Driven by Design is a video series hosted by Coalesse Global Design Director John Hamilton that explores what drives the international design community. Each episode follows Hamilton as he talks with innovators from around the world about creativity, inspiration and their work, all while driving around town.
In the fourth episode of the series, Hamilton takes to the streets of NYC with industrial designer Harry Allen, the founder and president of Harry Allen Design. Allen’s wide-ranging interests (including visual art, materiality and a systematic design approach) provide a base of inspiration for designing intelligent products and interiors. The pair discuss Manufacturing 4.0, the culture of American making and more as they traverse the busy streets of Manhattan.
Originally from New Jersey, Allen attended Alfred University and holds a master’s degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute. In 1993, he founded Harry Allen Design, located in New York City’s East Village. Allen has since designed furniture, lighting, products, packaging and interiors for a wide variety of international clients. His work can be found in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Denver Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Allen has been awarded the Brooklyn Museum of Art’s Modernism/Young Designer Award and two Industrial Design Society of America IDEA Awards, among many other recognitions earned by his namesake firm. Allen’s most notable projects include the Reality line for Areaware (containing the Bank in the Form of a Pig) and the bottle for Marc Jacobs’ Bang perfume.
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