21/20 on the Promenade

All buildings have the same aim, which is to give you an elevation of spirit. In building the New York State Theater, I didn’t see any sense in redesigning the spoon and doing “moderne” just for the sake of “moderne”.  I wanted to do one for eternity.

Philip Johnson


For the 2012-2013 Season, New York City Ballet unveiled 21/20: On The Promenade, a new initiative to bring contemporary, New York-based furniture designers into the Theater to create seating collections for the iconic “jewel box” of the David H. Koch Theater. 

The three design firms, Asher IsrealowEgg Collective, and Token, took their inspiration from the architecture of the Philip Johnson-designed building and New York City Ballet’s innovative repertory, creating pieces that showcase the intersection between design and dance. This project is a testament to New York City Ballet’s enduring philosophy of supporting the creation of new work, as well as the Company’s deep connection and love of New York City and the many great artists that create work here. 

Visit the Promenade to experience these 21st Century designers’ work which honors and reinvigorates this great 20th Century space.

View a slideshow of the design collections >


View A video about creative process behind this collaboration >