Chromatic Stance exhibition - Photo by Tuleste Factory.

NYCxDESIGN 2024. Chromatic Stance exhibition – Photo by Tuleste Factory.

Design—Whimsical animal-shaped seating alcoves, immersive bubbles, furniture made of curvilinear bricks, a bright red chromatic design stance, and more. Enrico Zilli, Archipanic Founder and Editor-in-Chief, has selected 15 must-visit exhibitions and installations at NYCxDESIGN 2024. Check them all out!

Design Dysphoria @ NYCxDESIGN 2024 - Courtesy of NYCxDESIGN.

Design Dysphoria @ NYCxDESIGN 2024 – Courtesy of NYCxDESIGN.

As a truly open-minded city, New York City’s design week stands out in the global design agenda for its ability to give voices to multiple, diverse voices with inclusivity in mind. Some examples? Design Dysphoria features works by nonbinary, and trans designers exploring the concept of queer creative spaces. In partnership with the Female Design Council, Crafting Selfhood celebrates thirteen female AAPI—Asian American and Pacific Islander—designers. American crafts and folklore is king at THE CROSSROAD section at ICFF.”


May 19-21 @ Javits Center – 429 11th Ave, New York, NY 10001, [Map].
Alexis & Ginger at ICFF 2024 - Courtesy of ICFF

Alexis & Ginger at ICFF 2024 – Courtesy of ICFF and WANTED.

ICFF – International Contemporary Furniture Fair is North America’s leading fair for contemporary furniture design. This year, global book publisher Phaidon set up a curated library while the new section, Bespoke: The Art of Making, celebrates the skill and expertise of high-end artisans. Don’t miss THE CROSSROADS, which shines a light on how designers seek to preserve long-honoured craft traditions and push the boundaries of circularity to consciously re-think the legitimacy of the materials they use.

Limpet by Gaby Ruben at Launch Pad - Courtesy of ICFF and WANTED.

Limpet by Gaby Ruben at Launch Pad – Courtesy of ICFF and WANTED.

Formerly WantedDesign Manhattan, WANTED has quickly become the destination for discovering new talent worldwide. The WANTED Lounge x Lumens and the Look Book Lounge x Canoa will be central meeting areas during the show. Don’t miss Launch Pad, the international platform for emerging designers which introduces new concepts and showcases furniture, home accessories, and lighting prototypes. WANTED also features a section dedicated to twenty international schools and students.

Under Present Circumstances

Until June 15 @ Friedman Benda – 515 W 26th St 1st Floor, New York, NY 10001, [Map].
UNDER PRESENT CONDITIONS @ Friedman Benda - Photo by Friedman Benda.

Photo by Friedman Benda.

Manhattan design gallery Friedman Benda presents Under Present Circumstances, a survey of responses to the urgencies of our time by leading contemporary designers, including Fernando Laposse, Max Lamb, Estúdio Campana, Erez Nevi Pana, and Paul Cocksedge. Central to the exhibition is the exploration of materials, as opposed to mass processes of industrialisation and extraction. With concerns such as overconsumption, the overexploitation of resources, and the search for sustainability, the works presented are personal expressions of and, in some cases, poetic responses to the conditions that we live under.

Porky Hefer: No Bats, No Chocolate

Through June 2 @ Galerie56, 240 Church Street, New York, NY 10013, [Map].
No Bats, No Chocolate exhibition, Porky Hefer @ Galerie56 - Photo by Hayden Phipps, courtesy of Galerie56.

Photo by Hayden Phipps, courtesy of Galerie56.

South African artist, designer, and activist Porky Hefer presents interactive, animal-inspired sculptures at Galerie56. Discover handcrafted whimsical seating environments in the shape of a walrus, a ladybug, a zebra, a wildebeest, a bat, a bush baby, a beaver, and a crocodile. Hefer’s designs reflect his eco-activist mindset, emphasising the importance of tolerance and reverence for wild species. The showcase is brought to New York City with Cape Town-based gallery Southern Guild.

Design Dysphoria

May 18-25 @ Studio II Suite 401 – 53 Scott Ave, Brooklyn – Bushwick , NY 11237, [Map].
Whipag by Nima Jeizan @ Design Dysphoria - Courtesy of NYCxDESIGN 2024.

Whipag by Nima Jeizan – Courtesy of NYCxDESIGN 2024.

The Design Dysphoria exhibition features works that include furniture, glass lighting fixtures, textile artwork, and interactive design objects by seventeen women, nonbinary, and trans designers and artists who explore the concept of queer creative spaces and their impact on art and design. The showcase is co-curated by designers and founders of Studio S II, Erica Sellers and Jeremy Silberberg, textile artist Liz Collins, and interdisciplinary glass and performance artist Grace Whiteside.

Breath with Me

May 17-23 @ WSA – 161 Water Street, New York City, NY 10038, [Map].
Breath With Me exhibition by Annabelle Schneider @ NYCxDESIGN 2024 - Courtesy of Swiss Impsact.

Courtesy of Swiss Impact.

The Consulate General of Switzerland in New York presents Breath with Me, an immersive exhibition by Annabelle Schneider. Venture into a space brought to life with breathable textiles synchronised with contemplative sounds and soft furnishings. Like a bubble of serenity, the installation features pieces by Laufen, USM Modular Furniture, and Vitra, carefully crafted to impact the body and mind positively.

BRICK by Floris Wubben

Through June 21 @ The Future Perfect in the West Village – by appointment,
BRICK exhibition by Floris Wubben @ The Future Perfect - Photo by The Future Perfect.

Photo by The Future Perfect.

Most of New York City’s foundations are built by bricks made by Dutch settlers four centuries ago. From here, Dutch designer Floris Wubben moulded curvaceous bricks and cement to design tables, chairs, lighting, and more. The exhibition at The Future Perfect townhouse is an ode to the brick, “probably the most ubiquitous yet understated object in architecture,” explains the designer.


Through May 31 – 196 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013, [Map].
COLONY - Photo by Brooke Holm.

Photo by Brooke Holm.

Founded and curated by Jean Lin, Colony is a TriBeCa gallery and community of independent furniture, lighting, textiles, and object designers coming together on a New York City stage to celebrate American design. This year’s showcase features works by lighting designer Bec Brittain, design studio Grain, Scheibe Design furniture makers, and textile artist Hiroko Takeda.

A Year Without A Kiln

Through June 22 @ Emma Scully Gallery – 16 E 79th St, New York, NY 10075, [Map].
A Year Without a Kiln, Simone Bodmer-Turner at Emma Scully Gallery - Photo by William Jess Laird, courtesy of Emma Scully Gallery.

Photo by William Jess Laird, courtesy of Emma Scully Gallery.

While moving from Brooklyn to Massachusetts, Simone Bodmer-Turner couldn’t access the kiln she uses to craft her pieces. The acclaimed ceramic artist explored different materials such as bronze, wood, lacquer, and silk for an entire year. The result is on display at the Emma Scully Gallery, where she recreated her own living room featuring the new experimental works.

HEAD HI Lamp Show

May 17-19 @ Head Hi – 146 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205, [Map].
HEAD HI Lamp Show - Photo by Fabrizio Amoroso.

Photo by Fabrizio Amoroso.

HEAD HI is an organisation dedicated to art and design, specialising in publications and cultural programming with an espresso bar in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, by the Navy Yard. This year’s Lamp Show celebrates the joy of light with a curated presentation of lighting objects selected through an international open call.

Finding the Light

May 17-23 @ Common Things shop – 76 East 7th Street, New York City, NY 10003, [Map].
Faucet Lamp by Bianca Codina at Finding the Light exhibition at Common Things shop.

Faucet Lamp by Bianca Codina, courtesy of Common Things.

Common Things is an East Village shop devoted to humble, everyday objects. For NYCxDESIGN 2024, it presents an exhibition of lamps by Candy Valentine Edition Cf studio, Ryoko Nakamura and Christopher Flechtner of Triptych studio, and neon artist Juno Shen. We fell in love with the Faucet Lamp by Bianca Codina, which pours light instead of water.

Crafting Selfhood

Through May 23 @ 3.1 Phillip Lim – 48 Great Jones St, New York City, NY 10012, [Map].
Crafting Selfhood - Photo by Angela Hau.

Photo by Angela Hau.

At 3.1 Phillip Lim fashion boutique, Crafting Selfhood celebrates thirteen female AAPI—Asian American and Pacific Islander—artists and designers who integrate heritage, identity, and, often, sly humour in ceramics, textiles, and sculptural objects. The exhibition is organised by Karen Wong & Lora Appleton and is presented in partnership with the Female Design Council.

Designing Women IV by Egg Collective

Through June 15 @ Egg Collective – 151 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013, [Map].
Designing Women IV, Eileen Gray's House for Two Sculptors. Exhibition by Egg Collective- Courtesy of NYCxDESIGN.

Courtesy of NYCxDESIGN.

New York-based Egg Collective continues its exploration of female creativity. The Designing Women IV: Eileen Gray’s House for Two Sculptors exhibition uses photorealistic renderings to reimagine an unfinished project that the Irish architect Eileen Gray conceived in 1933.

Chromatic Stance

From May 15 @ Tuleste Factory – 191 7th Ave #2R, New York, NY 10011, [Map].
Chromatic Stance exhibition - Photo by Tuleste Factory.

Photo by Tuleste Factory.

In Chelsea, Manhattan, Tuleste Factory celebrates the dynamic interplay of colour, form, and posture across various artistic mediums. Curated by Satu & Celeste Greenberg, the exhibition features works by six new Factory artists utilising a diverse range of materials such as plaster, resin, bronze, steel, velvet, and many more.


May 17-23 @ America Design Club – 265 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013, [Map].
Mugs by Harry Allen for the MOUTHFUL exhibition by The American Design Club show - Photo by Harry Allen.

Mugs by Harry Allen – Photo by Harry Allen.

The retail platform American Design Club presents Mouthful, a show of cups, glassware, drinking vessels, and anything innovative we choose to put on our lips and take a sip. The exhibition at Canal Street Market features pieces by 50 designers who responded to the call and challenge of the platform’s founder, Kiel Mead, and ceramist Wyatt Little.

Animal-inspired sculpture by Porky Hefer - Photo by Hayden Phipps.

Animal-inspired sculpture by Porky Hefer – Photo by Hayden Phipps.