Atom Cianfarani has been a leader in sustainable design for the last 15 years. Her fashion company Gaelyn and Cianfarani introduced sustainable fashion, as the first design team to walk an eco-fashion collection in Bryant Park in 2003. Recently Cianfarani worked with Stella McCartney and PETA to introduce a faux-bear-fur alternative Bear Cap to the British Ministry Of Defence. In 2005 Cianfarani developed the most sustainable restaurant in North America Habana Outpost, and pioneered the world's first light-pipe chandelier. In 2007 she started designing and installing green roofs, has co-authored a do-it-yourself guide to green roofing and regularly lectures on the subject. She coined the phrase Upcycled Commodity Designer.
Cianfarani currently working as the Sustainable Design Director at Build It Green! NYC, and is the Vice Chair on the board of the Lower East Side Ecology Center. She is always expanding the boundaries between her love of garbage and good design, Cianfarani develops space where innovation is born.
Atom Cianfarani's art practice is founded in refuse and an ecological preservationist ideology. Cianfarani examines bioremediation, using the urban waste-scape to generate renewal. Her recent work explores survivalist practices and apocalypse strategies. Her works have been shown at the Momenta Gallery, NYC, The Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto, On, The Center for Book Arts, NYC, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, among many others.