching on various case studies, including a groundbreaking Miami ‘healthcare hotel’ set to debut in 2023, this session will discuss how health data is the new raw material for designers, and will analyze the intersection of healthcare and wellness.

DP - Next Era of Wellness
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