donttakethisthewrongway prescribes cathartic public punching bags during NYCxDESIGN

donttakethisthewrongway prescribes cathartic public punching bags during NYCxDESIGN

at the peripheral edge of NYCxDESIGN — a few blocks away from calendar events and cocktails and other slippery situations — bright yellow punching bags were installed on the graffitied street poles of soho, chelsea and washington square park. donttakethisthewrongway (dtttww), the design studio who harnessed them there, invited local new yorkers and visitors of design week to release their frustrations, whatever they may be, in a safe, communal space.

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all images courtesy of @donttakethisthewrongway



new yorkers passing by tipped their hats to dtttww, welcoming the savannah-georgia-based design studio with fists and kicks of frustration and joy. in washington square park, young children, probably not old enough to read, threw themselves at the public punching bags, understanding its plushy purpose without any context or explanation needed.

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for curious, NYCxDESIGN week visitors, donttakethisthewrongway set a podium and mission statement aside each sidewalk installation: ‘the concept explores designing common spaces for the emotions we all face. good or bad, as we travel from point A to point B we deal with a good number of frustrations. frustrations that go beyond designed systems and happen, well, because we are human. the public punching bag offers an outlet for these emotions as a means to maybe develop a healthier way to address personal and collective issues in a public setting.’





donttakethisthewrongway is a young design studio from the south. their design language presents a playful attitude towards products that tackle serious issues, or as they frame it, slippery situations.

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