New York City Design Fever

The streets of New York City have been highly crowded for the past two weeks due to the confluence of a large crowd of art and design lovers from around the world: in conjunction with internationally renowned Frieze Art Fair and ICFF, the city is also hosting NYCxDESIGN‘s second edition – running from the 9th to the 20th of May.

Knauf & Brown

The 11-days annual citywide celebration of design brings together all disciplines, creating a platform for cultural diffusion that supplies emerging talents with a launching pad while it offers the more established brands a chance to exhibit their new designs. The event also includes a rich schedule of talks, activities, installations, launches and open studios.

One of the largest and most important events running at the same time is ICFF, on from the 17th to the 20thof May, showcasing a big range of furniture, seating, carpet and flooring as well as lighting, textiles and home decoration accessories. Now running its 26th edition, ICFF is located in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Centre and hosts more than 500 exhibitors from over 30 different countries.

Elsewhere in the city, located in the landmark Terminal Stores building at 11th Street, WantedDesign (16-19 May) offers visitors an enriching experience through innovative installations, pop-up stores, interactive experiences and talks.  Founded in 2011, the event has quickly risen to become a key meeting point for students, designers, design passionates and industry experts. Highlights include Azambourg studio, Moroso, The Carrot Concept, Labrica and many more.



Intro/NY (15-18 May) is running in its second year, and is focused on displaying a line up of 12 international brands including Decode, CastorModus and Muuto. Supported by London-based designjunction and based in the the Openhouse gallery, in the heart of Soho, this exciting design space is the setting for inspiring  and innovative design.


Also in its 2nd edition, Collective 2 Design (8-11 may) is the new fair for contemporary design of emerging as well as established galleries. This year gave space to 36 exhibitors including Paris Galerie BSLDeinst + Dotter Antikviteter and Beirut’s up-and-coming Carwan Gallery. Hosted at Skylight at Moynihan Station, the luminous space also showcased a solo exhibition of  Dutch designer and artist Hella Jongerius curated by Murray Moss and Franklin Getchell.

Hella Jongerius

India Mahdavi at Carwan Gallery

Launched by Online influential magazine Sight Unseen and one of the most awaited events of the Design week, OFFSITE is a brand new design fair conceived for forward-thinking and independent young designers. Organized by founders Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer, the event will keep the same spirit as the past Noho Design District events – a satellite exhibition running from 2010 to 2013 also curated by Sight Unseen – but aiming at a more exclusive and exciting result. The event showcases a selection of furniture by several talented designers including Ladies & Gentlemen StudioEric TrineZoë MowatKnauf & Brown as well as a collaboration between 20 designers and Print all over me.

Ladies & Gentlemen Studio

Eric Trine

Print All Over x Sight Unseen

Interesting expedient that of Core 77, the industrial online magazine that created C77 Design daily, a tabloid-sized printed newspaper reporting on all events and design celebrations taking place around the city during NYCxDESIGN and available in most of the above listed events.

Many others interesting events take place during these thrilling and truly inspiring days – for more information visit NYCxDESIGN official website.


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