It’s New York City’s turn to get its design freak on as the NYCxDesign festival takes over town once more. But look around because it seems there’s a Euro invasion underway…
BY DEE IVA
If you’re heading to New York this week for the Big Apple’s annual design extravaganza NYCxDesign (8-19 May 2015), you might notice a distinctly European vibe in the air. Having only just recovered from painting Milan red, white and blue, certain members of the Brit design posse will be rocking up stateside to do it all over again.
London-based show designjunction will present designjunction edit New York in the Art Beam Building in Chelsea. An international mix of talent will be on display from countries as far afield as Turkey and Japan. Check out colourful accessories from Korridor Design (Denmark), eco-friendly shoelaces from Undo (Istanbul), vibrant carbon-fibre furniture from Hypetex (UK) and marble iPhone cases from Native Union (Hong Kong). Dwell magazine is chairing talks with Brit design stars Tom Dixon and Lee Broom while one-off pieces from 25 newly established artisans and designer-makers can be seen at show-within-show Studio North & Prototype.
Tom Dixon is also getting busy over at ICFF, the giant contemporary design fair which anchors NYCxDesign. His new collection of lighting, furniture and accessories, which premiered in April in Milan, will touch down at the Javits Center in Hell’s Kitchen. He’ll be among a clutch of fellow Brits including Timorous Beasties, Anglepoise and DesignFizz faves Chisel & Mouse (see our previous Launchpad feature).
ABOVE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: 'Clic' marble iPhone cases by Native Union; 'Halo' carbon chair by Hypetex; 'Pyramidboxes' by Korridor Design; 'Undo' laces by Undo
RIGHT, FROM TOP: Tom Dixon takes a seat; Lee Broom, recent winner of a Queen's Award for Enterprise
Our US cousins have got some moves of their own, of course. Expect to see structural coffee tables from Iacoli & McAllister and glamorous lighting from Bec Brittain, two New York companies which have been on our radar for a while. You’re also bound to be tickled by Californian designer Zia Priven’s witty skeleton lamp! Not sure we'd get that one through customs...
ABOVE: 'Original Brass Wall and Pendant Lights' by Anglepoise; 'Graffiti Stripe Velvet' and 'Topical Tropical Linen' by Timorous Beasties
RIGHT: 'Vise' lamp by Bec Brittain; 'Philippe' skeleton lamps by Zia Priven
The other big news is that avant-garde Dutch company Moooi is launching its first flagship US store over on East 31st Street. New Yorkers will be able to experience Marcel Wanders' irreverent and often surreal designs in his new showroom in midtown Manhattan. The new 2015 collection of furniture, lighting, accessories and pattern-tastic carpets will be unveiled in a 3,785 sq ft concrete interior featuring powerful imagery by Moooi photographer and collaborator Rahi Rezvani.
So get your sneakers on and hit the sidewalk. There's so much to see there's no time to lie in. This is the city that never sleeps so you've really got no excuse...
nycxdesign.com Citywide NYCxDesign festival is on now until 19 May 2015.
thedesignjunction.co.uk/new-york designjunction edit New York is at 540 W 21st Street, NYC, from 15 to 18 May 2015.
icff.com ICFF is at Javits Center, 655 W 24th Street, NYC, from 16 to 19 May 2015.
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