Walking along the streets of SoHo during NYCxDesign, you can enjoy the charm of boutiques, eclectic showrooms and historical townhouses, catching a glimpse of what this neighborhood was when it contained the homes and studios of artists. On 13 and 14 May 2022, the district invites the design community to celebrate with the brands of the SoHo Design District, attending exhibitions, parties, events and conferences.
New developments include the opening of the showroom of Carl Hansen & Søn, the Danish company offering furnishings designed by Hans J. Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Tadao Ando, Ole Wanscher, Børge Mogensen, Poul Kjærholm, Kaare Klint, Bodil Kjær. The British brand Tom Dixon, besides presenting the “Beat” line in brass made by hand in northern India, has organized a talk on 14 May with the title Future of Design: Sustainable Design and Digital Wellness, with Laura Hodges, Tucker Robbins, SinCa Design, Marco Baga, Natalia Mirabito.
At Artemide the Nessino lamp, the small version of the iconic Nesso by Giancarlo Mattioli and Gruppo Architetti Urbanisti Città Nuova, establishes a dialogue with the new collections on view in the updated space on Greene St., including a cocktail party on 14 May. Vibia unveils the Sticks Light designed by Arik Levy, a system with minimal form that transforms light into a floating sculpture, while the company Original BTC presents two chandeliers from the “Shard” line composed of ceramic parts supported by a steel structure (special opening 14 May).
For home fitness buffs the address is TechnoGym, where they can admire the Personal Line by Antonio Citterio and the emblematic creations of the brand Made in Italy, like Treadmill, Bike, Recline, Elliptical, Kinesis and Power Station. A handsome catalogue will also be presented at the MoMA Design Store and at Gandia Blasco, with the Onsen outdoor line by Francesco Meda and David Quincoces, featuring elements in steel, leather and fabric. As in a travel diary, Society Limonta displays “Cartoline – A Summer Story” in its showroom, a line for the home inspired by a summer in southern Italy (13-14 May).
The world of the kitchen is on stage at Poggenpohl with innovative products like +MODO, an island with a top in Rosso Lepanto marble, while small tables in natural stone define Omphalos, designed by John Pawson and presented by Salvatori. As the first industry professional of SoHo Design District, Y8 Studio – with offices in New York and Los Angeles – concentrates on the conservation of historical buildings, as well as design and reconstruction of critical areas or places damaged by fires. Finally, on 14 May Lasvit invites the design community to the launch of the new magazine Spacial, a digital and print publication for sharing of experiences with the public, in an idea of reciprocal inspiration. The theme of the first issue is Privacy, narrated by Yabu Pushelberg, Campana Brothers, Daniel Libeskind, Vladimír Kopecký and Maxim Velčovský.
Two encounter-events have also been produced in collaboration with IDSA: Design Elements by a Design Icon (13 May, 16.30-18.30) with the designer Tucker Viemeister as special guest, who will accompany a limited group through the streets of SoHo to the showrooms of Artemide, Lasvit, Original BTC, Tom Dixon and Poggenpohl, focusing on the iconic products of each brand; and Designing for Wellbeing, a conference organized at the TechnoGym showroom, with the participation of Karim Rashid and James Krause (14 May, h. 17-18.30).
Soho Design District
13-14 May 2022