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There are few fields in which the talents of the SVA community have not made their mark. Here are the latest products and services we’ve come across or heard about in recent months, spanning the categories of home goods, fashion, education and self-care, among others.
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This free meditative virtual-reality app developed and directed by David Lobser features an immersive gallery of audiovisual vignettes that transport users to a state of relaxation. To create an effective experience, Lobser partnered with other experts and artists like Deirdre Barrett, a Harvard Medical School author and psychologist focused on dream research, and EMBC, a creative lab focused on modern contemplative experiences that promote healing and renewal. He even collaborated with researchers at the Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center of New York, testing Visitations VR on patients during infusions in order to induce calm, with a positive response.
Designer Hui Zheng’s “roller” coasters ($24 for four) double as mini-mazes: Should any condensation from cold drinks collect in the grooves, you can tilt and turn them to guide it through. The items are being sold through the MoMA Design Store and MoMA Wholesale, as part of MFA Products of Design’s ongoing collaboration with the institution.①
Two new sets of high-gloss, cork-backed coasters, created by artist and BFA Fine Arts Chair Suzanne Anker, feature works from her photographic series “Vanitas (in a Petri dish).” Following the classical tradition of vanitas paintings, which emphasize the transience of life, Anker’s photographs present still lifes of delicate and decaying flowers, insects and fruits. Each set ($22) includes four different coasters; both can be found on Amazon.②
Multidisciplinary entrepreneur Yuli Ziv designed her minimalist Ultima convertible dress jacket ($295) to be efficient enough for a modern woman. The sleeves can be removed, the hood hidden and the length extended, making the dress jacket adaptable to 21 looks. And—fulfilling every dress wearer’s fantasies—it has pockets!
Graphic designer Tasnim Ara opened the OS Café in 2014 with the aim of creating a neighborhood hub that provides good vibes that patrons can carry with them throughout the day (OS stands for “off to start”). Located in Brooklyn’s Park Slope area, OS offers coffee and tea drinks ($2 – $6.50), homemade macarons and pastries ($3 – $7), Van Leeuwen ice cream and vegan ice cream ($5.50) and bags of locally roasted coffee beans ($15.50).
535A Sixth Avenue, Brooklyn, New York