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WHO WE ARE
Parts and Labor Design is a full service design firm specializing in hospitality, commercial and retail spaces. Based in New York City, PLD offers a bespoke, bare-knuckled and straight forward approach to high end design, focusing on unique and highly customized interiors, furniture and lighting. In 2009 partners Andrew Cohen and Jeremy Levitt sought out to start a company whose foundation is built upon their relationships with fellow designers, fabricators, and most importantly their clients. Their goal is that each product embodies integrity, originality and a love of design.
Cohen and Levitt bring over ten years of furniture, lighting and interior design experience that has been recognized in publications such as Interior Design, Architectural Digest, Wallpaper, Surface and Hospitality Design, as well as nominated for outstanding design by both Hospitality Design Magazine and the James Beard Foundation. Their breadth of work has ranged from custom residential furniture and lighting to large scale international hospitality projects. They've received the 2012 Wave of the Future award by Hospitality Design Magazine, Travel + Leisure's Best Restaurant Design of 2013 - Honorable Mention for Atera and Esquire Magazine's Best New Restaurant of 2013 - The Elm. And most recently PLD has been nominated as finalist for 'Most Outstanding Restaurant Design in 2015' by the James Beard Foundation for The Grey in Savannah, Georgia.
A large component surrounding our design philosophy is a heavy focus on craft and customization. Our goal is to create cohesive environments that showcase products created specifically for each client. In our eye, equally as important as the product is the process of getting there. The methods, techniques and people involved in fabrication are at the heart of both the design and the experience .
There is an inherent dimension and optical nature that blown glass adds to many of the fixtures that we design. The fluidity and process of hand blown glass adds a specific characteristic to each piece, whereas no two vessels or cast components are exactly the same, exploiting the custom nature of the designs and fabrication process. Our glass studio is based in Detroit using top of the line equipment to create extremely difficult components from one-of-a-kind to limited production pieces. Each clean and beautiful decorative light shade is made using hand crafted wood molds for blowing multiple units or blown free-hand utilizing their skills to masterfully produce vessels. In addition, we have incorporated cast glass components formed in graphite or steel molds. The art of glass blowing is an extremely challenging skill which is always evident when looking at and feeling the final product. The look of illuminated glass helps to cast warmth in each environment and completes the aesthetic composition of our spaces.
By taking advantage of as many processes that are available in manipulating metal, we attempt to push the boundaries to bring unique and interesting designs to fruition. Some techniques include turning, spinning, laser cutting, jet cutting, welding, fusing, forging, drilling and tapping just to name a few. And while metal in most cases isn’t quite as pliable as materials such as ceramic or hot glass and can’t be controlled quite as easily as wood, much of what our fabricators create seem to contradict its limitations. That said, what we find to be so beautiful about the material is its strength, structure and sense of permanence. Each alloy has inherent properties which help to set a tone within each product and in each space, whether we use raw steel, stainless steel, brass, nickel or aluminum. And by incorporating other components in different materials we are able to create successful compositions.
We think of the words delicate, feminine, organic and hand crafted when describing ceramics. Similar to glass, each piece is like a fingerprint in its uniqueness. Yet in many instances the textures and patterns in ceramic and porcelain vessels reveal more direct evidence of the hands that created them. The palpable nature of soft clay, as well as the slow drying and editing process, allows for a level of meticulousness in details which guide our designs. Additionally, the selection of patinas and glazes enables a high level experimentation and customization. The ceramic artist we work with has an extraordinary skill to be able to incorporate delicate details that show physical interactions with harder materials such as the metal work