The Best of New York Design Week

Design Miami/
May 17, 2013 1:54PM

New York Design Week is in full-swing with a bevy of exhibitions, installations, and events being held everywhere from pop-up tents to museums to retail stores.  We here at Design Miami/ have made our top picks for what to catch.


Moss Bureau

256 West 36th Street, 10th Floor

Friday May 17th 6-8pm/ Send an email to [email protected] before attending

Moss Bureau, a design advisory firm that also holds exhibitions of contemporary studio works, is showing a series by the French architect Marc Fornes. The series “Les Danseurs du Tailor” was developed by Fornes and his studio THEVERYMANY. The collection of nine floating dancers are made of aluminum, and they take on postures with plenty of attitude despite their abstractedness.


Doug Johnston: Light Sculptures

Mondo Cane, 174 Duane St, Tribeca

Friday, May 17 – Friday, May 31. Opening reception Friday May 17th, 6-9 PM.

Doug Johnston has been creating voluminous sculptures and objects out of only coiled and stitched cord since 2010. This exhibition shows his latest series of hanging light sculptures made entirely out of cotton and nylon. A supreme stitching finesse brings out the nuanced and striking forms that are possible in Johnston’s limited, yet not limiting, palette.


Wonder Cabinets of Europe in America

Saturday, May 18 – Tuesday, May 21, 2013/ Booth 3110 of the ICFF

The Wonder Cabinets of Europe started as a venture that explored the creative interstices of European countries. Designers were given large wooden boxes to display their processes, materials, and objects in a cabinet of curiosities fashion, showcasing both comparisons and contrasts across borders. For the ICFF, the Wonder Cabinets of Europe travel to America and engage two new designers – Washington based Jonah Takagi and Matylda Krzykowski from Poland – thus creating a transatlantic design dialogue not to be missed. Other designers showing include Pauline Deltour, Oscar Diaz, Maria Jeglinska, Kueng Caputo, Loris&Livia, Harry Thaler.




Friday, May 10 – Tuesday, May 21, (Matter is open Monday-Saturday, 10-6, or by appointment)

Matter, the NY-based contemporary design store, gallery, and manufacturer, will be hosting designers Alex Segreti and Kelly Rakowski of New Friends, who will be producing a large-scale weaving. The two designers have constructed a site-specific loom that will enable them to weave one of their signature weavings from the floor to the ceiling. A living workshop, the work will be evolving throughout and will be a striking performance of craft and patience.


Sight Unseen, the online design magazine and consultancy, has produced a satellite design showcase titled Noho Design District since 2010, and this year’s showcase features an array of cutting-edge workshops and events. Besides the Designer Master Classes being held at the Bowery Hotel, where participants are invited to workshops taught by Fredericks & Mae, Fort Makers, and Chen Chen & Kai Williams, there will be a number of fascinating exhibits:

Noho Next 2013

Subculture, 45 Bleecker Street

Friday May 17–Monday May 20, 12PM to 7PM

Noho Next 2013 presents a selection of 13 up-and-coming American designers chosen by Sight Unseen editors and NDD curators Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer. The show will include furniture, lighting, and objects by Assembly, Brendan Keim, Brian Persico, Eric Trine, Jason Rens, Karl Zahn, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Matt Paweski + Gabriel Abraham, Misha Kahn (pictured above), Pat Kim, Pinto + Glasse, Professional Associates, and Souda, plus a special Jambox sound + design installation.


Trophy: Awards We Live With

Underground at The Standard, East Village Hotel, 25 Cooper Square

Friday May 17–Monday May 20, 12PM to 7PM

Presented by the American Design Club, this show will feature the works of over two dozen designers and collaboratives who created trophies and trophy-objects. As the organizers explained, “A trophy is a memento, token, or symbol, used to commemorate an achievement or victory. Whether they are awarded, stolen, or created, trophy objects can come in many forms.” Dealing with subjects ranging from victory to death, this show promises to be a riveting trove of symbolic objects.


A Travel Show by Field and Various Projects 

Various Projects, 2 Bond Street

Friday May 17–Monday May 20, 11AM to 7PM; Saturday May 18, 11AM to 9PM

Field and Various Projects will be presenting a compendium of artists and designers who’ve created works based on the narratives and methods/goals of travel. The participants include Timothee Colmant, Daniel Gafner, Colgate Searle, Jonah Takagi, Okolo, Hannah Waldron, Katrin Greiling, The Good Flock, Studio Gorm, the thing, and more. Field’s own line of design objects will also be on view and available for purchase.


Modern Craft at the Merchant’s House Museum 

Merchant’s House Museum, 29 East 4th Street

Friday May 17–Saturday May 18, 12PM to 7PM; Sunday May 19–Monday May 20, 12PM to 5PM

Built in 1832, the Merchant’s House is New York City’s only family home that is preserved just the way it was, both inside and out, from the 19th century. A group of designers working with modern craft techniques — including Doug Johnston, Andrew O. Hughes, Meg Callahan, Eric Timothy Carlson, Aaron Anderson, Fort Makers, and ROLU  — will fill the house with a smattering of contemporary objects that will juxtapose with the house’s historical context in ways unexpected and curious.



PIN-UP will be launching their new Spring/Summer 2013 issue! The edition includes an interview with Paulo Mendes da Rocha, ROLU, and Delfina Delettrez. So be sure to keep a look out!



12 East 94th Street,

Friday, May 10 – Tuesday, May 21, (Salon 94 is open Monday-Friday, 10-6)

Throughout NYCxDESIGN, Salon 94 will be showing an installation of furniture and objects by designers including on view by Matt Merkel Hess, Takuro Kuwata, Rick Owens, Betty Woodman, Pae White, Kueng Caputo, Nicolas Party and others.

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