Head to New York for NYCxDESIGN, the annual US design festival that's attracting talent from across the globe...
BY DEE IVA
'New York's a go-go and everything tastes nice'. Well, perhaps not everything, but there are certainly enough treats to be sampled from the Meatpacking District to Brooklyn as the Big Apple hosts the fourth New York design festival, NYCxDESIGN.
A two-week design fair, it has been gaining ground since its 2013 launch and now seems to have reached critical mass with international brands flocking to set up shop in the city that never sleeps. Last year, Dutch designer Marcel Wanders opened the first American Moooi store at 36 East 31st Street and this year Brit talent Lee Broom has launched a pop-up shop, Broom Off Broome, on the aptly named Broome Street (open until 10 June, it will also showcase his new US-exclusive light). Over at the Jacob K. Javits Center (11th Avenue at 38th Street), major trade show ICFF (14-17 May) is home to big brands such as Duravit USA, Fritz Hansen and Tom Dixon and is the hub around which everything else rotates. There's plenty to see around town as well, with events, parties and installations in virtually every neighborhood. See below for five Fizztastic must-sees in NYC this week...
ABOVE: Magnetic wallcoverings by Visual Magnetics
FIVE TO SEE AT THE FAIR
New York lighting, furniture and accessories company Apparatus is a firm Fizz favourite. Its stylish incense burners, candlesticks and statement lights have been on our radar for a while and the 2016 collection of furniture and lighting, on display at Apparatus' new showroom at 124 West 30th Street (4th floor), is ticking all the right boxes again. Go back to black with the dark glamour of the 'Tassel 19' chandelier and the midnight-hued 'Portal' marble dining table.
Dutch brand Moooi is throwing open its showroom doors to exhibit a selection of striking new carpet designs and lighting fresh from their debut at the recent Milan Furniture Fair. Umut Yamac's avian 'Perch' lights were one of the highlights at Moooi's show in Tortona and they're bound to ruffle a few feathers in Manhattan too. We're also loving Klaus Haapaniemi's 'Polar Byzantine Chapter 2' rug with its stylised reindeer and regal birds and the sinister 'Heaven's Gate' 3D woven rug by Marcel Wanders. Look out for Moooi's London store opening in June.
Japanese design brand Muji will be exhibiting 'Best of Found Muji', a curated selection of items from its 'Found Muji' collection which celebrates traditional artisanal and industrial products from around the world. Instigated by Naoto Fukusawa, the initiative collects simple household designs that have the pared back functional Muji aesthetic and that could have been Muji products. New pieces will be on show at NY's flagship store at 475 Fifth Avenue alongside an exclusive range of Japanese textiles. Asian fans can catch the brand's first independent Found Muji shop overseas at Hong Kong's PMQ design centre.
The writing's on the wall over at Visual Magnetics which launches the 'Workspace Collection', a new line of interactive magnetic wallcoverings designed to be written on. Grids, graphs, arrows, different colour options and the facility to move pieces around turns walls into oversized notepads with an inbuilt fun factor. If you're in playful mode, there's also a range of brightly coloured magnetic shapes to bring out the artist in you. Designed in collaboration with patternmeisters Dusen Dusen, it's a quick fix for tired walls. You can join in the fun on their stand at WantedDesign Manhattan, a hothouse of international design at Terminal Stores, 269 11th Avenue (between 27th and 28th Streets).
Mast, Brooklyn's hippest chocolatier, is feted for its innovative flavours and zingy packaging. Each wrapper is a little work of art making Mast's chocolate bars the best dressed on the block. New flavours inspired by sea salt are now available on its stand at Sight Unseen OFFSITE (15th floor, The Grace Building, 1114 Avenue of the Americas), and their cutting-edge showrooms in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and London. Tantalising names like Black Diamond, Bali Reef and Sicilian Coast will excite even the most jaded palates. Mast's recent collaboration with Brooklyn wallpaper design team Calico used a special salt-resist technique combined with watercolour painting to produce what must be the most beautiful packaging ever to grace a bar of chocolate. The question is can you bear to rip it open?
NYCxDesign is on now until Tuesday 17 May 2016. For further information go to nycxdesign.com