Ali Tayar, a principal of the New York based Parallel Design studied architecture at the University of Stuttgart and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Tayar's work ranges from objects and furniture to commercial interiors (Waterloo, PoP Burger and Pizza Bar in NYC) and architectural projects. Tayar's designs were featured in "Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design" and "Workspheres" at New York's Museum of Modern Art, "Aluminum by Design" at the Cooper-Hewitt and "US Design 1975-2000" at the Denver Art Museum. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Musee des Arts Decoratifs de Montreal, the Denver Art Museum, the Carnegie Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Tayar recently completed the Omnia, a mountain lodge in Zermatt, Switzerland. Ongoing projects include a "net-zero" house in Austin, Texas, the interior of a high performance carbon-fiber sailboat as well as a pre-fabricated interior system for a SoHo loft. Upcoming projects include houses in Bern, Switzerland and Beirut, Lebanon as well as residential renovations in New York City, the interior design of the Iraqi Embassy in Paris. Tayar has designed the installations of David Hockney's digital images at the Fondation Pierre Berge - Yves Saint Laurent, Paris and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen. The latest addition to the PoP chain, PoP PuB, opened recently on University Place, NY. Tayar was a finalist for Cooper Hewitt's National Design Award in 2009.