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At New York Design Week 2014: David Rockwell by Caliber Grill

INSTALLATION PHOTOS BY MIKE VORRASI

It’s June, and soon we’ll be heading off to places like Art Basel and the Venice Biennale, but you’ll excuse us if we’re still reveling in the highlights from the Best Ever New York Design Week. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention one last special exhibitor from our Sight Unseen OFFSITE exhibition: Rockwell Group, who came onto the event as a partner to show off the serious bells-and-whistles grill that the New York–based firm recently designed for Caliber Range Corporation. Like almost everything Rockwell Group creates, the grill was built around the idea of a shared experience, and in that way it was the perfect product for Sight Unseen OFFSITE, which ended up being as much a social gathering as it was a design exhibition. “Rather than thinking of the grill as a piece of equipment, we thought of it as a family table – the classic element around which friends and family gather to share and celebrate,” says the studio. “Our goal was to create a new type of grill that filled a hole in the market – one that is accessible on all four sides and celebrates the social nature of cooking and dining.” It’s pretty, to boot — Brazilian cherry wood and aluminum that’s coated with automotive paint, available in the red shown here as well as terracotta, turquoise and midnight black.

To further keep it a family affair, we tapped a few design friends to help style Rockwell’s picnic tableau — Los Angeles–based Bend provided the blue wire seating and table, while New York’s Gift Couture lent their cheeseburger and steak-themed wrapping paper.
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