NYCxDESIGN 2018 – New York Design Festival is in full swing. We selected 12 must-see exhibitions and events starting from WantedDesign in Manhattan and Brooklyn, ICFF high-end furniture fair and Sight Unseen OFFISITE set of exhibitions.
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Times Square Design Pavilion
West 42nd-47th streets. 12-20 May 2018 [Map].
A 2,000 square feet inflatable structure developed by Inflate works as the central information hub and meeting point for the city’s design festival and hosts a robust program of installations, exhibitions and talks with leading design thought leaders. The Design Pavilion hosts installations by lighting design firm L’Observatoire International while zU-studio presents anti-gravity seating for “Re-lying”. On show also a Magis‘ striking seating installation while the Time Square Alliance showcases prototypes developed through a program that commissions public space proposals from New York City designers.
DESIGNING WOMEN II: Masters, Maverick, Mavens
304 Hudson Street, #307, Manhattan. 10 May-1 June 2018 [Map].
Following the critical acclaim of 2017’s inaugural show [Read more…] female-owned-&-led design studio Egg Collective presents Designing Women II: Masters, Mavericks, Mavens, an exhibition featuring an international roster of work from both contemporary and historical female voices. On show iconic designs by Cini Boeri and Sabine Marcelis’ glass and neon chandelier but also sculptural marble lights by Kristin Victoria Barron and a Soviet architecture-inspired set of furniture by emerging Georgian studio Rooms.
Sight Unseen OFFSITE
201 Mulberry Street, Manhattan. 17-20 May 2018 [Map].
Sight Unseen Offsite design platform and “festival within the festival” is back with a set of exhibition across lower Manhattan and at a central hub space in NoLiTa featuring group exhibitions and Sight Unseen-curated projects. Here, Müsing–Sellés cocktail tables are made from plywood and finished with a gradient car paint gloss to reveal the overall geometries of the form.
Norwegian and New York designers teamed up showcasing the two countries creative common ground. The Monolith series by Chilean design studio bravo is casted from volcanic rock to reveal both the material aesthetics and the casting process.
Industry City Design Festival by WantedDesign
274 36th Street, Brooklyn. 17-21 May [Map].
In addition to the main WantedDesign Brooklyn exhibition in the Factory Floor and the Design Schools Workshop, Industry City hosts a five days-long creative festival featuring campus wide activities, exhibitions and IC open Studios. How can we clean up the great Pacific garbage patch? How can new material improve our health and help us to heal better? Creative answers to these and other questions are on show at the Conscious Design exhibition curated by WantedDesign.
British designer Camille Walala creates a permanent 6-story mural wrapping the facade of a Industry City building. the Couleur exhibition curated by Wanted Design founders showcases the sensible exploration of color of French rising talents.
Wanted Design Manhattan
269 11th Ave, Manhattan. 19-22 May [Map].
The 8th edition of WantedDesign Manhattan at the Terminal Stores is just a stone’s throw from ICFF at the Jacob Javits Center and brings together design thinking and innovation. Look out for emerging designers featured in the Launch Pad, a platform for up-and-coming talents and the 9 Nature-inspired finalist projects by young creatives competing for the Rado Star Prize Award.
On show also international group exhibitions from Brazil, Turkey, Colombia and more. Feeling hungry? Book a table at the Zero Waste temporary Bistro by Helsinki-based Restaurant Nolla [Nolla=Zero] bringing their zero waste philosophy to New York.
COLONY COOP: Balanced/Unbalanced
324 Canal Street, Manhattan. 17-24 May [Map].
After the success of last year “Lightness” exhibition [Read more…] Jean Lin, founder of the cooperative showspace Colony invited 17 independent American designers such as Moving Mountains, Farrah Sit and Hiroko Takeda to explore the notion of balance. On show furniture, lighting, home accessories and textiles but also spacial experiential and acoustic design.
ICFF turns 30 @ The Jacob Javits Center
655 West 34th Street, Manhattan. 20-23 May 2018 [Map].
For its 30th anniversary, ICFF – New York’s high-end furniture fair returns to the Jacob Javits Center where over 900 exhibitors take over the building. We are looking forward to discover how Mexican craft and Scandinavian minimalism blend in the new outdoor furniture collection of Mexican brand Zavotti which debuts at ICFF. After its March annual event, Collective Design Fair will provide a platform for independent designers such as Fort Standard and Allied Maker. Cutting edge French design goes on show at No Taste for Bad Taste, an exhibition by the country’s design platform VIA.
A/D/O: Spirit of the City
29 Norman Avenue, Brooklyn. 18 May-2 September 2018 [Map]
A/D/O – a.k.a. Amalgamated Drawing Office – teamed with MINI and Surface to present a site-specific installation by London-based United Visual Artists. A modular system of revolving mirrored columns create a concert of reflection, light and shadow reflecting New York City’s dynamism. “The exhibition investigates the physical and emotional response people experience when navigating an urban environment,” explain at UVA. “We aim to stir visitors towards a visceral reaction, as they move through the installation. Ultimately, the piece alludes to the mutual influence between people and the cities they live in”.
MUJI Materials Garden
434 Broadway, Manhattan. 19-29 May [Map].
Ladies & Gentlemen studio presents immersive installation, celebrating Japanese brand MUJI’s 10 year anniversary in the U.S. Taking the form of an abstracted landscape, MUJI Materials Garden juxtaposes a curated selection of MUJI’s products composed with the raw source materials used to make them. The design studio creates an environment that “re-contextualises MUJI’s everyday products by celebrating on their natural origins”.
Furnishing Utopia: designers re-think shakers furniture
158 Mercer Street, Manhattan. 19-22 May 2018 [Map]
Practical, essential and humble. These are the values revered by Shakers sept’s culture since the 18th century. At Design Within Reach store in SoHo, the Furnishing Utopia design collective reinterprets the minimalist design approach of the which took shape long before Modernism and Ikea. On show unassuming by Ladies & Gentlemen, Norm Architects, Bertjan Pot, Vera & Kyte, Anderssen & Voll and more. [Read more…]
gt2P and Erez Nevi Pana at Friedman Benda
515 West 26th Street, Manhattan. Through June 9 [Map].
Friedman Benda gallery in Chelsea presents concurrent solo exhibitions by gt2P and Erez Nevi Pana. gt2P’s Manufactured Landscapes series of furniture was inspired by the Andes mountains; the Chilean design collective employed digital fabrication techniques to create a rippling effect of the pieces wooden surfaces. Israeli designer Erez Nevi Pana presents salt and sand made furnitures created with a sustainable and “vegan approach” to design [Read more…].
Kinder Modern -Before & Be After: Growing Up Design
1133 Broadway, Suite 1610, Manhattan. Through May 25 [Map].
The child-focused design gallery Kinder Modern presents an exhibition on the playful Dutch design family of Lucas Maassen & sons. The kids were influenced by their most recent personal struggle through Maris’ successful open heart surgery last fall. The hole in his heart provided the framework for this show, which is an homage to its fortuitous patching. Their work – including furniture, ceramics, and objects – is influenced by the idea of “holes and filling/patching holes.”