Soft Opening Whitney Biennial 2010


Temporary Restaurant

450 SM

New York, USA

Whitney Museum of American Art

Furniture Fabrication

Atta Inc, New York


Greg Georgi


ARUP, New York


Union Square Hospitality Group, New York

As part of 2010, the Whitney Biennial, INABA was commissioned to design a pop-up café located in the museum’s interior courtyard. The project consists of three (3) large-scale lanterns that occupy the courtyard’s double-height space, a 24-foot long service counter, communal tables, high-top counters and ‘droopy’ seat cushions.


In conjunction with Jeffrey Inaba’s Columbia University-based group, C-Lab, INABA developed graphic design elements for the café, including T-shirts, signage, the menu, and last but not least, order cards, which together comprise an unofficial Whitney Museum of American Art Building Materials Collection. Each card shows the front and back surface of a material found in the building.


Operated by Danny Meyer’s ฟรีเครดิตถอนได้ ไม่ต้องฝาก, the café features sandwiches created specifically for the pop-up by each of USHG’s renowned chefs.

Project Team

Principal: Jeffrey Inaba

Project Designers: Simon Battisti, Talene Montgomery

Darien Williams, Benedict Clouette, Nicholas Solakian, Anna Leach, Joon Bae Park, Genevieve Rainsberger, Dana Nishimura Bryan


See Lamar Clarkson’s story at ArtInfo