Back on a physical plane, alternating with virtual sessions. New York’s design week offers many events, talks, installations and exhibitions, in all 5 boroughs, transforming districts into promenades on design culture. From SoHo to NoMad, Tribeca to Brooklyn to the Javits Center, the festival of NYCxDESIGN concentrates on new talents, renowned brands, schools, cultural institutions and producers, which through their visions explore the new avant-garde.
Walking down the bohemian streets of the Soho Design District, amidst the showrooms of Artemide, Boffi, De Padova, Tom Dixon, Society Limonta, Original BTC, Foscarini, visitors will notice the new opening of Emblem Paris, a group of historic French brands with its first space in the States.
In refined Tribeca, Lee Broom opens his exclusive Penthouse, an elegant two-story attic in which to explore new collections and archival pieces, lighting design and accessories. The new Stellar Works showroom on Canal St. presents the debut of the collections of Meyer Davis for the brand and for Calico Wallpaper.
The Flatiron district puts the spotlight on DeMuro Das, with the three winners of the competition held in collaboration with the Rhode Island School of Design, while in NoMad – amidst Poliform, Molteni&C, Natuzzi, Roche Bobois – MOOOI unveils its updated space, with furniture collections and a sensory surprise: the Algorithmic Perfumery of the art label EveryHuman, with unique fragrances created as an extension of the customer’s personality.
In the impressive Dumbo zone in Brooklyn, with The Chair Design Pier stages one of the most anthropomorphic objects – the chair, of course – with projects by American and international designers, great masters and new talents: from Cini Boeri for FIAM to Lionel Jadot for Todd Merrill, to Jason Mizrahi.
SVA, one of the most highly acclaimed schools of visual design, creates two immersive installations in the lobby of The Hugh at 601 Lexington Ave, once known as Citicorp Center: an authentic, original experience narrated by “Hemlines from Skylines” – a tribute to the beauty of concrete and steel – and “45 Degrees,” paying homage to the slope of the upper part of the building.
A two-day (17/18 November) program of talks and seminars will be organized on the sixth floor of the A&D Building, hosted by brands like Sub-Zero, Fantini USA, Bilotta, Hastings Tile, while on 19 November comes the grand reopening of the showrooms of Cosentino, SieMatic, SMEG and Snaidero.
With a focus on black design, Together We Thrive collaborates with Hester Street to amplify the voices and work of Afro-American entrepreneurs and designers, with round tables, events and commercial spaces in Harlem, Bed-Stuy and Jamaica, while The Africa Centre organizes a virtual session on African designers.
The Javits Center returns to its role as a generator of design culture, and on 14-15 November it brings together events with an international tone: BDNY on interiors for hotels, restaurants, spas, clubs and cruise ships, in co-location with ICFF, Wanted Design Manhattan and HX-Hotel Experience. A special edition inside the recent expansion of the Javits, including the evocative glass lobby and a display hall of 10,000 sqm, for the presentation of Launch Pad, Look Book and Wanted Interiors by Wanted, as well as talks on new trends.
Design Pavilion presents “Design Talks Now: The Visionary Series on Experience Design” – a mise en scène filmed live at the NeueHouse in New York, to explore innovations and inventions with a focus on institutional, commercial and public spaces – while the Architecture & Design Film Festival, on 17 November, screens the film Breuer’s Bohemia directed by James Crump.
Along with nomadic pop-ups like the Mini Truck Mobil by CP Lighting – a luminous display installed on the platform of a vintage Japanese mini-truck by the studio – and the collaboration with Eater to support the New York culinary scene, where visitors can enjoy custom design-inspired cocktails – there is the return of “An Ode to NYC” with works of art focused on the future of the city. Made by local designers and artists like Paula Scher of Pentagram, Karim Rashid, Ghetto Gastro of New Studio, Ignacio Serrano Perez of Milton Glaser, Triboro Design and Practice for Architecture & Urbanism (just to name a few), the collection is displayed in shop windows and projected on the screens at the Oculus, at Fulton Center and on the NYC Ferry. Sold on the website of Poster House, proceeds are donated to Silicon Harlem, a non-profit organization with a focus on digital equity.
“New York City is home to many of the world’s most talented and beloved designers, including those who came together during the first iteration of An Ode to NYC to inspire civic pride when it was needed most,” says Valerie Hoffman, Program Director of NYCxDESIGN. “This year our designers have created original art that demonstrates the need for unity as we imagine a better future for NYC.”
11-18 November 2021