Tuesday, March 29 at 7 pm

Storefront for Art and Architecture

97 Kenmare Street, New York


Cabaret Series: Textile Tests examines the way in which textiles — through a variety of applications, scales, and techniques — participate in the making of both normative and experimental forms and spaces.


Storefront’s latest Cabaret Series brings together a group of architects, engineers, designers, and other experts, who will each deliver a presentation-performance focusing on a particular category of textiles. Participants will present objects, materials, and/or textile samples, and reflect upon the future of textiles in design.


Presentations will range from an academic-poetic soliloquy to a performance by a Brooklyn Ballet dancer in a technologically enhanced tutu.


Textile Categories / Participants

Introduction: Deborah Schneiderman and Alexa Griffith Winton

Layering: Deborah Schneiderman

3D Embroidery + Upholstery: Annie Coggan

Digital Manipulation: Igor Siddiqui

3D Printing: Francis Bitonti

Weaving: Isa Rodrigues

High Technology​: Leila Ligougne and Nick Vermeer

Surface Manipulation: Sarah Strauss



This event is free and open to the public. If you are a Storefront member and would like to reserve a seat, you can RSVP here. If you would like to become a Storefront member, please see here.


About the Cabaret Series

Storefront’s Cabaret Series develops modes of expression that engage with contemporary discourse, engaging the audience and the social, political, and physical space of Storefront in a playful and humorous manner. The series aims to produce new modes of communication between speakers, performers, and spectators through provocation, seduction, and immediacy.




This event is presented in conjunction with the launch of Textile Technology and Design: From Interior Space to Outer Space, edited by Deborah Schneiderman and Alexa Griffith Winton.


Support for the event is provided by Parsons School of Constructed Environments, Pratt Institute School of Design, and Bloomsbury Academic.


Textile Technology and Design

Original Image by Allison Woods.


About the Book

Textile Technology and Design: From Interior Space to Outer Space (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016) addresses the critical role of the interior at the intersection of design and technology, with a range of interdisciplinary arguments by a wide range of contributors: from design practitioners to researchers and scholars to aerospace engineers. The book examines the way in which textiles and technology – while seemingly distinct – continually inform each other through their persistent overlapping of interests, and eventually coalesce in the practice of interior design.

Copies will be available for purchase at Storefront during the event


About the Editors

Deborah Schneiderman is a Professor of Interior Design at Pratt Institute. She is also a registered architect and the principal and founder of deSc: architecture/design/research, a Brooklyn based research practice. Schneiderman’s scholarship and teaching explore the emerging fabricated interior environment and its materiality. Her research has been widely published, and, in addition to Textile Technology and Design: From Interior Space to Outer Space, includes the following books: Inside Prefab: the Ready-Made Interior (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012), The Prefab Bathroom: An Architectural History (McFarland, 2014) an architectural graphic novel style history (illustrated by Bishakh Som), and the edited volume Interiors Beyond Architecture (co-edited with Amy Campos, Routledge, 2017).


Alexa Griffith Winton is an independent design historian based in New York, where she is also visiting associate professor at Pratt Institute and on the interior design faculty at Parsons School of Constructed Environments. Her research investigates theories of the modern interior as well as the relationship between textiles and architecture in the mid-twentieth century. Her work has been published internationally. She has received grants from the Graham Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Center for Craft, Creativity and Research, and the Beverly Willis Foundation.