Design is ubiquitous in New York City this week with the inaugural NYCxDESIGN, which includes over 200 events at venues throughout the city. Whether at home, at work, or somewhere in between, you’re likely to be within a stone’s throw from a New York Design Week event or exhibition. Think of it as the design industry’s answer to Fashion’s Night Out—but for 12 days—and Editor at Large has edited down the essential guide to interior design-related events and highlights to help you navigate the week.
Speaker Quinn of the New York City Council announces details of NYCxDESIGN on Friday
Running through Tuesday, May 21, NYCxDESIGN officially kicked off on Friday, and brings together culture, education, commerce and entertainment with a full, varied program including exhibitions, installations, design shows and exhibitions, talks, product launches and open houses. The week’s events span all disciplines of design, from graphic and product design to architecture and fashion, digital and urban design to furniture and interior design.
NYCxDESIGN is a collaboration among the City Council, Mayor’s Office, City agencies and a steering committee composed of some of the City’s most renowned design institutions, retailers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, curators, educators, editors and, of course, designers.
Design Fairs, Markets, Shows and Festivals:
The 25th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is North America’s platform for global design, and maps out the newest frontier of what’s best and what’s next in design. The fair takes place at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center from May 18 – 21 and is open to the trade only, except on the ICFF public day, Tuesday, May 21. Over the course of the four days more than 500 exhibitors from all points of the globe will display contemporary furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, and kitchen and bath for residential and commercial interiors. Visit the website for exhibitor information and a list of the “ICFF Talks."
The critically acclaimed designjunction event is supporting contemporary design agent smallpond in a new project “INTRO NY.” The project will be a capsule event featuring select products from considered design brands: Castor, Council, Massproductions, Modus, neo-utility, Resident, and Very Good & Proper. INTRO NY will be a place to do business, socialize or relax. The gallery interior will be configured in a series of intimate vignettes, each representing a different brand. The pop-up retail shop will allow visitors to browse the latest design accessories and take them home. In the courtyard there will be an outdoor café run by Brooklyn Roasting Company and a relaxing seating area for visitors to unwind. The show will be open daily May 18 – 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. at 379 Broome Street.
WantedDesign (May 17 – 20) is a creative and convivial platform that brings together international designers, architects, interior designers, craftsmen, editors, manufactures, curators and communication specialist—all under one roof. The design show features workshops, conversation series, school projects, a pop-up store and lounges and cafes for people to relax and connect. The event continues to take place in the Landmark building, Terminal Stores/The Tunnel, on 11th Avenue and 28th Street, and its format reflects what New York is: multicultural, convivial, provocative, contrasted, innovative, full of energy and talent. Click here for a full list of this year’s exhibitors and click here for a complete list of WantedDesign events. There will be a press preview on Friday, May 17 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. followed by the opening night party from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Lighting from the FROM QUEBEC exhibit
Debuting at WantedDesign, a tightly curated exhibition by FROM QUEBEC will feature over 20 exclusive pieces by Atelier Noah, Ceramik b, Guillaume Noiseux, Jean-Maxime Labrecque, Lambert Rainville, Loic Bard, Samare, Six Point Un, Guillaume Sasseville, St-ely, Tat Chao and Zoe Mowat. There will be a launch party on Friday, May 17 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. and the exhibition will be on display daily May 18 – 20 at WantedDesign.
For the fourth annual Noho Design District, Sight Unseen will once again turn New York’s Noho neighborhood into a vibrant destination for creativity and culture, organizing exhibitions, installations, collaborations, and parties for innovative design brands, independent retailers, and emerging talents, May 17 - 20. This year, the locus of activity shifts to an exciting new spot: SubCulture, a brand new events space in the basement of 45 Bleecker, where nine up-and-coming designers will exhibit as part of Noho Next. The Standard East Village hotel will host the latest group exhibition by the American Design Club—Trophy—and the second edition of Modern Craft will infiltrate the Merchant’s House Museum. Fort Standard will celebrate at the Bowery Hotel, before which will be a series of master classes hosted by local designers. There will be a photography exhibition at Plantworks, a domino launch and tournament at Billy Reid, and an exhibition of travel-related designs hosted by Field at Various Projects. As in years past, the Noho Design District will also encompass retail stores in the neighborhood including The Future Perfect, Environment, CHCM, BondToo, and more. The show takes place from 12:00 – 7:00 p.m. daily.
The Decoration and Design Building will host its annual Spring Market with over thirty showroom programs and events on Wednesday, May 15 from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Click here for a full list of programming.
Work from Harry Bertoia featured in the DORMA exhibition
From the beginning of his career in 1940 until its culmination in the late 1970s, Harry Bertoia was, fundamentally, a sculptor. He was many other things too—furniture designer, painter, jeweler—but all are based in his ability to think and visualize in three dimensions. From May 14-24, the DORMA Americas Design Center in collaboration with Arenson and Lost City Arts will present a display of Bertoia’s most compelling works, including some of his brilliant sound art pieces. The exhibition is free of charge but by appointment only. To schedule a visit, call 646-574-7464 or email.
The Gerald and Project Exhibition features more than 100 of the world’s most exciting and influential artists, illustrators and designers including Oliver Hibert, Tatiana Arocha, Insa, Stanley Chow, Kai and Sunny and Pete Fowler, who have taken a paper dog and made it their own as part of the two-year Gerald Project. Culminating in a book launch and exhibition, which will be on display from May 17 – May 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with a launch party on Thursday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. at 60 Reade Street.
“Barrique – The Third Life of Wood” is collaboration between San Patrignano, an Italian non-profit, and over thirty of the world’s leading designers and architects to create high-end furniture and decor using aged European wine barrels. The mission is to teach young adults structure and skills that can be applied to both design and life, while educating them on the importance of sustainability. The “Barrique” furniture exhibit is touring the United States and will be on display at the Poltrona Frau Showroom in Soho May 18-20 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Celebrating its 5th year, Model Citizens NYC, the platform for independent and emerging designers is a two part presentation: a small curated selection of furniture, lighting, accessories, and more from 30+ designers; and the launch of the new virtual gallery featuring a separate collection of selected works from around the globe that can only be seen online. Works from Haptic Lab, Brooklyn, Bruno Petronzi, Italy, and X+Q Art (Xiang Jing & QU Guangci), China and more will be featured. The two-part presentation will be on view daily from May 18 – May 20. There will also be a launch party on Saturday, May 18 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and a book signing of William Myers’ BioDesign: Nature + Science + Creativity on Sunday. May 19 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., all at the Ugo Cacciatori Showroom.
In honor of the 25th anniversary, W Union Square has joined forces with ICFF on an exclusive installation by Wanda Barcelona. “Fantastico” will be unveiled on Saturday, May 18 and is a fantasia on one of Spain’s truly iconic designs, the Spanish Fan. It will be open to the public through May 21.
Design Milk will present the exhibition and pop-up shop “East, Meet West! “at Bobby Berk Home, featuring products and designs by 100xBtr, Tanya Aguiniga, Bend Seating, Matt Gangon, Grain, graypants, Nell & Marry and many more. There will be an opening party on Saturday, May 18 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the showroom and products will be on display and for sale daily May 18 – 26. RSVP.
Parsons the New School for Design presents the Constructed Environment Exhibition which features drawings, models, and prototypes created by graduating students of the architecture, interior design, lighting design and product design programs at Parsons. The thesis show takes place in the exhibition space created by the Parsons Design Workshop, the school’s signature design-build program. There will be a launch party on Tuesday, May 21 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and the exhibition will be open daily from May 22 – 24 from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Woodwork by Gaetano Pesce
Visionary architect, designer and artist Gaetano Pesce will have his first solo, New York exhibition in 25 years, running through May 25. The show focuses on issues of love and empathy, be it for ourselves, each other or the world, that have been important themes in Pesce’s work. L’ABBRACCIO, (The Hug) the name of the exhibition, refers to a cabinet designed by Pesce in 2009 of two people locked in an embrace. In addition to its “namesake” cabinet, the exhibition will feature some of Pesce’s rarely seen drawings from the 1970s, maquettes, lighting and furniture. The exhibition is open to the public at the Fred Torres Collaboration from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily.
After the Museum: The Home Front 2013—is open to the public through June, 2 at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) and features designers and design collaborations from AIGA/NY, Aaron Anderson and Eric Timothy Carlson, Alexandra Lange, American Design Club, Are.na, BOFFO CLOG, D-Crit at SVA, Fredericks & Mae, Garmento, JF & SON, Keetra Dean Dixon + JK Keller, The Lab at Rockwell, Leon Ransmeier MatterMade, Murray Moss, Charlie O’Geen, Other Means Project, Projects REPLY, Rich Brilliant Willing, ROLU, Pratt, Snarkitecture, Stefan Sagmeister, Superscript, Touch Gallery, Type@Cooper, Various Projects, Volume Gallery, and Wanted Design W/–– Projects. Admission is $15 General, $12 Senior and Students, Pay-What-You-Wish Thurs. & Fri. 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Gallery R’Pure presents “Off the Grid” featuring new pieces from Brooklyn based French born François Chambard and New York based Frederick McSwain. The installation includes Elodie Blanchard “Urban Camouflage,” a hand-knotted textile wall. The installation will be on display daily from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. through June 6.
Beth Campbell is known for both her text based drawings, My Potential Future Based on Present Circumstances, and room-filling installations that play with perception by reflecting the simulacra of our mundane everyday environments without the use of a single mirror. This exhibition—Multiple Singularities—in the gallery at Hotel Particulier focuses on recent works by Campbell that serve as the antidote to our mass-produced lives. Lamps, sinks and towels – the stuff of modern domestication—that often fade into the background, reduced to their functionality, here take center stage. The exhibition is open to the public through June 8.
The Sebastian + Barquet Gallery will open a new exhibition featuring coupled design installations of contemporary and period master works by Jacques Jarrige, Gio Ponti, George Nakashima, Jean Royere, Johnny Swing, Donald Judd and Charlotte Perriand. There will be an opening night reception on Tuesday, May 14 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. RSVP.
Starting on Thursday, May 23 the Neue Galerie New York will present a monographic exhibition, Designing Modern Vienna, devoted to the Austrian artist, designer and Wiener Werkstätte co-founder Koloman Moser (1868-1918). Curated by scholar Dr. Christian Witt-Dörring, this comprehensive show will survey the entirety of Moser’s decorative arts career. Included in the exhibition will be important interior design commissions, examples of graphic design, furniture, textiles, jewelry, metalwork, glass, and earthenware, many of which are illustrated by numerous preparatory drawings and prints. The exhibition will run through September 2, daily from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Admission is $20 and $10 for seniors and students.
Bergdorf Goodman has transformed its 57th Street windows in honor of ICFF. David Hoey and Shane Ruth are celebrating the show with pieces from 16 exhibitors including Vitra, Tom Dixon, Artek USA Inc, Mary Wallis and Carlo Aiello. The windows will be on display throughout New York Design Week.
Tom Dixon's Rough & Smooth
As part of ICFF, Tom Dixon will present the Rough & Smooth along with a major metalwork installation. A pop-up manufacturing unit creating live on-site production, all set alongside the brand new collection fresh from Milan.
Taking place in locations throughout the city, the Parsons Festival (May 5 – 24) features exhibitions, public programs, interactive installations, workshops, and special events featuring cutting-edge work by students at Parsons The New School for Design. Established to showcase the creativity and innovation of Parsons students in a range of media, from fashion design to fine arts, photography, illustration, communication design, interactive design, architecture, interior design, product design, lighting design, as well as new scholarship in the field, the festival invites the public to preview the next generation of art and design leaders. For more information, please visit the Parsons Festival website.
TheSHOP by MySuites, which is a collection of unique local design by the best up-and-coming local designers from Brooklyn and NYC, will launch with an opening party on Friday, May 17 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. TheSHOP will be open for business there after on Monday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Friday – Sunday by appointment only.
ddc and Minotti New York will host a party to celebrate the 2013 collection unveiling on Friday, May 17 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. This is a private event, by invitation only.
Axor Starck's Organic Collection
On Friday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. Axor NYC will host a VIP event celebrating the North American launch of the Axor Starck Organic Collection with designer Philippe Starck and Axor Brand Manager Philippe Grohe. This is a private event, by invitation only.
Effeti USA’s NYC location is ready for the grand re-opening on Friday, May 17 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Guests are invited to come and see the latest designs by Oscar and Gabriele Buratti while sampling some of Italy’s delicious small-production wines.
The Foscarini Showroom welcomes the design world into its first exhibition space and shop in NYC. On Saturday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m. guests are invited to an opening cocktail party. RSVP is required to attend.
Al-Hamad Design Studio will host its opening and launch party on Monday, May 20 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at 67 West St. Suite #505 Brooklyn. The event will be held in the studio in the Historic Greenpoint Terminal Market Building. This exhibition will feature both new and established work by Al-Hamad Design as well as artwork from Christopher Gatton and Matias Arganaraz.
Bisazza will display its 2013 Bisazza Mosaic Collection at its NYC showroom throughout the week and will host a cocktail party on Monday, May 20 until 9:00 p.m. Guests are invited to an evening of drinks and a special viewing of the collection.
ddc DESIGNPOST hosts a cocktail reception to celebrate the 2013 Collection Premiere. Featuring new products from Zanotta, Paola Lenti, Missoni Home, and welcoming Baxter and Vitra. The party will take place on Monday, May 20 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and is sponsored by Interiors Magazine. This is a private event, by invitation only.
Kartell presents a special display to celebrate the Taschen monograph book “Kartell – The Culture of Plastics” as well as the new Kravitz Design Mademoiselle chairs, now in production, at the flagship showroom in NYC. Guests are invited to celebrate with Kartell on Monday, May 20 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
On Friday, May 17 head to the Mondo Collection Showroom to celebrate New York Design Week. The party will feature music and live performances by Animations. Guests will be the first to witness the launch of Mondon Collection’s new scented candle line. Proceeds from the candle sales at the event will benefit The Alpha Workshops. The party takes place from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Shell Chair by Hans Wegner
Carl Hansen & Son invites guests to join them for the Maharam Shell Chair Project honoring the 50th anniversary of the CH07 designed by Hans J. Wegner. The party takes place on Friday, May 17 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. with Danish fare provided by Aamanns Copenhagen. This is a private event, by invitation only.
Blu Dot hosts its annual ICFF shindig on Saturday, May 18 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Soho Showroom. Celebrate 25 years of ICFF and take a look at brand new designs, a fresh catalog, enjoy fresh drinks, hot jams and more. RSVP.
On Monday, May 20 guests are invited to celebrate ICFF at Molteni&C and to view the Vivere all Ponti installation designed by Gio Ponti between 1935 and 1958. Head to the flagship showroom from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. for cocktails. RSVP.
ALT for Living will host its annual private party in honor of ICFF from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Monday, May 20. The party will celebrate Robin Gray’s Celestial Mirror Images Rug Collection and the official announcement of Oxid Fabrics joining the US market. This is a private event, by invitation only.
Head to the Luceplan Store for an evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on Monday, May 20 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. and celebrate the US launch of the Synapse—the new creation by designer Francisco Gomez Paz.
In celebration of NYCxDESIGN, The New York Design Center will open its doors to the public offering access to over 90 showrooms featuring the finest luxury design resources. NYDC will be open to the public through May 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. Visit www.NYDC.com for updates on special events and activities during the week.
Moltenti&C will host a press breakfast to mark the UK launch of the Holiday sofa by Ferruccio Laviani and Teso Tavolino by Foster+Partners. The breakfast will be from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. at the flagship showroom on Thursday, May 16.
On Thursday, May 16 and Tuesday, May 21 the NYC Building of Creatives will host an open house from 12:00 – 7:00 p.m. and will feature demonstrations from upholstery and custom interiors to contemporary French furniture and Giliding demonstrations.
Special guests are invited to a VIP lunch with Phillipe Stark at Axor NYC on Friday, May 17 at 11:00 a.m. for a preview of the collection along with an organic lunch. This is a private event, by invitation only.
STORY, the ever-changing retail concept store in Chelsea, presents STORY DESIGN through May 25. STORY is 2000 sf a retail space that has the point of view of a magazine, changes like a gallery and sells things like a store. Every four to eight weeks, STORY will change out all its merchandise, design, fixtures and reinvent the store around a different story-based theme. Visit during store hours: Mon.-Weds. And Fri.-Sat. 11:00 a.m.-8 :000p.m.; Thurs. 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Sun. 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Moroso is bringing a glimpse of Salone to New York with Patricia Urquiola’s new designs by Clarissa and Mathilda. Press are invited to a preview of the collection on Saturday, May 18 from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. at the showroom. Moroso will also introduce Heel by Nedo, Tia Maria by Enrico Franzolini and a new collection of eco-friendly knit accessories by Fem Home. RSVP.
Papillio seats by Naoto Fukasawa
B&B Italia invite guests to the Soho location on Saturday, May 18 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 19 from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. to experience the newly-released Papilio seats for indoor and outdoor, designed by Naoto Fukasawa. Champagne and desserts will be served.
On Sunday, May 19 stop by the High Line Showroom at the Standard Hotel to see the latest from Herman Miller. On display will be the best of what’s next–from the archival reintroduction of the Eames Molded Fiberglass Chair, to Mirra 2, the next generation of performance seating, to the newest designs, Sam Hecht and Kim Colin’s Wireframe Sofa Group and Leon Ransmeier’s AGL Table Group. The event runs from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Celebrated Italian architect and designer Paola Navone is recognized for her work with names like Alessi, Armani Home, Eumenes, Kasthall, Lando, Natuzzi and Reichenbach. Anthropologie commemorates its addition to that list with an event at their Soho store location featuring one of Navone’s renowned installations and “Out of India”, her new bedroom collection. The collection will be on display from May 19 – August 1. There will be a launch party on Sunday, May 19 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. RSVP.
NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens) and Vocedi invite guests to celebrate the launch of ZIG by Cezign on Monday, May 20 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. (43-45 Grand Street).
SUITE New York, is hosting a breakfast on Monday, May 20 from 8:30 – 10:30 in honor of the start of ICFF. Special guests include Mark Albrecht of Mark Albrecht Studio, ceramic lighting artists Jeremy Cole and Gabriel Kakon and Scott Richler of Gabriel Scott, who will be showing off their new designs. This is a private event, by invitation only.
On Monday, May 20 Cottages & Gardens Publications invite guests to a breakfast at the Christian Liaigre showroom. D.J. Carey, editorial director of CTC&G and Kendell Cronstrom, editor-in-chief of NYC&G and HC&G will celebrate ICFF with guests from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Property hosts its annual "Hot Property" themed party at the Soho store to celebrate the 25th ICFF. The event will feature design vignettes for summer curated by owners Sabrina Schilcher and Ondine Harris. It also celebrates the launch of top Italian Design house Casamania's first-ever "Shop in Shop." Stop by the store on Monday, May 20 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Lecture/Panel Discussions, Educational Classes and Workshops:
From luxury crystal chandelier inspirations and artist-illuminated sculpture to creating your own lighting masterpiece, Baccarat will host a panel discussion addressing just that. Join artist Lawrence Morell; Ninive Petrocelli, president of Cristol Inc.; Tony Ingrao, principal of Ingrao Inc.; and Darren Nolan, senior project designer for Peter Marino + Associates in the Baccarat Showroom in the D&D Building on Monday, May 13 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Admission is $15 for IIDA members, $30 for non-members, $10 for students and educators.
On Wednesday, May 15 join Iris Apfel in the theatre at the Museum of Art and Design (MAD) for a live interview and audience Q&A hosted by Deborah Needleman, editor-in-chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine. Apfel will reflect on her personal style, her varied career in design and her advice for today’s generation of burgeoning creatives. The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. and is $10 for the general public and $8 for members and students.
The New York School of Interior Design and MODERN Magazine present the first comprehensive educational program devoted to the study of collecting modern and contemporary design starting on Tuesday, May 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Collecting Design: History, Collections, Highlights explores the following themes and styles in a weekly two-hour class: The American Arts and Crafts Movement, Viennese Design and the Wiener Werkstatte, French Art Deco and Modernism, Mid-Century American Design, French Postwar Design; The American Studio Movement; Postmodernism; Collecting Contemporary Design. Registration for single classes is available. Continuing education credit offered. The fee is $70 per class and $500 for 10 sessions. (Additional dates include May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2 and July 9).
How does the body interact with a building? How do people interact socially within spaces? How do commissions interact with the design process? How do communities interact with one another? These questions will all be answered by the panel discussion “Interactive Spaces.” The discussion explores dimensions of interactivity in design, from analog to digital, and 2-D to 3-D, through a variety of examples drawing from FXFOWLE and Project Projects’ multidisciplinary practices. Case studies will include the newly-launched fxfowle.com, designed by Project Projects, along with interactive structures, exhibitions, public spaces, and related media. Moderator: Alan Brake of The Architect’s Newspaper; Panelists: Rob Giampietro and Prem Krishnamurthy of Project Projects; and Guy Geier and Tim Milam of FXFOWLE. The discussion will take place on Tuesday, May 14 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Project Projects and there will be a complimentary cocktail reception immediately following the panel. RSVP to Emily Alli.
“Sustainable Design Thinking” will ask: What environmental issues can be tackled by design? What are the success stories? What are the most pressing issues? Sustainable design holds the promise of changing the world from the site of human-wrought ecological calamity to the home of people living in harmony with nature—and it begins with you. Join instructor: Neil Chambers, founder/CEO of Chambers Design, Inc., and author of Urban Green: Architecture for the Future at FIT on Tuesday, May 14 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. for this discussion.
Designed by Arnstein Arneberg in 1952 as a gift from Norway to the United Nations, the UN Security Council Chamber inspires efforts toward international peace and understanding. On April 16, 2013, after a three-year renovation process, the Chamber was reopened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide. Join the Center for Architecture for a panel discussion about the UN Security Council Chamber’s architectural, artistic and political history. The discussion takes place on Wednesday, May 15 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and is free for AIA members and $10 for non-members.
Successful design is a team endeavor. “Managing the Design Process” workshop at FIT will work to explain how to manage input and complete projects in a timely and effective fashion. Questions considered include how the design process is integrated with other management areas such as marketing and production, and which strategies expedite the design process without sacrificing quality. The workshop will be instructed by Tania Frey, design director and corporate Merchandise advisor, Stone DesignWorks & Cage Creations, and takes place on Wednesday, May 15 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Parson's design student
On Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17 the Shelia C. Johnson Design Center at the Parsons New School for Design will host a graduate student symposium from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The symposium explores a range of student research on decorative arts and design history, fashion studies and history, and design studies and theory. The event features current research in these fields, bringing together students from the MA History of Decorative Arts and Design, MA Fashion Studies, and MA Design Studies programs at Parsons.
On Thursday, May 16 Edward Smith of Caesar Ceramics will share stories and experiences on the Roman Empire, the city of Rome and its effects on Western culture and the world today, with guests of the Daltile Showroom from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. RSVP.
Guests are invited to the Haworth Showroom for an evening of discovery as Aidan Chopra uncovers the fundamentals of SketchUp, the world’s most intuitive tool for architects and designers. The talk will take place on Monday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m. RSVP to Vivian Samuels.
Linge Roset will host a special discussion and breakfast for bloggers on Monday, May 20 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at the WantedDesign conversation lounge. Join Antoine Roset for a formal debut of Togo’s 40th anniversary collection and see the new lounge style and materials created by Alcantara. RSVP. Transportation will be provided to ICFF at 10:00 a.m.
Each day at noon in the WantedDesign Conversation Lounge, join Ligne Roset and Metropolis Magazine for a conversation series. The topics include: Craftsmanship and Industry—The Reconciliation, moderated by Avinash Rajagopal, associate editor of Metropolis on Saturday, May 18; Designing for the Senses and Caring for the Sustainability, moderated by Susan Szenasy, editor-in-chief of Metropolis on Sunday, May 19; and The Growing Voice of Design in Latin America, moderated by Paul Clemence, contributing editor to Metropolis on Monday, May 20. Also, look out for “Metropolis Likes,” which are picks and favorites from the editorial team around the show.
Modenus.com and luxury kitchen fixture manufacturer BLANCO are joining forces to organize the first “Global Design Blogger Meetup,” with simultaneous events at ICFF and KBB (Kitchens Bedrooms and Bathrooms show) in London, on Sunday, May 19 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (at ICFF Booth #1336). Design professionals and design bloggers will join the fun and connect with their peers across the Atlantic via Google Hangout video broadcasts to share in give-aways, the global "Water for People" fundraiser, drawings for two spots on BlogTours to London and LA and trends reports, live from the shows. The events will be streamed live via Google Hangouts and on BLANCO America's YouTube channel.
ALT for Living presents “The Art and Ethical Sourcing of Handmade Rugs” on Friday, May 17 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. A panel discussion will feature rug designers Rosemary Hallgarten, Malene B, Tania Johnson and Robin Gray on the inspiration behind their own rug collections, and why they and their clients are dedicated to having their rugs GoodWeave certified child-labor-free. This is a private lunch event, by invitation only.
Guests are invited to kick off the week with Metropolis Magazine and the Norwegian Consulate General at the Snohetta Showroom on Friday, May 17 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. for food, drinks, music and plenty of design inspiration.
Guests are invited to see the latest from Finland in the fields of design, art and art-technology in a multi-content exhibition and party at Nest New York on Tuesday, May 21 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Bringing a little bit of Finland to Manhattan for an evening, guests will have the chance to meet the people behind the products, as well as have a taste of Finland with Finlandia Vodka cocktails and the world famous super food, Finnish rye bread. RSVP.
Nicolette Naumann, vice president of Messe Frankfurt/Ambiente invites guests to a special VIP cocktail party and dinner on Friday, May 17 in anticipation of Ambiente. Cocktails begin at 6:00 p.m. and the dinner will be at 7:00 p.m. This is a private event, by invitation only.
Celebrated design studios Pearlfisher, The Barbarian Group, 2×4, Quirky, Studiomates, and HUGE will open their doors to the community for informal tours. The one-hour meet and greet will take you behind the scenes and show you the inner workings of their creative space. All tours will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
NYSID's Graduate Center
Guests are invited to tour the New York School of Interior Design’s Graduate Center, which is an LEED-Platinum-certified space, designed by Gensler. The Center houses classrooms, studios, an exhibit space, a model studio, a materials library, and a student lounge for our 150+ graduate students. Guided tours of the space with representatives from NYSID and Gensler will take place on Friday, May 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Designer Dror Benshetrit will be giving a tour of the WeWork Soho West, WeCross studio beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 17. WeCross is a creative lab and a dynamic shared-office space bringing together selected innovators and creative talents in disciplines including design, architecture, graphic and new digital technology, communication and more. Benshetrit will explain projects and concepts along the way and the will end with a happy hour.
Blogfest is a New York City-based design tour created and produced by Kravet Inc. Now in its third year, Blogfest is hosting a two-day event for interior design bloggers May 20-21. Bloggers will explore NYCxDesign events and report their findings.
The AIA New York’s annual Design Awards Program will recognize outstanding architectural design by New York City-based architects, designers, landscape architects, and planners at its 2013 Design Awards exhibition. The work will be on display at the Center for Architecture through May 21.
Architizer.com has launched the definitive architectural award program with 50+ categories and over 200 jurors, The Architizer A+ Awards. Instead of celebrating one architect and making architecture into something rarefied and arcane, the A+ Awards celebrate the diversity of the world’s architecture. The winner’s list runs the gamut of architectural typology and form, ranging from enormous towers to the smallest apartments and nearly everything in between. Winners will be celebrated at a red carpet ceremony in on Thursday, May 16 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. In addition to the A+ Award Winners, Special Achievement Awards will be given to those who have raised awareness of the architectural field. The Special Achievement Awards include: Building of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Patron of the Year, Architectural Advocate of the Year, and more. The celebration begins at the Cedar Lake Studio and will continue with an after party at the Top of The Standard at The Standard, High Line.
iGuzzini Illuminazione's winning project
Head to the Center for Architecture to celebrate the Architizer 2013 Spanish Awards winners. Three Spanish studios have been awarded by Architizer this year including: “DOMUSae, Spaces for Culture” Popular Choice Award + Jury Award, presentation by architect Jesús Donaire; Pool & Spa Area for a Hotel in Majorca Popular Choice Award, presentation by architect Cristian Santandreu & Juan Manzanares; and iGuzzini Illuminazione Ibérica S.A. Popular Choice Award, presentation by architect Josep Miàs. The celebration takes place on Friday, May 17 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Free for AIA members and $10 for non-members.
Reclaim NYC invites guests to its second exhibit and charity sale, Reclaim x2: design that’s more than the sum of its parts. Reclaim NYC’s inaugural event in December was a reminder of the design community’s strength in NYC. In the spirit of continuing the feeling of teamwork and community generated by the first show, Reclaim NYC has called upon designers to pair up and create works inspired by the idea of collaboration. Participants like Lindsey Adelman, Egg Collective, Jonah Takagi, UM Project and VOLK, were encouraged to work with partners outside of their own firms or disciplines to address the idea of coming together in times of need. The resulting work will be sold to benefit local victims of Hurricane Sandy through the Brooklyn Recovery Fund. The sale takes place on Thursday, May 16 from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. at 446 Broadway (3rd Floor). RSVP.
Join IFDA’s “Take a Seat” MC/Host designer, Jamie Drake and Karl Green, auctioneer and director of Furniture & Decorative Arts, Bonhams NY, as they auction off one-of-a-kind up-cycled chairs created by local designers and artisans. Enjoy great live music, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Proceeds to benefit relief efforts for Japan Tsunami and Hurricane Sandy victims as well as for local IFDA chapter professional development. The auction will take place on Thursday, May 16 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Lillian August Furnishings + Design.