The Persistence of Hand Drawing: Interior Rendering Today

September 19, 2024 - April 3, 2025 • New York School of Interior Design, New York City

This exhibition at New York School of Interior Design focuses on hand drawings by 12 established and emerging New York-based architects and interior designers. Drawings and design portfolios from the New York School of Interior Design Archives provide context for this contemporary work. Design historians and curators Donald Albrecht and Thomas Mellins draw on their own experience witnessing the rise of CAD and the demise of hand rendering, to highlight this ongoing practice that reminds us of both the artisanry and ideation that the nearly wholesale adoption of CAD by the design industry has marginalized.

Image credit: Park Avenue Apartment, Peter Pennoyer, watercolorist Genevieve Irwin; courtesy of New York School of Interior Design

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