The outstanding New York City’s design festival already opened its doors. The 2019 edition of NYCxDesign takes place from 10 to 22 May. Several events, exhibitions and installations will be spread across the city’s five regions, including returning fairs, such as ICFF, WantedDesign and Brooklyn Designs, showroom parties and pop-up galleries.
From a tiny home built by Fernando Mastrangelo to a colorful pop-up hair salon, here are the 10 showcases you should not miss:
“Urban Imprint” by Studio INI at A/D/O
From 17 May to 2 September, “Urban Imprint”, designed by Studio INI for the outdoor courtyard at A/D/O takes an avantgarde approach to notions of personal identity in cities. The installation reimagines the connection between people and their built environment, allowing visitors to reshape their physical space and architecture as a result of their own movement. The boundaries will rise, retreat, and partially separate as people walk through the piece to give each individual a unique and intensely personal experience.
1stdibs Gallery: “Deeper than Text” curated by the Female Design Council
From 10 to 31 May you will be able to visit the 1stdibs Gallery to see “Deeper than Text”, an exhibition curated by the Female Design Council for 1stdibs. International in composition, yet related by process, “Deeper than Text” is a specialized contemporary design exhibition featuring the most talented female master artisans, designers and makers in furniture, lighting, textiles, photography and glass.
Calico Wallpaper and Workstead present Arcade
From 14 to 21 May, Calico Wallpaper and Workstead present Arcade, an immersive installation in the Neoclassical Merchants Square Building in Tribeca. The project marks the debut of Workstead’s Chamber collection and Calico Wallpaper’s Relic collection, each exploring concepts of gravity and control. The installation subtly reimagines the Workstead-designed interior, through the lens of both studios’ latest work, playfully integrated within the historic space.
Inside/Out: New Directions in Contemporary Outdoor Furniture
From 12 to 28 May, Vale Park, a charming second floor outdoor space at the William Vale Hotel, will be animated by the exhibition “Inside/Out”, curated by the Brooklyn-based design firm, Kin & Company. The exhibition brings together the critically celebrated sweethearts of the growing American design scene to produce intimate work for outdoors spaces. The unusual space of Vale Park will give these experimental designers a chance to explore new creative directions, while bringing the special park to life.
Doorknobs: Beyond the Everyday
From 16 to 26 May, we will be able to admire the exhibition that Gregory Beson and Sarah Templin curated for WantedDesign’s Brooklyn showcase to elevate the humble doorknob’s design status. Eighteen door handles will be created and presented in the event, with designs by Claesson Koivisto Rune, Jasper Morrison and Tucker Viemeister.
WantedDesign Brooklyn at Industry City will highlight the campus’ mission: to be a place where innovators and makers meet. This fair will feature exhibitions around design research, immersive installations, workshops, and cultural collaborations. Design education will be a major focus with the largest grad show ever seen during NYCxDESIGN with over 30 international schools participating.
This is part of the IC Design Festival which has a wide programming perfect for the entire family
Egg Collective is a New York studio established by the female designers Crystal Ellis, Hillary Petrie, and Stephanie Beamer, which will open a new flagship store in Tribeca to coincide with NYCxDesign 2019, in 23 May. The company will celebrate the launch with the presentation of its new collection, including collaborations with Callidus Guild and Hiroko Takeda.
Fernando Mastrangelo Studio – FM/S presents “Tiny House” at Design Pavilion
Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, FM/S, will reimagine the way we live through an interactive and sensory immersive “Tiny House” sculpture. “Tiny House” will utilize reclaimed materials, creating a fantastical space re-contextualizing the way second-hand materials are used and experienced. The house will host multiple Talks throughout the festival, have a dynamic LED wall emulating sunsets, scents in the garden, and a video depicting the process of manufacture of its signature sustainable material. You will be able to admire it from 10 to 22 May.
Romancing the Stone by Chen Chen and Kai Williams
From 2 May to 1 August, the Future Perfect’s Casa Perfect gallery provides the setting for a collection of stone objects by the New York based designers Chen Chen and Kai Williams. Called “Romancing the Stone”, the works comprise the Geology Collection tables, formed by huge stones cut in two, and the “Stone Roses” lights, which are delicately carved stones that let light filter through, along with shimmery mirrors.
Viso Project’s Installation
From 10 to 22 May you will be able to admire the pieces created by the remarkable designers Michael Bargo, Andre Mellone and Giancarlo Valle. These collections will display Spanish company Viso Project’s new products inside a Manhattan space. All items are for sale inside the pop-gallery, including additional decor to bring to life comfortable interior designs.
Crosby Studios x Amika pop-up
Hair company Amika’s bold and decorative branding comes to life in this pop-up shop designed by Crosby Studios’ Harry Nuriev. Open for the month of May, the Soho store includes a “hair room, an interactive hair styling station and stylists to teach visitors about hair care and styling techniques”.
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