New York Design Week 2019
The concrete jungle gets its yearly influx of creative energy during spring. Hot on the heels of the art fair Frieze, NYCxDesign (10-22 May) gears up for a sprawling showcase across multiple districts, from Flatiron to Greenpoint. Inimitable gallery shows, boutique openings, and blockbuster exhibitions draw crowds from far and wide, while visitors to group shows like ICFF (19-22 May) and Wanted Design (16-21 May) are invited to experience innovative launches and discover fresh talent. Here you can navigate the neighbourhoods, delve deeper into conceptual projects and follow our live highlights as they happen...
Ladies & Gentlemen and Henrybuilt
It was a shared interest in design methodologies and a collaborative past in Seattle that bought about this exhibition between manufacturer Henrybuilt and Brooklyn-based design studio Ladies & Gentlemen. The latter will realise an installation in Henrybuilt’s Soho showroom using new lighting and objects by Origin (pictured), a new brand by Gabriel Tan that connects international designers with Portuguese artisans. Titled ‘Common Ground,’ the show promises to display the spirit of creative partnership at its finest.
17 May - 17 June; 12 Crosby St, 10013
Interlude by Apparatus
Few design studios can create a mood like Apparatus can. Fresh off the back of presenting its Interlude collection in Milan, the studio exhibits it’s newest creations on home turf in a new installation created by creative director Gabriel Hendifar. Evoking the furnishing of an imagined, modernist concert hall, the limited edition collection features hand embroidery, alabaster, eel skin, and Carpathian for a fantastical feel.
20-22 May; 124 West 30th Street, Floor 4, 10001
Chen Chen and Kai Williams at Casa Perfect
The homely setting of The Future Perfect’s Casa Perfect in New York provides a dreamy backdrop for the conceptual new work of the Brooklyn-based design duo Chen Chen and Kai Williams. Focused on incorporating stone (both found and remnant from quarry excavation) into furniture pieces, the duo has created a memorable array of unexpected interpretations that highlight the material’s natural structure and beauty.
By appointment only. 2 May-1 August; 8 Saint Luke’s Place, 10014
Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial
Nature is the theme for the 2019 Cooper Hewitt Design Tiennale, launching in collaboration with Cube design museum in Kerkrade, Netherlands. With the focal point at climate change, the exhibition will urge visitors to reconsider the human relationship to nature. 60 projects will reveal designers working with scientists, engineers, academics and more to find solutions to critical global issues. The show follows the blockbuster opening of XXII Triennale di Milano’s ‘Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival’ in Milan in March.
Pictured, Bamboo Theatre, 2015-ongoing by Xu Tiantian and DnA Design and Architecture. Courtesy, the Designer. Photography: Wang Ziling © DnA_Design and Architecture
10 May 2019 – 20 January 2020; 2 East 91st Street, 10128
Colonial Caribbean architecture was the starting point for Colombian studio Tu Taller Design’s new table, set to debut at Wanted Design. Described as being ‘built to allow the ocean winds to pass through,’ the sideboard/table hybrid uses a cocktail of materials including acrylic, frosted glass and marble for its form. The new work joins a roster of Colombian talents at Wanted Design represented by Medellín Design Week.
18-21 May; 269 11th Avenue, between 27th and 28th Street, 10001
Egg Collective in Tribeca
The female-helmed studio Egg Collective trades in its Soho showroom address for a Tribeca one this year. In addition to debuting a new furniture collection here, the three-strong team will also unveil collaborations with design contemporaries such as the art-driven surface firm Callidus Guild and textile artist Hiroko Takeda. The new digs will also host works by contemporary artists including Mimi Jung, Kristina Riska and Stephen Somple, amongst others.
From 22 May; 151 Hudson Street, 10013
‘Unnatural Habitat’ by Pelle
Inspired by the idea of bridging the gap between natural phenomena and abstraction, the interdisciplinary design studio invites visitors to its Flatiron showroom and atelier to view its latest designs. Highlights include a kinetic lighting installation titled ‘Dust’ and a new palm frond-inspired version of its Lure lamp, plus a precision-milled aluminium table named DVN. Staged with billowing curtains installed amidst the firm’s light-drenched space, the studio setting is likely to enhance both the dream-like and abstract qualities of the new designs.
15 May-28 June; 56 West 22nd Street, 10010
‘Under the Office’ by Visibility
To celebrate its fifth anniversary, design studio Visibility has conceived ‘Under the Office’ – a pop-up exhibition revealing its creative process while charting the progression of its work. Showcasing both prototypes and works designed for brands ranging from Outdoor Voices (for Wallpaper* Handmade), Matter Made and Good Thing, to Normann Copenhagen and Roll & Hill, the exhibition shines a spotlight on Visibility’s past, present and future, with both hits and misses getting equal attention.
16-20 May; 195 Chrystie Street,10002
Inside its Soho showroom, lighting brand Luceplan reveals its US product launches, following its Salone del Mobile debut at lighting special Euroluce. Included are sound absorbing suspension lights by Stephen Burks titled Trypta (pictured); intricately crafted glass blown pendants by David Dolcini, and sculptural brass forms from Daniel Rybakken.
From 15 May; 14 Wooster Street, 10013
Trueing at Pas de Calais
Brooklyn-based design studio Trueing was inspired by raw metal links found on industrial sites for the forms of its newest lighting collection, Cerine. These borosilicate glass chains have been turned into sconce, floor lamp and more, and will showcase at the Pas de Calais boutique in Soho. Read more in the June 2019 issue of Wallpaper* (W*243), on newsstands from 9 May
15-31 May; 482 Broome Street, 10012
‘Corks’ by Jasper Morrison
For Jasper Morrison’s first solo gallery exhibition in North America, Kasmin Gallery has placed the spotlight on the designer’s first complete series of furniture made from cork. Stemming from his interest in the material, which exudes both functionality and unique atmospheric qualities, Morrison has crafted chairs, chaise lounges, stools, bookshelves and even a fireplace, from reconstituted wine bottle corks – some of which can still be noticeable in their original shape.
9 May-29 June; Kasmin Gallery, 509 W 27th Street, 10001
‘Patterns of Light’ by Rich Brilliant Willing
The US lighting manufacturer throws open the doors of its Soho showroom and studio for the debut of its latest presentation, ‘Patterns of Light’, which includes new designs – oversized textile pendants made from canvas sail cloth. Juxtaposing scale and volume with a warm luminosity, the fresh work is testament to RBW’s ten years of work.
14-22 May; 50 Greene Street, 10013
Hot on the heels of the studio’s Los Angeles residency at the MAK Center’s Schindler McKay Apartments, Lindsey Adelman unveils a newly expanded 5,000 sq ft showroom space in NoHo that comes armed with a vast material resource library, a behind-the-scenes look at the studio’s design processes and enough space to showcase over ten years of creative work and archival material. Photography: Lauren Coleman
16-18 May; 324 Lafayette Street, Floor 7, 10012
Calico Wallpaper and Workstead
Staged within the historic arcade of the neoclassical Merchant’s Square Building in Tribeca, a harmonious joint effort between Calico Wallpaper and Workstead opens, presenting their latest collections together. The show promises to play to both studios’ individual strengths in the obscure space that also houses Arcade Bakery – a Workstead-designed rest stop for coffee and baked goods.
14-21 May; Arcade Bakery, 220 Church Street, 10013
Coil + Drift
The succinct design signature of the Brooklyn-based design studio Coil + Drift temporarily takes over a Lower East Side storefront for the week, which serves as a tranquil backdrop for its latest lighting collection, Assemblage. Inspired by founder John Sorensen-Jolink’s experience of buying and renovating his first home, the range is a poetic amalgam of geometric shapes, tarnished brass and walnut.
15-19 May; 2 Rivington Street, 10002
The shared offices of PR entrepreneur Alexandra Polier and designer Frederick McSwain doubles up as a furniture showroom that the duo have christened The Stable. Conveniently located in Manhattan’s NoHo district, the space provides a stylish New York home for the collections of the Swedish furniture brand Fogia, metal fabricators Neal Feay, lighting designer Carolyn Cartwright and McSwain himself.
By appointment only. 35 Great Jones Street, 10012
The furniture fair may well have been passed over for more light-footed, independent design showcases over the years, but 2019’s edition promises to see the behemoth claw its way back into relevance. Adding to its usual mix of established design names, such as Bernhardt Design, the fair will also host product debuts from the likes of Danish kitchen label Reform CPH, who will unveil new designs from Muller van Severen (pictrued), David Thulstrup and Note Design Studio, as well as from emerging entities, such as the Brooklyn-based studio Standard Issue.
19-22 May; Javits Center, 655 W 34th Street, 10001
‘The Chair’ at The Future Perfect
Designers Kelly Wearstler, Omer Arbel, Alex P White and more have created pieces for The Future Perfect’s chair exhibition. Each of the 50 unique designs have been selected by founder David Alhadeff and gallery director Laura Young for an experimental showcase that challenges the norm of a chair as a functional everyday object. Read more here.
Until 1 June; 55 Great Jones Street, 10012
Studio INI at A/D/O by MINI
For creative space A/D/O’s second NYCxDesign showcase, they have commissioned Nassia Inglessis, director of Studio INI for her first major US project. Here the Athens and London-based designer delves deeper into her studies between human connection and the built environment and materiality. In the courtyard of A/D/O in Brooklyn, Urban Imprint will be a kinetic installation – a cocoon-like sculpture that ‘will rise, recede, and partially separate,’ allowing the visitor to manipulate the urban architectural surroundings.
17 May – summer 2019; 29 Norman Ave, Brooklyn, 11222
‘Slow Motion’ by Aldo Bakker
A meditative performance of the Dutch artist and designer sculptural work is on view at Carpenters Workshop Gallery for the duration of design week. Escape 19 floors up and experience the forms in a calming dialogue between each other. Read more here
Until 22 June; 693, 5th Avenue, 10022