What’s Happening at New York’s Design Festival?

What’s Happening at New York’s Design Festival?

This article is part of our Design special section about making the environment a creative partner in the design of beautiful homes.

NYCxDesign, the citywide festival celebrating the beauty of homey objects — including furniture, fabric, lighting and tabletop accessories — returns for its 11th season on May 18-25. Scores of exhibitions, product launches and shopping experiences will carpet the city throughout that week.

What follows are highlights to expect as you prepare to navigate the festival. (These listings have been confirmed at press time but are subject to change. More information can be found at nycxdesign.org.)

May 18

The Knockoff Show

Colony, a design collective, invited 19 of its members to create a prototype on the theme of design-industry plagiarism and the possibilities for integrity.

Through June 30 at 324 Canal Street, Second Floor. goodcolony.com


The Milan-based Dimorestudio will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a museum-quality exhibition featuring a capsule collection of one-of-a-kind furniture pieces by its founders, Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci.

Through Sept. 30 at Artemest Galleria, 518 West 19th Street. artemest.com


Calico features a botanical pattern by the Brooklyn designer and entrepreneur Jason Miller that’s inspired by the Northern California coast.

Through May 25 at 57 Lispenard Street. calicowallpaper.com

Divine Inspiration

The British designer Lee Broom will open the doors to his penthouse showroom in TriBeCa to present his lighting collection, Divine Inspiration, along with accessories and archival work.

Through May 25. Send an email to [email protected] to book a private appointment. leebroom.com

In Common With

Founded in 2017 by Nick Ozemba and Felicia Hung, the design studio In Common With will show new outdoor lighting and portable lamps with metal finishes from its Flora series with Sophie Lou Jacobsen.

Through May 25 by appointment at 124 Ninth Street, Suite 270, Brooklyn. To book a visit, send an email to [email protected]. incommonwith.com

Atelier Viollet

A master of furniture construction and finishes since 1986, Jean-Paul Viollet invites visitors to his Williamsburg studio for an afternoon of wonder.

From 2 to 5 p.m. at 505 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn; atelierviollet.com

Herman Miller

The Michigan-based design company will celebrate its centenary with a showing and sale of rare collectibles.

Through May 21 at 251 Park Avenue South. hermanmiller.com

Flower Power

Chris Wolston’s latest terra-cotta furniture, vessels and lighting are produced from ceramic casts of wax-molded flowers from the designer’s own garden.

Through June 30 at The Future Perfect, 8 St. Lukes Place. thefutureperfect.com


The lighting company formerly known as Rich Brilliant Willing will show off its new Corded lamp, along with other products.

Through May 25 at 50 Greene Street, Second Floor. rbw.com

May 19

Lindsey Adelman Studio

The lighting designer Lindsey Adelman’s latest venture, LaLAB, is an experimental platform inspired by desert light. Her new works will be shown in her Manhattan studio.

Through May 25 (except for May 21) at 324 Lafayette Street, 7th Floor. lindseyadelman.com

Mercer Street Block Party

A variety of showrooms will present new collections from Orior Furniture, Calico, the lighting companies Bocci and Roll & Hill and the furniture company Atelier de Troupe, among others.

From 6 to 9 p.m. on Mercer Street from Grand to Canal Streets. oriorfurniture.com

Areaware Pop-Up

Local design company Areaware’s new furniture includes Pluma stools by Steven Bukowski, Splat side tables by Sophie Collé (shown) and Doko lamps by Talbot & Yoon.

Through May 24 at Colbo, 51 Orchard Street. areaware.com

Sculpture Space NYC

Ceramic furniture, vessels, lighting and jewelry by 38 creators — including Harry Allen, Christopher Russell (shown) and Graham Marks — will be on display.

Through May 21 at Sculpture Space NYC, 47-21 35th Street, Long Island City. sculpturespacenyc.com

May 20

SoHo Design District

A number of SoHo showrooms will offer extended nighttime hours to host product launches, cocktail receptions and related events. Among them: Boffi and De Padova, Foscarini, Gandia Blasco, Poggenpohl and Scavolini.

For a complete calendar, visit sohodesigndistrict.org.


The designer Constantin Boym’s collection of modern habitats for plants and animals will be displayed in an exhibition in Williamsburg organized by Available Items, a gallery in the Hudson Valley.

Through May 22 at Penny Williamsburg, 288 N. Eighth Street, Brooklyn. boym.com

Assembly Line

Colorful hand-knotted rugs from Salam Hello, a company based in Marrakech, Morocco, will be displayed at the interior design studio General Assembly’s new shop in Brooklyn.

Through July 2 at 373 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn. assemblyline.co

Madison Avenue Design Week

For the first time, about a dozen stores, galleries and showrooms will present a united front of Design Week events.

Through May 25 on Madison Avenue from East 57th to East 86th Streets. madisonavenuebid.org

Design Day at the Yard

The Brooklyn Navy Yard, a manufacturing and innovation hub, will open its doors to more than a dozen fashion, furniture and product design studios for one day only.

On May 20, noon to 6:30 p.m., at 141 Flushing Avenue, Building 77, Brooklyn. brooklynnavyyard.org

The Future of Food on Earth and Beyond

John Anderson, the executive director of technology at the industrial design consultancy Smart Design, leads a panel conversation about innovations for feeding people on Earth and in space.

From 5 to 6:30 p.m. at 63 Flushing Avenue, Building 127, Suite 3B, Brooklyn. smartdesignworldwide.com

New Waves

In collaboration with the architect Chet Callahan, the Los Angeles-based product design company Laun Studio presents a furniture collection called Mondos, which is inspired by curving coastlines and rippling waves.

Through June 29 at 27 Vestry Street. salondesign.us


Andrea Anastasio’s Fregio hanging light was inspired by an early-20th-century Italian company called Ceramica Gatti 1928. It will be shown with Chapeaux, a trio of table lamps by Rodolfo Dordoni.

Through May 25 at 20 Greene Street. foscarini.com

Industry City Design Festival

The 10th Industry City Design Festival will include open studios of artists and artisans. The venue will also host the annual Asian Creative Festival, whose theme is “Be Colorful.”

Through May 21 at Industry City, 238 36th Street, Brooklyn. industrycity.com

May 21

International Contemporary Furniture Fair and WantedDesign Manhattan

The opening day of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, the annual centerpiece of NYCxDesign known as ICFF, is now in partnership with WantedDesign, which emphasizes global creative talent. The joint shows will feature products by more than 400 brands from 25 countries.

Through May 23 at the Javits Center, 429 11th Avenue. icff.com, wanteddesignnyc.com

DIFFA by Design

The annual exhibition and fund-raiser of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS will highlight the theme “Design That Makes a Difference.” Beneficiaries will include God’s Love We Deliver and Alpha Workshops, among other charities.

Through May 23 at the Javits Center, 429 11th Avenue. diffa.org


Furnishings from the design company Heller by Atlason Studio, Giovanni Pagnotta, and Massimo and Lella Vignelli will make their debut alongside encore pieces by William Sawaya and Mario and Claudio Bellini.

Through May 23 at 303 10th Avenue. hellerinc.com

May 22

Ralph Pucci

The French designer Elizabeth Garouste’s new plaster-glass pieces will be shown at the luxury furniture company Ralph Pucci International, alongside crystal, stone, bronze and wood designs by Nina Seirafi.

Through Aug. 31 at 44 West 18th Street. ralphpucci.com

May 23

Generation Paper

Organizers of the “Generation Paper” exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design will discuss how 1960s paper garments and accessories inspired future fashionistas.

At 6 p.m., 2 Columbus Circle. madmuseum.org

May 24

Unmaking, Making, Remaking

An exhibition will present thesis work by graduate students in industrial design from Parsons School of Design.

From 6 p.m. to 12 a.m at SOMMWHERE, 48 Ludlow Street. newschool.edu/parsons

May 25


Home décor is highlighted at Mosaic, a show and sale of design pieces by LES Collection, Piscina, Casa Patina, Studio Nordic and Luke Malaney. The works were selected by Carly Krieger, a designer from Past Lives Studio whose pieces will also be represented.

Through June 8 at High Line Nine, Gallery 6, 507 West 27th Street. highlinenine.org

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