Spanning from May 8-19, New York City celebrates all forms of design through various gatherings, trade shows, exhibits, and lots of cocktail parties under the name (and hashtag) NYCXDESIGN.
With long 12-14 hour days of looking at sweet design (and doing lots of random shopping), Boss Lady, Rebekah and Buyer, Sara return with wide eyes and tons of inspiration. Here's a quick recap of some of their favorite events, products, and fun NYC shenanigans.
With two event sites, one in Industry City in Sunset Park and the Terminal Stores building in Chelsea's Historic District, Wanted Designs provides a platform for international design and has established itself as a constant and staunch supporter of U.S. and international design via events, conversations, and partners.
SIGHT UNSEEN OFFSITE
Quickly becoming a favorite stop of the NYCXDESIGN events, Sight Unseen OFFSITE combines works by the best and brightest independent design studios from around the world, located in the airy, light-filled Hudson Mercantile in Chelsea.
A highlight here was meeting Ellen Van Dusen of Dusen Dusen, whose new line of textiles for the home will arrive at Forage this fall! It was also so great to meet the duo behind Chiaozza - makes of amazing wall mount shelves and marries and hand-formed papier mach plants with such personality!
THE DESIGN JUNCTION
Hosting shows in Milan and London, The Design Junction put together their first show in NYC this year at Art Beam in Chealsea's Gallery District. Showing a beautiful collection of 25 international brands, with vendors like Korridor and Muuto (MUUTO!!!!!), it was a perfect size and break from the larger shows.
Affectionately referred to as "The Beast", ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) is the mother of all events during NYCXDESIGN. At the Javits Center, 30,000 - 40,000 people attend with over 700 exhibitors. It's huge and it's always good. There were too many favorites from this show, but our buddy Aelfie stood out with the happiest booth.
Located at the Skylight Clarkson building. Collective Design is dedicated to exploring the significance of design across creative disciplines and everyday life. Guided by a group of industry leaders, including designers, architects, gallerists, and collectors, Collective Design was a refreshing. We nearly cried looking at the LeCorbusier tapestry that was on display. And we were delighted to meet ceramist Cody Hoyt! Sight Unseen also hosted a Pop-Up during Collective Design as well - where we were able to see another favorite's work, Doug Johnston, which continues to amaze.
And check out these, the "Doorman" door stops, in the Memphis Milano exhibit.
We trekked out to Flushing and visited Forrest of Workaday Handmade in his studio. His stuff is so amazing!
Blu Dot's Party on Friday night was packed!
It was hot on Saturday, so we stood in line for 25 minutes at Milk for a Cereal Milk Cone. Dudes, it was worth it.
The Future Perfect cocktail party. Neon Sign on fleek!
We got to hang out with "Brunch" the Ball Python at Happy Bones NYC. So random, and so entertaining.
We're happy to be home to our own beds and wide streets, but will be thinking about our trip for quite some time. Until next time, NYC!