New York Design Week 2013: the highlights
Living up to its mantra as ’the city that never sleeps’, New York threw down the gauntlet last weekend with NYC x Design - an umbrella title for the stalwart International Contemporary Furniture Fair, the up-and-coming contender Wanted Design and cool hipster offering that is Noho Design District.
This year’s event unleashed itself on a rather weary public. The two weeks prior saw the coming and going of two design and art fairs: Collective Design Show and Frieze, leaving only the strongest marching onwards to the end of May.
Nevertheless, New Yorkers and their international counterparts lapped up all the design that was on offer, with pop-up exhibitions, cocktail hours and intellectual panel discussions sprouting up all over the city. Team Wallpaper* was, of course, there in force, supporting friends like Tom Dixon, who launched his Adidas and accessories ranges into the hallowed halls of ABC Carpet and Home, and Neri & Hu, who unveiled a brand new furniture collection produced by De La Espada.
Amidst the frantic, mad dash, it was satisfying to see New York continuing to cement its position on the international design calendar. ICFF once again recruited niche designers and makers to exhibit within the Javits Centre, while Wanted Design upped the ante with exhibitors coming from as far as Turkey, Puerto Rico, El Salvador and Quebec to present their products. New York may have experienced three consecutive weeks of citywide fairs, yet it continued to brim with creative energy. And for that, we are grateful.