The Breakout Grant

Pictured: On Loop by Universal Design Studio
Photography by: Andres Sebastian for A/D/O by MINI

NYCxDESIGN's Breakout Grant for Independent Design

Overview

NYCxDESIGN is pleased to announce the recipients of its inaugural grant program. As its first initiative as a nonprofit, the Breakout Grant was conceived to help financially support NYC-based designers and design businesses in implementation or furthering the momentum of a product or project that is in pre-market, late-stage development. The Breakout Grant jury, composed of distinguished leaders throughout NYC’s design eco-system, evaluated proposals at length to award viable projects and candidates who demonstrated a foundational commitment to innovation, inclusivity, and sustainability - three integral pillars to designing a greater NYC.

2021 Recipients

With the Breakout Grant's resources and recognition, recipients Matt Tyson of Modos Furniture, Danielle Arps of Artisan Alliance, and Gisue and Mojgan Hariri of Hariri & Hariri Architecture D.P.C. will be able to pursue the next steps of their inspiring projects that give back in more ways than one. See below to learn more about the three 2021 Breakout Grant recipients and seven finalists. 

Reclaimed Plastic Furniture Connector

By Matt Tyson
Modos Furniture

$15,000 Recipient

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Artisan Mentored

By Danielle Arps
Artisan Alliance

$5,000 Recipient

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DISASTER RELIEF - FOLDING POD

By Gisue Hariri and Mojgan Hariri
Hariri & Hariri Architecture D.P.C.

$5,000 Recipient

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2021 Finalists

Afri-Culture Design-Culture Student Summer Workshop

Afri-Culture Design-Culture Student Summer Workshop

By Jack Travis

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Kouros Maghsoudi

Furniture Collection

By Kouros Maghsoudi

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Franklin & Emily

RECIPE

By Franklin & Emily

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Design Advocates

Mobile Barriers

By Design Advocates

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Naomi Frangos

Industrial Manufacturing Research-Creation Project

By Naomi Frangos

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Clean AIR 1 by Code Lumen

Clean AIR 1

By Code Lumen

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2100 A Dystopian Utopia by StudioTEKA

2100: A Dystopian Utopia

By StudioTEKA

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The Jury
Susan Sellers

Susan Sellers
Executive Chief Director
2x4

Justin Garrett Moore

Justin Garrett Moore
Program Officer
Humanities in Place, The Mellon Foundation


Kinjil Mathur

Kinjil Mathur
Chief Marketing Officer
Squarespace

John M. Nafziger

John M. Nafziger
Co-Founder/Principal
Bigprototype

Emmanuel Plat

Emmanuel Plat
Director of Merchandising 
The Museum of Modern Art

Cindy Allen

Cindy Allen
Editor in Chief
Interior Design Magazine

Coren Sharples

Coren Sharples
Principal 
SHoP Architects

Ghislane Viñas

Ghislaine Viñas
Principal 
Ghislaine Viñas

Gregory Switzer

Gregory T. Switzer
Managing Principal,
Gregory Switzer Architecture

President, nycoba / NOMA
Board Member, AIANY

Claire Weisz

Claire Weisz
Principal, FAIA
WXY

Victoria Milne

Victoria Milne
Principal