New York Design Week 2018
Design devotees look to America’s creative scene this month at New York Design Week (11–23 May). From Brooklyn to Manhattan, the concrete jungle is heating up with new launches, exhibitions and pop-ups. The event’s original cornerstone, ICFF is joined by group shows and new boutiques, plus 2018 sees more international collaborations than ever before. Join us to explore the unmissable highlights straight from the Big Apple....
Pop-up WallpaperSTORE* at Poliform
Following its pop-up at Salone del Mobile, WallpaperSTORE* are now bringing its shop concept to New York inside Italian brand Poliform’s flagship. The retail haven will offer a curated edit of refined wares from the likes of Minimalux, Editions Milano, and more indispersed with snippets of its playful Milan concept store display Buy Now boxes by Atelier Biagetti.
16-25 May; 112 Madison Avenue; www.store.wallpaper.com
‘Material Interiors’ by Radnor
Despite being just over a year old, the young furniture brand Radnor has reached for great heights with its NYCxDesign week debut. Taking over a two-bedroom apartment in The Bryant, a David Chipperfield Architects-designed condominium overlooking Bryant Park, Radnor has collaborated with Workstead to create an enviable installation for the launch of the Radnor Made Collection, which features textiles and furniture designed by Bunn Studio and Adam Rogers. In addition the exhibition will also include new works from Radnor-represented designers, such as Egg Collective, PELLE, Marie Eklund, Julianne Ahn, Workstead and OYYO Studio.
By appointment; 2 May – 30 June; 16 West 40th Street; www.radnor.co
Home Studios at Wanted Design
As this year’s honoree of the American Design Honours, an award set up by Wanted Design and Bernhardt Design’s Jerry Helling, Oliver Haslegrave of Home Studios is deservedly having his time in the spotlight. A veteran at creating stylish interiors and having launched the studio’s product line, Homework, just last year, Haslegrave will present several new introductions in a specially designed installation at Wanted Design Manhattan.
‘Balance/Unbalanced’ at Colony
For its latest showcase of American design, the cooperative showspace Colony tasked 17 creatives to tackle the notion of balance. Curated by founder Jean Lin, ‘Balance/Unbalanced’ will feature work from designers such as Moving Mountains, M. Callahan Studio, Vonnegut/Kraft, Hiroko Takeda and Farrah Sit, just to name a few. The resulting pieces range from furniture, textiles, objects and lighting to spatial, experiential and acoustic design, and promises to uphold the space’s values of bringing refinement together with progressive design in harmony.
17-24 May; 324 Canal Street; www.goodcolony.com
Sight Unseen Offsite
After four years of creating their own design destination by bringing exciting young talent together, Sight Unseen has refocused this year’s efforts around a central theme: cross-disciplinary collaboration. Eschewing the usual fair format of individual brand presentations, Sight Unseen Offsite has instead gone for one group exhibition as its centrepiece, while also pairing designers with a host of satellite venues, such as 3.1 Philip Lim and Opening Ceremony, scattered around downtown New York. Touching on areas as varied as food, fashion and film, 2018’s edition is set to break the mold.
17-20 May; 201 Mulberry Street; offsite.sightunseen.com
Tom Dixon Live Factory
After two years of being located on an unassuming piece of Howard Street, Tom Dixon’s New York showroom will be upping sticks to the heart of Soho, opening alongside many other furniture brands. The new space, which will be greatly expanded, will during design week house a pop-up version of Dixon’s Flash Factory which reveals how the brand’s new version of its limited edition ‘Etch Light’ is made. Also on view will be pieces from the latest ‘Hot and Wet’ collection – design-forward surface lighting that can withstand the heat and humidity of kitchens and bathrooms.
25 Greene Street; tomdixon.net
Kalon Studios at Calliope
Proving that NYCxDesign is not just for local designers, the Los Angeles-based studio Kalon will bring its dining collection over to the East Coast for its launch at the inviting West Village home store, Calliope. Founders Michaele Simmering and Johann Pauwen design their elemental pieces in Los Angeles, which are then made in Pennsylvania to ensure the utmost attention to detail and quality. Each addition in Kalon’s collection is conceived as a simple, yet highly elevated version of an everyday object, and embodies modern sustainability at every turn.
349 West 12th Street; www.kalonstudios.com
Designing Women II: Masters, Mavericks and Mavens by Egg Collective
Following on from their poignant effort last year, the female-owned Egg Collective has reprised its gathering of female designers, this time extending the contemporary offering to include historical figures as well. Co-curated by Kinder Modern’s Lora Appleton, the exhibition will feature an international array of products ranging from furniture, ceramics, textiles, lighting and jewellery by designers including Bari Ziperstein, Greta Magnusson Grossman, Mira Nakashima and Natalie Weinberger.
10 May – 1 June; 304 Hudson Street; www.eggcollective.com
‘Furnishing Utopia’, the joint homage to Shaker design values lead by Studio Gorm, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio and Chris Specce, returns with a third iteration devoted to daily chores. Presented together with Design Within Reach and the Norwegian Consulate of New York, the new collection has been designed by 24 international studios that have created objects, which turn tedious tasks into mindful rituals. Accompanied by a visual and sound installation, the exhibition will include objects from several new designers joining the project this year, such as Katrin Greilling, MSDS, Earnest Studio and Shigeki Fujishiro.
19-22 May; 158 Mercer Street; www.shakerdesignproject.com
Collective Concept at ICFF
Since its launch in 2016, Collective Design fair’s Collective Concept has served to enable practising designers in the fields of furniture and lighting to showcase their creative (and often artistic) processes. Following on from the fair’s move to March this year, Collective Design Fair has partnered with the stalwart ICFF to provide a platform for collectible design within the Jacob Javits Centre. The designers participating in this inaugural collaboration includes Crosby Studio, Allied Maker, Fort Standard and Jeff Martin Joinery. Pictured: Alabaster floor totem. Courtesy Allied Maker
Although the most talked about borough in New York City, Brooklyn has never featured as prominently on the design trail as it promises to do this year. Its pioneering design showcase, Brooklyn Designs, moves to a new home this year: the Brooklyn Museum, where it will kick off the opening weekend of NYCxDesign. In these new digs, the show will include work from over 50 brands, including the Red Hook-based furniture studio Token, who celebrates 10 years of work. There will also be a makers’ marketplace, dynamic programming and an exhibition of historic ceramics from the museum’s decorative arts collection. Pictured: Kiki low table by Token
11-13 May; 200 Eastern Parkway; www.brooklyndesigns.nyc