PARTNERS: Gensler, Edens, DC Public Library, Composite
LOCATION: Northeast Washington, DC
YEAR: Fall 2018
SPACE: Third
SCOPE: Concept, strategy, sponsorship procurement, creative direction, interior styling, retail curation, programming

Form Function Studio created a pop-up design library in a former wholesale district.

In partnership with Gensler, we produced a space that filled the gap between public libraries and specialty book stores to host inclusive programming and ignite conversation about the importance of design in our daily lives.

With the help of partners Stack Magazines, Lars Müller, Island Press and DC Public Library, we sourced over 400 books and magazines to provide free access to specialty publications in a space open to all. As a takeaway piece, we created a "reading list" with books selected and donated by local designers to continue our education and engagement initiatives.

To complement the otherwise non-consumer space, we curated a retail component that sourced pieces locally, creating a platform to support artists and designers in the city.

As part of our community outreach, we invited neighboring Gallaudet University to utilize the space for off-site classes and programming, including a free American Sign Language class open to the public.