We’re three days into NYCxDesign, and our calendars couldn’t be more packed! Although we haven’t hit ICFF yet, we’ve discovered plenty of smaller wonders around the city. There’s so much going on that if you haven’t visited our NYCxDesign Map, we suggest you do so before you get too overwhelmed. Below is a list of our favorite shows so far:
If you’re looking to visit an exhibit that explores the past, present, and future (or even parallel universes?) of design, WantedDesign Brooklyn would be a good bet. With exhibitions like Oui Design, which features several prominent French product designers, you get a look into the trends of the design world today. Student presentations such as SVA’s “Radical Times” exhibit that explores speculative pasts and futures or Carolien Niebling’s “Sausage of the Future”, however, present something more surreal that will force you to ponder the numerous ways in which designers play a role in shaping our culture and future.
Furnishing Utopia 3.0
Who said chores had to be boring and mundane? The third edition of Furnishing Utopia asked 26 international designers to explore and reinterpret the focused work and cleanliness of the Shakers, which they regarded as a path to enlightenment. Holding things such as spray bottles, watering cans and handles in high regards, this exhibition will make you crave cleaning your home, making the “Sensory Isolation Booth” at the back of the exhibition extremely fitting. In the booth, visitors are asked to test out the various brooms in the exhibition by sweeping up different materials.
BALANCED/UNBALANCED at Colony
The pieces on display at Colony in Soho, including these “Bumpy Growers” by Poritz & Studio, play around with the theme of Balanced / Unbalanced. The show is a relaxing escape from the busy streets of SoHo (especially Canal Street), and will remain open all the way until the 24th.
Ladies & Gentleman Studio for MUJI
Ladies & Gentleman Studio’s installation for MUJI isolates the beauty of the materials used in iconic products from the Japanese retailer. The unassuming materials heaven takes MUJI products and displays them atop their raw materials. for instance, ceramics are placed on raw slabs of clay and wooden bookcases are rested on wood shavings. If you need a zen moment, stop by this installation, touch the raw materials and instantly feel revived.
Sight Unseen Offsite
Sight Unseen Offsite’s main location may have downsized, but the quality of works shown at the crowd favorite show remain strong. This year’s show is heavily focused on unexpected collaboration pairings, including the mini show-within-a-show Field Studies, which paired celebrities with designers to create surprising results. Think a mirror designed by Bower and Seth Rogan and a piano designed Wall for Apricots and Jason Schwartzman.
The Future Perfect
The Future Perfect is putting on quite the show at 55 Great Jones Street. The dark, dimly but beautifully lit space highlights tropical designs from Chris Wolston among a few other furniture and lighting designs with lavish materials.
At Patrick Parrish Gallery on 50 Lispenard in Soho, a series of sculptures by artist Carl Emil Jacobsen exhibit an earnest passion for material exploration. Jacobsen’s work involves gathering found materials such as tiles, stones, volcanic ash, and chalk to make his own bespoke pigments, and the pieces serve to highlight the beauty of color that derives purely from nature.
American Design Club Presents: Built at Canal Street Market
American Design Club has set up post toward the back of Canal Street Market, featuring an exhibition packed with design inspiration. From fuzzy chairs to quick 3D printed planters, you’ll keep discovering more and more gems in this small corner of Design Week.