New York Design Week 2021: the highlights


Like every other aspect of the city, New York’s annual design showcase, NYCxDesign, is coming back to life with several unprecedented moves since its derailment by the global pandemic. For starters, the two must-see design festival fairs – the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and Wanted Design Manhattan – will meet for the first time under the sprawling roof of the Javits Center. Bringing together the breadth of ICFF with Wanted Design’s eye for emerging talent, and an expanded speaker program, ICFF + Wanted Design Manhattan Talks, this roommate breathes new life into the cornerstones of NYCxDesign.

This year’s festival schedule, which usually takes place in May, also coincides with Salon Art and Design, a fair known for bringing together vintage, modern and contemporary design alongside 20th century art. With both entities exuding an international flavor, but armed with a strong local turnout, the overlap of the two events means that galleries and design showrooms across the city are looking their best this week.

NYCxDesign: highlights of New York Design Week

ICFF + Wanted Design Manhattan

‘Automatic’ chair, by Cory Grosser, for Bernhardt at ICFF (above) and ‘Scene’ tiles by Tomma Bloom, awarded Best of Launch Pad 2021 at Wanted Design Manhattan (above)

For the first time, ICFF and Wanted Design Manhattan are joining forces to exhibit under the newly expanded roof of the Javits Center during NYCxDesign. At ICFF, one of the highlights comes from Bernhardt Design, which unveils three new collaborations, with Luca Nichetto, the Italian brand Plank, and the Californian designer Cory Grosser. At Wanted Design Manhattan, where a wide range of emerging talent has always been in the spotlight, Boston-based surface design studio Tomma Bloom jointly received the fair’s Best of Launch Pad 2021 award, alongside the lighting designer Echo Zhan.

November 14 – 15, 2021
Javits Center
429 11th Avenue

Art + Design Fair

Sculpture from Ian Collings’ series’ Primary Data ‘at The Future Perfect (top), chairs by Liam Lee for Patrick Parrish Gallery (top)

There are a lot of highlights at this year’s art and design fair. Spread across the Park Avenue Armory, some of the well-heeled 2021 presentation gems include new monolithic furniture from Belgian designer Pieter Maes at Atelier Courbet, a new range of tactile sculptures from Ian Collings to The Future Perfect and Liam Lee’s psychedelic objects that tap into the natural and biological world, presented by Patrick Parrish Gallery.

November 11 – 15, 2021
Park Avenue Armory
643 Avenue du Parc

DeMuro Das x RISD Design Competition

Virginia Gordon’s ‘Vision Table’ (top) and ‘Surrealist’ screen (top)

During New York Design Week, international design firm DeMuro Das presents the fruits of a design competition held with graduate students from the Department of Furniture Design at the Rhode Island School of Design in the spring of 2021. The students were invited to design a pair of parts: one to be made in class by themselves and the second to be produced by the DeMuro Das factory in New Delhi, India. On display in the company’s Manhattan showroom, the three winning designs, by Alexis Tingey, Virginia Gordon and Maxwell Taylor-Milner, represent vigorous rounds of research and a comprehensive creative approach that reflects the company’s own global perspective. DeMuro Das.

November 12 – January 1, 2022
900 Broadway, suite 1001

“The day before yesterday, we could fly: an Afro-futuristic period room” at the Met

The Met exhibition presents a wall installation by Njideka Akunyili Crosby entitled “Prosperity and potential, displaced (again and again and …)”. Among the works in the room are a set of stools and table by Chuma Maweni (lower left corner) and sandstone by Andile Dyalvane (right). Photography: Anna-Marie Kellen, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Housed in one of the museum’s 19th-century period rooms, “Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room” is a new long-term exhibition curated by decorator Hannah Beachler that brings together works of art and objects reflecting the African diaspora from in the Met’s collections to bring generations of black creativity to the fore. Inspired by the real-life story of Seneca Village, a vibrant black community that flourished on New York’s Upper West Side from the 1820s to the 1850s and was destroyed by New York City to make way for Central Park, the The exhibition asks the question – what if this community had had the opportunity to flourish?

The room includes furniture and lighting by Ini Archibong and Jomo Tariku. Photography: Anna-Marie Kellen, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

“The Met’s distinguished collection of period rooms show not only exceptional objects and exhibits, but also complex relationships to history and authenticity that require reinterpretation and intervention. As the first to present a constructed space of today and tomorrow rather than a filtered perspective on the past, the Afrofuturist period room offers an important opportunity to engage in new dialogues and illuminate stories that have not yet been told in our walls, ”says the director of the museum. Max Hollein.

From November 5, 2021
The Metropolitan Art Museum
1000 Fifth Avenue

Under / Over East by Marta in New York

Toilet roll holder by Minjae Kim (left) and Nifemi Ogunro (right)

Building on last year’s memorable toilet roll holder survey in Marta, Los Angeles, “Under / Over” is making its way to New York City with a new selection of designer containers. The latest iteration of the exhibition is curated by Emmanuel Olunkwa and produced in collaboration with the sustainable toilet tissue company Plant Paper. It unveils new designs by Simone Bodmer-Turner, Minjae Kim, Nifemi Ogunro and Ellen Van Dusen, which are not only on display on the Lower East Side, but also installed in the bathrooms of beloved local haunts around New York City like an open invitation for design fans and passers-by to interact with the pieces.

November 13 to December 31, 2021
106 Eldridge Street

The MMXXII collection from Matter Made

‘Balloon’ Table Lamp by Jamie Wolffond for Matter

Matter has carried the New York design flag since it opened in 2003. It has grown into a brand, gallery and design platform with its own brand of furniture to its credit. The new Matter Made MMXXII collection includes a new family of fixtures from Jamie Wolfond, fixtures and furniture from founder Jamie Gray and expanded collections from Faye Toogood and Ana KraÅ¡. Matter’s long-standing exhibition space on Broome Street has also evolved into Matter Projects, a place only for hosting exhibitions.

November 13 – December 23, 2021
405 Broome Street

Troop Workshop x CC Carpets

Photography: Mattia Greghi

Cultures come together beautifully in this joint effort between Los Angeles-based furniture label Atelier de Troupe and Milanese carpet brand CC-Tapis. Inspired by the cultural origins of the two companies and the aesthetic of Berber rugs, Le Tapis Nomade is a global pastiche – designed in California and Italy, made in Nepal and presented in New York. The design of the modernist carpet comes in three colors: wheat, forest and sand. It will be on display in the Atelier de Troupe’s Soho showroom alongside its other furnishings, and along with new moody images of the carpet installed in the iconic mid-century Milan residence Casa a Tre Cilindri, designed by Angelo Mangiarotti and Bruno Morassutti in 1959.

November 11 – 18, 2021
19 Mercer Street



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