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The Making of PPE: From Designers to the Frontline

Staff at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Photo courtesy NYPH.

How are designers and companies able to transition seemingly overnight to produce PPE at such an impactful scale? From LVMH producing hand sanitizer instead of perfume to Brooks Brothers making up to 150,000 surgical masks per day, designers and factories are doing everything they can during this critical time to give back to their communities.

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In the second of this two-part report, we spoke to the New York office of the internationally renowned architecture, interiors and urban design firm, Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM). Since the beginning of April, SOM has donated 5,000 plastic face shields to frontline health care workers and care homes all over the American East Coast.

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