The New York Design Week must-see calendar

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New York Design Week has roared back into New York City for a seventh year, and in 2019 there will be over 400 activities across all five boroughs. They range in scale from talks to full-on museum installations, and narrowing down what to see can be daunting. Below are a few of our favorite “can’t miss” events.

1. Nature – The Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum 2 E 91st Street, Manhattan, May 10 to January 20, 2020

Tranceflora, 2015–19; Sputniko! (Hiromi Ozaki) (Japanese, b. 1985) and Masaya Kushino (Japanese, b. 1982), Another Farm (Tokyo, Japan), in collaboration with National Agricultural and Research Organization (NARO) (Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, founded 2006) and Hosoo (Kyoto, Japan, founded 1688); Glowing transgenic silk; Photo by So Morimoto

The Cooper Hewitt’s sixth Design Triennial will look at ways to radically redress the climate crisis, thanks to help from their co-organizer, the Cube design museum in Kerkrade, Netherlands. Nature is organized in seven categories for understanding how designers can work with, and around, the natural world to benefit both the environment and humanity.

2. Deeper than Text by the Female Design Council

1stdibs Gallery, Terminal Stores, 269 11th Avenue, Lobby 4 - Floor 7, Manhattan, May 10 to 31

(Courtesy of the Designer)

Mounted by the Female Design Council at the 1stdibs showroom, Deeper than Text surveys work by 19 international women designers who push the envelope in terms of form, material innovation, and preconceived notions of how objects should look and feel.

3. Arcade by Calico & Workstead

220 Church Street, Manhattan, May 14 to 21

(Courtesy of the Designers)

Brooklyn-based design studio Calico and Workstead team up to debut two new collections in the historical Neoclassical Merchants Square Building. Set within the striking interior, Calico will debut its new Chamber lighting range while Workstead will reveal its Relic furniture series in a combined, site-specific interior installation.

4. Unnatural Habitat by PELLE

56 W 22nd Street, Manhattan, May 15 to June 28

(Courtesy Pelle)

New York boutique lighting brand PELLE creates the Unnatural Habitat installation in its Flatiron showroom. The conceptual environment debuts new work: a kinetic light installation entitled Dust, sculpted Nana Lure lamps, and the precision-tiled DVN table.

5. Urban Imprint by Studio INI

A/D/O, 29 Norman Avenue, Brooklyn, May 17 onward

(Luke Walker/Courtesy A/D/O)

Brooklyn co-working platform and design incubator A/D/O taps dynamic London and Athens-based Studio INI for its second New York Design Week installation. Mounted in the venue’s courtyard, Urban Imprint takes a forward-looking approach to notions of personal identity in cities. A cocoon-like envelopment will rise, recede, and partially separate as people walk through the piece to give each individual a unique and intensely personal experience.

6. Errata: Books Do Clutter a Room

72 Avenue A, Manhattan, May 16 to 31

(Courtesy Errata)

Curated by Miguel Leiro, Errata is an exhibition hosted at Mast Books that assembles a group of conceptual works that question the physical condition of both books and design objects. It will bring together new work from various Spanish designers, ranging in material and typology. Exhibiting designers include Pablo Alabau, Tomás Alonso, Colectivo la Cosa, Miguel Leiro, Jorge Penadés, Sara Regal and Julen Ussía.

7. Pas de Deux at Colony

324 Canal Street, 2nd Floor Manhattan, May 17 to 31

(Alan Tansey)

Celebrate the fifth birthday of both Colony and the Tribeca Design District at the launch of Pas de Deux, and Tribeca Design District night, on May 16. Each of Colony’s 14 designers will display a new piece alongside a work of fine art, recontextualizing both.

8. Ventura New York

ICFF, Jacob Javitz Center, May 19 to 22

Radiolaria #1 – fragments of nature by Studio Lilian van Daal (Lonneke van der Palen)

The force behind a wide range of international exhibition events, including Ventura Lambrate, Ventura Future, Ventura Centrale, and Ventura Dubai, among others, returns to New York for its third nonconsecutive exhibition. This year, Ventura New York will feature work by 17 contemporary Dutch design brands and individual talents.  Among the eclectic offering are new furniture lines, innovative lighting solutions, material experiments, and conceptual explorations.

9. TIMBER by Hannah Martin

WantedDesign Brooklyn, Industry City, Brooklyn, May 16 to 20

(Courtesy WantedDesign)

In the TIMBER exhibit at WantedDesign Brooklyn, design editor Hannah Martin explores the thriving woodworking community that occupies the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. Many of these craftspeople help drive New York’s design scene. The show includes work by Lindsey Adelman, Chen Chen & Kai Williams, Egg Collective, Sebastian Errazuriz, Flavor Paper, Jason Miller, Juniper, Billy Ray Morgan, Cambium Studio, and Matthias Pliessnig,

10. Tiny House by Fernando Mastrangelo Studio

Various locations, May 10 to 22

(Courtesy Fernando Mastrangelo Studio)

Innovate concrete atelier Fernando Mastrangelo Studio will be embarking on their largest project yet, casting an entire tiny house out of a proprietary mix in their Brooklyn studio (134 Hinsdale Street) launching with a party there on May 10. Once it’s complete, Tiny House will be placed on a trailer and parked at various spots throughout the city, including Times Square as part of Design Pavilion.

Header Image: 3D printed panels of Colback by Rick Tegelaar, as part of Ventura New York (Lonneke van der Palen)