Soft Opening Whitney Biennial 2010


2010

Temporary Restaurant

450 SM

New York, USA

Whitney Museum of American Art


Lantern Fabrication

Kreysler & Associates

Furniture Fabrication

Atta Inc, New York

Upholstery

Greg Georgi

Engineering

ARUP, New York

Hospitality

Union Square Hospitality Group, New York



As part of 2010, the Whitney Biennial, INABA was commissioned to design a pop-up café located in the museum’s interior courtyard. The project consists of three (3) large-scale lanterns that occupy the courtyard’s double-height space, a 24-foot long service counter, communal tables, high-top counters and ‘droopy’ seat cushions.

 

In conjunction with Jeffrey Inaba’s Columbia University-based group, C-Lab, INABA developed graphic design elements for the café, including T-shirts, signage, the menu, and last but not least, order cards, which together comprise an unofficial Whitney Museum of American Art Building Materials Collection. Each card shows the front and back surface of a material found in the building.

 

Operated by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, the café features sandwiches created specifically for the pop-up by each of USHG’s renowned chefs.


Project Team

Principal: Jeffrey Inaba

Project Designers: Simon Battisti, Talene Montgomery

Darien Williams, Benedict Clouette, Nicholas Solakian, Anna Leach, Joon Bae Park, Genevieve Rainsberger, Dana Nishimura Bryan

 

See Lamar Clarkson’s story at ArtInfo