Design – Until May 20, NYCxDESIGN 2022 takes over New York City with events, tours, exhibitions, talks, workshops and film projections in all five boroughs. This year, the festival celebrates its 10th anniversary highlighting the creatives and visionaries who have been at the core of the city’s expansive design community over the past decade. We have selected 12 must-visit destinations in town.
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May 7-15, Times Square [Map].
This year, Design Pavilion will host CLB Architects’ FILTER in Times Square, a tactile, sustainable, renewable structure that celebrates the natural environment. FILTER’s chapel-like construction offers a temporary shelter for reflection in the middle of bustling Midtown Manhattan.
May 15-17 at Javits Convention Center [Map].
ICFF – International Contemporary Furniture Fair is North America’s leading platform for contemporary furniture design showcasing new designs for the residential and contract markets from over 300 established and emerging brands from more than 25 countries. The ICFF Studio section, in partnership with Bernhardt Design, highlights the work of the next generation of emerging talent.
May 15-17 at Javits Convention Center [Map].
Co-located with ICFF once again, WantedDesign Manhattan presents Look Book, a selection of high-end North American studios and Launch Pad dedicated to emerging international designers. The brand-new School Showcase section features the work of students at some of the most prestigious institutes and universities worldwide.
Industry City Design Festival
May 12-16, Industry City, Brooklyn [Map].
The Industry City Design Festival is 5-day long series of programs, makers pop-ups, art installation, outdoor design markets, retailer specialty items, and much more. Here, the Central Saint Martins: Design Transform exhibition presents a series of installations, ceramic-making workshops, discursive dinners, and events exploring the concept of borders. The program aims to promote access, learning, and social justice across the communities of Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The program IC Local Exhibit Tools! reveals a behind-the-scenes insight into the unique production processes of the diverse and interconnected creative network within Industry City.
May 16-June 25 @ Museum of Arts and Design, [Map].
The Museum of Arts and Design – MAD – presents the Flower Craft exhibition featuring the creative visions of six botanical artists working at the forefront of contemporary floral design. Inspired by nature’s ephemerality and its inimitable palettes, the artists engage with all stages of the plant life cycle, from seed to germination to decay, to interpret nature in sculptural form. Each week a new botanical artist will be featured in the Flower Craft gallery.
Nature by Design: Botanical Expressions
Until September 25 @ Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, [Map].
The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum presents an exhibition exploring interpretations of botanical forms through the decorative arts of the late 18th through the early 20th centuries. Botanical Expressions focuses on pivotal figures such as Christopher Dresser, Emile Gallé, William Morris, and Louis Comfort Tiffany. Their knowledge of the natural sciences and personal gardening practices enriched their creative output as designers.
May-5-30 at. HNH Fine Art Gallery, 119 N 1ST Street, Brooklyn [Map].
Design platform ADORNO and HNH Fine Art Gallery co-curated MELT, an exhibition of radical contemporary design by thirty New York-based artists and designers. Visitors can experience 3.000 square feet of functional art that reimagines the living room as a daily domestic space with abstract interpretations of everyday objects — from rugs, tables, lamps, and chairs to paintings, sculpture, and photography.
CURRENT Tides of Contemporary Design
May 10-22, 145 Plymouth St, Brooklyn [Map].
CURRENT showcases independent designers and makers of functional art and collectible design from the New York region. The designers personally fabricated all of the works, which reflect the current moment in contemporary design. The exhibition is curated and produced by Marcus Vinícius De Paula and Tess De Paula.
Craft in Transition
251 Park Ave South, Floor 13 [Map].
Carl Hansen & Søn presents a collaborative exhibition with the Female Design Council focused on craftsmanship. The show is curated by Lora Appleton and features works sharing a colorful story behind their handicraft and their ability to breathe artistry into our daily lives.
May 11-17, Art Cake Gallery, Brooklyn [Map].
Radiator design platform for small independent studios returns with a second exhibition featuring 11 designers whose work and energy amplify – or radiate – to a larger audience. On show is a variety of home objects, ranging from candleholders crafted from road asphalt to polished chairs made from metal, wood, and leather.
May 13-16 @ Skilset Studios, building 5 – floor 3, Brooklyn Navy Yard [Map].
The creative studio Pink Essay by David Eardley, Anna Theroux Ling, and Matt Pecina will continue its Physical Education event series with its largest group show yet at Skilset Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, including artists and designers from their growing community. “We invited each exhibitor from our previous shows to participate and submit a piece that best represented their own relationship with the state of design.”
Downtown Manhattan + DUMBO.
NYCxDESIGN presents IMPACTxDESIGN, a new design competition in partnership with Caesarstone to showcase how design can enhance public space and foster engagement. Turn Out, the winning proposal b Karim Rashid In Downtown Manhattan makes creative use of negative space by turning Caesarstone slabs on their side horizontally and cutting out abstract shapes that are then repurposed to form a series of connected benches and tables. Kickie Chudikova won the competition with the Spiral of Life bench in DUMBO. Inspired by waves of the Hudson River, the modular seat consists of waterjet-cut stone pieces connected by a single metal structure, forming an organic shape with a series of generously-sized individual seats.