NYCxDESIGN: Highlights to explore at New York Design Week 2024

From May 16th to the 23rd, it is New York City’s turn to play host to the design world, offering a city-wide design week sure to ignite your imagination and fuel your creativity. New York Design Week is a highly anticipated yearly affair that guarantees a diverse array of breathtaking exhibitions, thought-provoking panels, and vibrant gatherings, bringing together designers and design enthusiasts from every corner of the globe. With a dynamic lineup showcasing both emerging talents and seasoned professionals, NYCxDESIGN offers a curated journey through the city, and demonstrates why New York remains unparalleled in its commitment to the arts, design, and community.

Expect the unexpected as you experience the city’s creative energy, and prepare to be enchanted by the eclectic mix of design styles and perspectives that makes New York, New York.

Design Dysphoria at NYCxDESIGN

Design Dysphoria, an exhibition celebrating LGBTQIA+ creativity, opens during NYCxDesign in Bushwick, New York from May 17 to 25, 2024. Curated by Studio S II, Liz Collins, and Grace Whiteside, it features 17 designers including Vivian Chiu, Pamela Council, and Deborah Czeresko. Explore the exhibition of furniture, glass lighting fixtures, and textile artwork by both emerging and established queer artists, promoting connection and community.

Don’t miss the opening party on May 17th and a panel discussion on May 19th, moderated by Stamatina Gregory, Chief Curator of Leslie Lohman Museum, followed by a “Queer Brunch” featuring cocktails by local LGBTQIA+ bartenders. Championing the works of predominantly women, nonbinary, and trans designers and artists, the show aims to cultivate connections and a profound sense of belonging within the LGBTQIA+ community.

When? May 18–25,  from 12 to 6 pm​ Where? 53 Scott Ave. Suite 401

Design Dysphoria at NYCxDESIGN
© Design Dysphoria

Petra x Sight Unseen Collection launch

Monica Khemsurov, co-founder of Sight Unseen, has initiated the debut of Petra, a new showroom dedicated to artistic hardware. For this launch, she has enlisted twelve independent design studios to craft cabinets equipped with handles or pulls from 35 international designers, such as Chris Wolston, Lauren Geremia, and Pamela Love. This marks the start of Petra’s collaborative efforts with leading designers through the Sight Unseen Collection.

When? 16-17 May, Where? Blue Green Works, 25 E Broadway, Floor 2

American Design Club Presents: Mouthful

Established in 2008, The American Design Club serves as a platform for designers to exhibit, exchange, and market their creations. Dedicated to unveiling fresh and captivating products from independent designers and brands, the club fosters a vibrant community of creative entrepreneurs. The American Design Club presents “Mouthful,” a showcase of innovative cups, glassware, and drinking vessels, highlighting creativity in everyday objects. Featuring works by Nicholas Baker, Spinks, Paulina Lei, and more, this exhibition explores often-overlooked brilliance in everyday, functional design.

When? May 16-23, from 5 pm to 7 pm Where? Canal Street Market, 265 Canal Street

NYCxDESIGN Festival Opening Night After Party 2024 – Kouros x Surface Magazine

Be sure to save your energy during the day because the real fun awaits at the Opening Night After Party, Presented by Kouros, at Spring Studios. Hosted by Surface Magazine, this event promises an immersive experience with music from top New York DJs like Meilgaarden, alongside an environment and exhibition curated by Kouros. Sip artisanal cocktails while soaking in stunning views of the New York skyline from Spring Studio’s Main Dining Room. With the opportunity to mingle with industry insiders and fellow design enthusiasts, this is a party not to be missed!

When? May 16, from 7 pm to 11:30 pm Where? Spring Studios, 6 St Johns Lane

Salon presents Color Theory at NYCxDESIGN

The Color Theory exhibition, presented by Salon, promises an engrossing journey into the power of color in design. The exhibition highlights the impact of color on our emotions and perceptions via the works of Rosie Li, Sina Dyks, Dominick Leuci, Darryl Westly, and Christina Watka, both in original and limited editions. Light and chromatic finishes in Rosie Li’s lighting sculptures bring out the vivid colors seen in nature, while Sina Dyks’ fabrics transport viewers to lush woodlands or underwater ecosystems. In this sensory adventure, where color enhances your presence and heightens your senses, you are about to undergo a metamorphosis.

When? May 17,  from 6 to 8 pm​ Where? Salon Design 27 Vestry St.


Founded in 2015 by Chris Held, Lydia Cambron, and Ben Garthus, JONALDDUDD stands out for showcasing over 200 artists and designers challenging industry norms. Located in former sex shop in SoHo, this year’s event is guest curated by Charles Constantine of Bestcase and is sure to be as boundary pushing and irreverent as ever.

Celebrated for its focus on personal expression, expect avant-garde works, and encounter diverse mediums and styles, from conceptual furniture by Chris Held to cutting-edge installations by Keenan Keeley. JONALDDUDD fosters critical dialogue and celebrates nonconformity in contemporary design. Don’t miss the vital spirit of “PUNX NOT DEAD” at JONALDDUDD 2024.

When? May 17–20 Where? 43 Mercer Street

Lindsey Adelman at TIWA Select (Tribeca)

Lighting designer Lindsey Adelman has launched a deeply personal project: a series of oil lamps inspired by ancient religious rituals spanning thousands of years. Crafted in collaboration with glassblowers Michiko Sakano and Nancy Callan, these lamps explore the elemental and ever-changing nature of fire light, unbound by electrical cords. A collection of these pendant, chandelier, and table lamps will light up the TIWA Gallery, set against panels designed by textile artist and founder of La Reunion, Sarah Nisikak.

When? May 9 – June 8 Where? 86 Walker Street, 5th floor

Lindsey Adelman, 2024 © TIWA

Misha Kahn Studio Sale at NYCxDESIGN

As the summer approaches, marking over a decade of creative endeavors in Brooklyn, Misha Kahn is bidding farewell to his New York City studio. Join the fun on Saturday, May 18th, from 2-6 PM, for a special opportunity to explore his studio and shop a curated selection of early pieces, samples, and prototypes, all offered at friendly prices. Situated just a stone’s throw away from fellow studios like Chen Chen and Kai Williams, this Saturday afternoon rendezvous in Sunset Park promises a delightful celebration of design during NYCxDESIGN.

When? May 18,  from 2 pm to 6 pm​ Where? 129 26th Street


Since its inception, WantedDesign, co-founded by Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat in 2011, has become recognized as a key feature of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). Over the years, it has become a trusted indicator of innovation, offering guidance to aspiring designers around the world. Throughout its evolution, WantedDesign has taken on various forms: an independent exhibition, an immersive festival, a brick-and-mortar store, and now an integral component of the expansive ICFF framework.

This year, from May 19-21, at the Javits Center, WantedDesign will undergo a significant transformation, rebranding as Wanted and integrating into the larger ICFF landscape. Wanted’s key programs include the Schools Showcase & WorkshopLaunch Pad, and Look Book, have been vital to the organization since their inceptions, and are expected to grow in 2024.

When? May 19-21 Where? The Javits Center, 429 11th Ave

Fortune Favors the Bold: DWR Presents Heller Past and Present

Celebrate the exclusive launch of The Fortune Chair by JUMBO for Heller, premiering at Design Within Reach and Heller during NYCxDESIGN. Be sure to step into the special exhibit at DWR’s East 57th Street Studio, where iconic pieces from Heller’s portfolio will be showcased, with a focus on the Fortune Chair and its innovative design journey. Open to the public starting May 18th, this exhibition will continue to be open to audiences throughout the summer.

When? May 18,  from 10 am to 6 pm​ Where? DWR East 57th Street Studio 957 3rd Ave


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