Even though we're officially 3 days into spring, it definitely doesn't feel like it yet in New York. It's still so cold! We're optimistic that it'll warm up soon though, and next week we're planning to start planting some seeds to grow in our garden. We can't wait to spend some wonderful warm nights hanging out in the lot. Stay tuned for exciting upcoming events and happenings at design.plot! Be sure to follow design.plot on Facebook to get updates: https://www.facebook.com/DomesticConstructionDesignPlot
Design.plot has come a long way in the past year, and we're getting ready to make next year even better! Recently at the New York Art Book Fair the group Red76, a collaborative art practice, reconstructed a former greenhouse into a pop-up shop in the courtyard of MoMA PS1. When the event was over, they were kind enough to give us the greenhouse to use in our garden. It's going to be a great addition to design.plot, and we can't wait to start growing things in there. Stay tuned for photos!
Learn more about the greenhouse here: http://www.floatingcity.us/a-shed-re-structuring-plan-with-red76-at-prin... and check out this photo of the pop-up (below). Special thanks to Dylan Gauthier!
Over the past few months we've hosted some weddings at design.plot. It's been a really wonderful experience seeing our studio and garden so full of love and joy. If you're interested in hosting an event here, drop us a line at email@example.com
Big news at Domestic Construction! We are currently applying to win a $250,000 grant from Chase bank and Living Social. They're awarding grants to 12 small businesses, and we just need 250 votes to qualify. This grant would be an incredible opportunity for our company, and it would also allow us to fund more community projects and free events in design.plot. If you could all take a minute and vote, we would really appreciate it.
All you have to do is log in (it WONT post to your facebook), search for "domestic construction" and vote for us! Click here: www.missionsmallbusiness.com
Also please spread the word to anyone you might know. We only have a few days left before the deadline. Thank you!!
This past weekend Domestic Construction hosted its first ever theater event "This Property is Condemned." The Pedestrians, a theater community, performed 3 short Tennessee Williams plays at design.plot on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night. The event was a huge hit, and everyone in the cast did an amazing job! We were also fortunate to have a few awesome musicians and bands play both before and after the plays. It was a weekend filled with great music, theater, and friends. We love working with creative, talented people, and we'd be thrilled to do something like this again!
Check out more photos here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.397992656904683.81094.11293791...
Our friend Meg Paska, the Brooklyn Homesteader, is going to be starting her own farm! Meg is one of the founders of Hayseed's Big City Farm Supply, the pop-up farm store in our studio. She has been incredibly helpful with design.plot, and we want to help make her project a reality too! The Homestead at Seven Arrows will be an educational homestead and small CSA farm. Located an hour away from New York City, the farm will have chickens, goats, and organic produce. Once the farm is up and running, Meg is planning to start the CSA next spring, which will offer vegetables, eggs, and honey to the community. The farm will offer educational opportunities for people to come and learn how to incorporate small-scale food production into their lives and livelihoods. The homestead will provide a place for small groups to stay, a location for weekend intensive workshops, and it will host monthly wellness retreats.
We'll be getting involved too! Domestic Construction will be helping to design and construct the chicken coop, goat housing, greenhouse, and more! We cannot wait for this project to start, but it's not possible without your help! Meg is raising money on Kickstarter to help create the farm. Check out the video below, and go here to learn more and donate: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1296103575/the-homestead-at-seven-ar...
Yesterday we were featured on NonaBrooklyn! Photographer Valery Rizzo dropped by our studio to check out Hayseed's Big City Farm Supply, and she got a tour of design.plot as well as the rest of the studio. We had a really great time meeting with her. Her photographs are amazing!
You can read the article here: http://nonabrooklyn.com/dangling-shovels-plastic-animals-heirloom-seed-a...
Did you know design.plot is now home to its very own ice fishing shack? Check it out! Our friend Frank Traynor has launched a pop-up shop called the Perfect Nothing Catalog out of an abandoned shack in our lot.
We started on the lounging hill on Wednesday and we are sooooo excited!!! Our friend TJ, a seasoned landscaper who works for the parks department, is helping us with the planning and building. We're so excited to have him around! He's been an invaluable resource. He also brought us back to earth by re-teaching us about slopes. We wanted more like a mountain but he kindly explained that we would no longer have a garden because "the mountain" would take up the entire lot. Oh orology. The tires from upstate came in handy though! We're super interested in this type of building.
We were going a little nuts inside today... the sunshine was calling us, so we moved our office out to the lot! We feel so lucky and grateful to have the opportunity to work on design.plot and we're trying to take full advantage of the outdoors before the weather really turns. There are so many beautiful things popping up every day. It's amazing to watch the grounds simply transform over night. I made a little wildflower bouquet to keep us inspired. I want to make about 100 more but gotta make the paper for now. We hope to be growing lots of flowers next spring...