In 2015 Carmelle Safdie was the inaugural artist-in-residence at Downstairs 87, the basement level of Leftfield Bar at 87 Ludlow Street in Manhattan's Lower East Side. For her residency, Safdie redesigned the venue interior with murals, furniture, light fixtures, and a song-activated sign, and hosted a series of dance parties — Discovery of the Circle, Discovery of the Square, and Discovery of the Triangle — in the space. She also used the bar as the set for her 2016 music video Discovery of The Shape. The party titles and Discovery of The Shape song lyrics are sourced from Bruno Munari's visual case study books on geometric shapes. Safdie's installation also served as the backdrop for nightly parties and performances through the summer of 2016
Carmelle Safdie

Installation view of venue design for Downstairs 87, New York, NY, 2015

photo by Scott Furkay

Carmelle Safdie

Installation view of venue design for Downstairs 87, New York, NY, 2015

photo by Scott Furkay

Carmelle Safdie

Installation view of venue design for Downstairs 87, New York, NY, 2015


Discovery of the Circle: A Dance Party at Downstairs 87, July 22, 2015

photo by Kerri Scharlin

Hot Action party at Downstairs 87, April 22, 2016

photo by Ebony Anderson-Brown

Hot Action party at Downstairs 87, May 20, 2016

photo by Hot Action

Carmelle Safdie

Flier for Discover of the Circle: A Dance Party, 2015


Carmelle Safdie

Decorations and lighting design for Discovery of the Circle: A Dance Party at Downstairs 87, July 22, 2015

photo by Lia Lowenthal

Hot Action party at Downstairs 87, April 22, 2016

photo by Ebony Anderson-Brown

Carmelle Safdie

Song-activated sign for entrance of Downstairs 87, New York, NY, 2015

photo by Cammisa Buerhaus

Discovery of the Triangle: A Dance Party at Downstairs 87, September 23, 2015

photo by Sophy Naess

Brand New Machine party at Downstairs 87, July 14, 2016

photo by Sho Shots

Hot Action party at Downstairs 87, July 29, 2016

photo by Ebony Anderson-Brown

Carmelle Safdie

Installation view of venue design for Downstairs 87, New York, NY, 2015


Hot Action party at Downstairs 87, June 10, 2016

photo by Ebony Anderson-Brown

Carmelle Safdie

Hand-painted bar for Downstairs 87, New York, NY, 2015


Hot Action party at Downstairs 87, June 24, 2016

photo by Ebony Anderson-Brown

Brand New Machine party at Downstairs 87, August 11, 2016

photo by Sho Shots

Carmelle Safdie

Installation view of venue design for Downstairs 87, New York, NY, 2015

photo by Scott Furkay

Hot Action party at Downstairs 87, July 8, 2016

photo by Ebony Anderson-Brown

Hot Action party at Downstairs 87, July 8, 2016

photo by Ebony Anderson-Brown

Hot Action party at Downstairs 87, April 22, 2016

photo by Ebony Anderson-Brown

Carmelle Safdie

Installation view of venue design for Downstairs 87, New York, NY, 2015


Carmelle Safdie

Installation view of venue design for Downstairs 87, New York, NY, 2015


Carmelle Safdie

Lighting design for Discovery of the Square: A Dance Party at Downstairs 87, August 19, 2015

photo by Annie Powers

Hot Action party at Downstairs 87, July 22, 2016

photo by Ebony Anderson-Brown

Hot Action party at Downstairs 87, July 8, 2016

photo by Ebony Anderson-Brown

Discovery of the Square: A Dance Party at Downstairs 87, August 19, 2015

photo by Annie Powers

Carmelle Safdie

Flier for Discover of the Triangle: A Dance Party, 2015


Hot Action party at Downstairs 87, July 8, 2016

photo by Ebony Anderson-Brown

Hot Action party at Downstairs 87, June 10, 2016

photo by Ebony Anderson-Brown

Carmelle Safdie

Table design for Discovery of the Triangle: A Dance Party at Downstairs 87, September 23, 2015


Carmelle Safdie

Table design for Discovery of the Triangle: A Dance Party at Downstairs 87, September 23, 2015


Hot Action party at Downstairs 87, April 22, 2016

photo by Ebony Anderson-Brown

Carmelle Safdie

Installation view of venue design for Downstairs 87, New York, NY, 2015


Brand New Machine party at Downstairs 87, August 18, 2016

photo by Sho Shots

Carmelle Safdie

Decorations and lighting design for Discovery of the Triangle: A Dance Party at Downstairs 87, September 23, 2015


Brand New Machine party at Downstairs 87, August 11, 2016

photo by Sho Shots

Brand New Machine party at Downstairs 87, July 14, 2016

photo by Sho Shots

Carmelle Safdie

Installation view of venue design for Downstairs 87, New York, NY, 2015


Brand New Machine party at Downstairs 87, August 18, 2016

photo by Sho Shots

Discovery of the Triangle: A Dance Party at Downstairs 87, September 23, 2015

photo by Lea Cetera

Brand New Machine party at Downstairs 87, August 11, 2016

photo by Sho Shots

Carmelle Safdie

Installation view of hand-painted bar for Downstairs 87, New York, NY, 2015


Carmelle Safdie and DJ Icy Jeanne at Discovery of the Circle: A Dance Party at Downstairs 87, July 22, 2015

photo by Leah Pinero

Carmelle Safdie

Decorations and lighting design for Discovery of the Triangle: A Dance Party at Downstairs 87, September 23, 2015


Brand New Machine party at Downstairs 87, August 18, 2016

photo by Sho Shots

DJ Icy Jeanne at Discovery of the Circle: A Dance Party at Downstairs 87, July 22, 2015

photo by Leah Pinero

Carmelle Safdie

Lighting design for Discovery of the Circle: A Dance Party at Downstairs 87, July 22, 2015

photo by Lia Lowenthal

Brand New Machine party at Downstairs 87, June 9, 2016

photo by Sho Shots

Brand New Machine party at Downstairs 87, August 18, 2016

photo by Sho Shots

Carmelle Safdie

Flier for Discover of the Square: A Dance Party, 2015


Discovery of the Triangle: A Dance Party at Downstairs 87, September 23, 2015

photo by Carmelle Safdie

Carmelle Safdie

Drink menu for Discovery of the Square: A Dance Party at Downstairs 87, August 19, 2015

photo by Annie Powers

Discovery of the Circle: A Dance Party at Downstairs 87, July 22, 2015

photo by Brandon Mitchell aka DJ Stiff Rhythms

Brand New Machine party at Downstairs 87, June 2, 2016

photo by Sho Shots

Brand New Machine party at Downstairs 87, June 2, 2016

photo by Sho Shots

Carmelle Safdie

Decorations and lighting design for Discovery of the Circle: A Dance Party at Downstairs 87, July 22, 2015

photo by Lia Lowenthal

Carmelle Safdie at Discovery of the Square: A Dance Party at Downstairs 87, August 19, 2015

photo by Annie Powers