Fernando Mastrangelo's Tiny House in Time Square - Photo by Fernando Mastrangelo.
Fernando Mastrangelo’s Tiny House in Time Square – Photo by Fernando Mastrangelo.

NYCxDESIGN 2019 – New York’s yearly celebration of design in in full swing. With over 400 exhibitions and hundreds of parties, talks and events across the city’s five boroughs, feeling overwhelmed is normal. That’s why we wrote this practical survival guide to NYCxDESIGN, highlighting what’s on at the three major fairs and across the main design districts.

Studio INI @ A/D/O 2019 exhibition at NYCxDESIGN 2019 - Photo by Luke A. Walker.
Studio INI @ A/D/O 2019 exhibition at NYCxDESIGN 2019 – Photo by Luke A. Walker.

This year some of the best exhibitions are women-powered! In New York, female designers show how they can truly make a difference and lead innovation on an international stage. Check DEEPER THAN TEXT, an all women design exhibition redefining the visual message of female creatives, EGG Collective’s new flagship, Anna Karlin’s open studio and Studio Ini’s kinetic installation at A/D/O. Read more…

ICFF – International Contemporary Furniture Fair

May 19-21 @ Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th Street [Map].

ICFF New York - Photo by ICFF.
ICFF New York – Photo by ICFF.

Over 900 exhibitors from from over 60 countries present their ultimate collections at ICFF, North America’s leading platform for global design. Artek, Kartell, Bernhardt Design and other leading companies and brands can be found at the ICFF Contract pavilion while the latest innovations in connected technology are on display at the ICFF Connect section.

On show also national exhibitions: the British European Design Group brings to New York 20 emerging designers from the UK, Ventura New York hosts 17 carefully curated Dutch designers while Interiors of Spain showcases the work of 6 of the country’s most creative designers.

Architextiles - ArtPanels by Aleksandra Gaca @ Ventura New York - photo_Eddy Wenting.
Architextiles – ArtPanels by Aleksandra Gaca @ Ventura New York – photo_Eddy Wenting.

On May 20, Interior Design Magazine and ICFF announce the winners of the NYCxDESIGN Awards bestowing outstanding products and projects in several categories ranging from from architecture to interiors, from products to accessories, from craft to technology. Register to attend ICFF here.

WantedDesign

In Brooklyn, May 16-20 @ 274 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232 [Map].

In Manhattan, May 18-21 @ 269 11th Avenue, between 27th and 28th Street, NY 10001 [Map].

Industry City Design Festival - Photo by WantedDesign.
Industry City Design Festival – Photo by WantedDesign.

WantedDesign is the leading platform dedicated to promoting design and fostering the international creative community at large. Located at Industry City, WantedDesign Brooklyn highlights what the campus is all about: a place where innovators and makers meet. On show exhibitions around design research, immersive installations, workshops, cultural collaborations and the work of students from over 30 international schools.

NYCxDESIGN 2019 - Photo by WantedDesign Manhattan.
WantedDesign Manhattan – Photo by WantedDesign.

The fair is part of the larger programme IC Design Festival. 2019 Guest of Honour is Humberto Campana who presents an exhibition created in collaboration with Central St. Martin focusing on a more humanistic approach to design.

WantedDesign Manhattan - Photo by WantedDesign.
WantedDesign Manhattan – Photo by WantedDesign.

WantedDesign Manhattan features designers from France, Mexico, Brazil, El Salvador, Colombia, Chile, Canada, and more. This fair includes several notable programs to interest both established and emerging designers such as The Launch Paddesign competition and The Look Book, a showcase of US and Canadian designers.

Time Square

Until May 22 @ Times Square, Broadway Pedestrian Plaza between 45th and 46th Streets [Map].

TINY HOUSE by Fernando Mastrangelo @ NYCxDESIGN 2019 - Photo by Fernando Mastrangelo.
TINY HOUSE by Fernando Mastrangelo – Photo by Fernando Mastrangelo.

New York’s most iconic plaza has become a creative epicenter hosting the Design Pavilion, a program of talks and events, and a series of installations. Here, Fernando Mastrangelo explores the future of living with a recycled Tiny House sculpture which is open to the public and on view until May 22. The immersive and sensory space shows how architecture can help continue the lifecycle of discarded materials. Read more…

Saša Mächtig's kiosk at Time Square - Courtest of 'Design Pavilion'.
Saša Mächtig’s kiosk at Time Square – Courtest of ‘Design Pavilion’.

At NYCxDESIGN 2019, a modular architectonic system designed in 1966 by Slovenian architect and designer Saša Mächtig serves as an information hub for both Times Square’s Design Pavilion and NYCxDESIGN. The structure has been a characteristic feature in the streetscapes of many urban centers in former Yugoslavia and Eastern Europe since it appeared in the late 1960s.

SoHoDesign District

Various locations.

Lee Broom's installation - Courtesy of Lee Broom.
Lee Broom’s installation – Courtesy of Lee Broom.

SoHo Design District is home to some of the most impressive design showrooms of New York. Lee Broom presents new editions of his Observatory lighting collection at 34 Greene Street. Check FLOS‘ site-specific showroom installation and event at 154 Greene Street but also showcases by Ligne Roset, Luceplan, GandiaBlasco, Vibia, Valcucine and more.

NoHo – The Future Perfect romances the stone

By appointment only @ Casa Perfect New York, 55 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012 [Map].

ROMANCING THE STONE @ Casa Perfect - Photo by The Future Perfect.
ROMANCING THE STONE @ Casa Perfect – Photo by The Future Perfect.

The Future Perfect presents the exhibition ‘Romancing the Stone‘ by Chen Chen & Kai Williams. The designers approach each piece they produce as a source of exploration: “We wanted to show the myriad ways that the material could be used from the gravity of the tables to the lightness and transparency of the lights.”

TriBeCa Design District

Various locations.

'Pas de deux' exhibition at Colony - Photo by Colony.
‘Pas de deux’ exhibition at Colony – Photo by Colony.

At the Tribeca Design District a variety of showrooms and galleries will be open for extended hours, cocktail receptions, and exhibit openings. Key showrooms include Colony [324 Canal St, 2nd fl] which presents Pas de Deux | Design + Art: each of Colony’s designers will showcase a new work of design, furniture, lighting, textiles or object, paired with a work of fine art of their choosing.

'Italian Radical Design' exhibition at R & Company - Courtesy of R & Company.
‘Italian Radical Design’ exhibition at R & Company – Courtesy of R & Company.

At NYCxDESIGN 2019, R & Company gallery presents an exhibition about Italian Radical Design from 1965-1975 while Egg Collective‘s inaugurates its new flagship showroom. On show also exhibitions by David Weeks Studio at 38 Walker St, and Stillfried Wien at 40 Walker St, Urban Archeology at 158 Franklin Street and more.

NoMad Design District

Various locations.

Misha Kahn and WANT Apothecary - Courtesy of NYCxDESIGN 2019.
Misha Kahn and WANT Apothecary – Courtesy of NYCxDESIGN 2019.

The NoMad Design District, one of the newest design destinations in town. The natural world collides with art and fashion at Misha Kahn and WANT Apothecary’s exhibition [1170 Broadway], check Baccarat’s installation at the Luxury Living Showroom [153 Madison Avenue]. Artist Jacopo Foggini creates a custom installation using his signature industrial material [134 Madison Avenue].

Meatpacking – SWAY installation by Snarkitecture for Lexus

Until une 2 @ Intersect, 412 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014 [Map].

SWAY light exhibit by Snarkitecture for Lexus.
SWAY light exhibit by Snarkitecture for Lexus.

Snarkitecture has filled a Manhattan gallery at Intersect a cultural hub with 168 white spherical orbs that light up in a blue hue when touched. Titled SWAY, the installation was commissioned by car manufacturer Lexus. As visitors touch the orbs they move and change in colour and brightness, creating ripples of light that move through the space.

Chelsea – Generation X on show at Friedman Benda.

Until June 8 @ FriedmanBenda, 515 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001 [Map].

AN ACCELERATED CULTURE exhibtion @ Friedman Benda - Photo by  Friedman Benda.
AN ACCELERATED CULTURE exhibtion @ Friedman Benda – Photo by Friedman Benda.

Friedman Benda gallery presents the exhibition AN ACCELERATED CULTURE which brings together some of the most progressive contemporary designers from the so-called ‘Generation X’. On show works by Michael Anastassiades, Matali Crasset, Martino Gamper, Max Lamb, nendo, Raw Edges and more . Curated by Libby Sellers and Brent Dzekciorius, the exhibition investigates shared ideologies and beliefs that emerge from such a disparate cohort.

Manhattan Downtown Design

Various locations.

Zaha Hadid Design @ 10 Corso Como NYC - Photo bia IG by @nycxdesign.
Zaha Hadid Design @ 10 Corso Como NYC – Photo bia IG by @nycxdesign.

Located south of Chambers Street in Manhattan, Downtown Design Districts includes AD ART SHOW 2019 which brings a curated selection of work from artists working in advertising and design to the oversized digital screens at the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center. Zaha Hadid Design, in conjunction with concept store 10 Corso Como New York [1 Fulton Street], unveils a bespoke installation to showcase the ZHD collection of design objects.

Brooklyn Designs fair

Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 77, 141 Flushing Avenue [Map].

In The Pursuit's showcase at Brooklyn Designs - Photo via IG by @inthepursuit_studio.
In The Pursuit’s showcase at Brooklyn Designs – Photo via IG by @inthepursuit_studio.

At NYCxDESIGN 2019, Brooklyn Designs showcases the highest quality furnishings, lighting, home accessories, and technology. In addition to a curated exhibition of over 60 Brooklyn-based design brands and studios, including group shows by Cooler Gallery, In the Pursuit, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the show features compelling talks, hands-on design workshops, multi-sensory experiences, art activations, and insider tours of the Yard.

Williamsburg – INSIDE/OUT

Vale Park @ William Vale Hotel, 111 North 12th Street [Map]. 

Photo via IG by @kinandcompany
Photo via IG by @kinandcompany.

Kin & Company and Asa Pingree have come together to produce and curate Inside/Out, the first and only bespoke installation focused on outdoor furniture, hosted by The William Vale and with support from Sight Unseen and Wescover.

Rockwell Group's interior design @ Moxi Times Square, NYC - Photo by Micheal Kleinberg, courtesy of Rockwell Group.
Rockwell Group’s interior design @ Moxi Times Square, NYC – Photo by Micheal Kleinberg, courtesy of Rockwell Group.