designjunction + Dwell on Design NYC

designjunction + Dwell on Design is a must-see at May's New York design fair, offering cutting-edge creations and compelling conversations…

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

The Fizz is a big fan of designjunction, a UK-born contemporary design showcase that always pulls together intriguing talent at its outings in London and Milan. Now they’re joining forces with America's largest design event Dwell on Design to host designjunction + Dwell on Design at New York's citywide festival NYCxDESIGN. Running from 13 to 15 May, the exhibition will introduce a cluster of global labels to the Big Apple. What’s more, there's 100 free tickets up for grabs, on a first come, first served basis, so register pronto for a chance to nab one.

ABOVE TOP: All the fun of the fair: join buzzy crowds at NY's designjunction + Dwell on Design showcase
ABOVE: Industrial-chic pendant lights by Brit brand Buster + Punch; from left, 'Heavy Metal' in Smoked Bronze, Steel and Rose Copper

Global brands
Bringing together 30 European brands, including established and emerging names, the showcase will take over the warehouse-esque ArtBeam venue in Chelsea. Expect edgy pendant bulbs from East London’s Buster + Punch, colourful Scandi accessories from Muuto and striking contemporary furniture from Finnish firm Artek. Textiles are also represented, with blankets and cushions from Welsh favourite Melin Tregwynt and sculptural fabrics from Anne Kyyrö Quinn. Newer talents to note include East Sussex homewares label Dyke & Dean, luxe London lighting practice Haberdashery and quirky Middlesex furniture purveyors Capsbury.

ABOVE TOP: 'AARA Design' by Capsbury sports compact dressing tables and portable side tables
ABOVE: Speakers include established US lighting, furniture and accessories designer David Weeks, shown here with his FSC-certified paper 'Infinity Screen'

Design talks
Three days of stellar talks are also up for grabs at the designjunction show, exploring architecture and design's role in the modern world. Industry names taking the stage include esteemed illustrator Bob Gill, Brooklyn furniture and lighting designer David Weeks, American industrial designer Jeff Miller and Gregory Wessner, executive director of architecture event Open House. Curated by Dwell magazine editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron, the summit aims to spark debate and share inspiration. Check out the schedule and tune in.

ABOVE: Finnish firm Artek will showcase new designs and style the cafe; its 1960 'Kiki' seating collection by Ilmari Tapiovaara, reupholstered in a new stripey fabric by fashion star Raf Simons, was a hit in Milan

Sociable space
#djDoD will also host a pop-up work space by US creative community brand WeWork, plus a vibrant café, in collaboration with Artek, serving Illy coffee.
thedesignjunction.co.uk/new-york

Designjunction + Dwell on Design runs from 11am to 6pm Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May, and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 15 May 2016. It’s at ArtBeam, 540 W 21st St, New York. Advance tickets US$30, on the door $35.