New York Design Week — which officially started May 8 and ends this Tuesday, May 19 — can be an eclectic affair, seeing as many forms can be included under the umbrella of design. To help you navigate, we handpicked the events surrounding NYCxDESIGN that you won’t want to miss this weekend.
See our other weekend guides here.
Sight Unseen Offsite
Showcasing the work of independent design studios alongside established brands, Sight Unseen Offsite is an annual exhibition curated by former “I.D.” editors Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov. Offsite runs from today, May 15 to Monday, May 18. More information here.
Hudson Mercantile, 500 West 36th Street
The Store at MING by Tom Dixon
Creative Company MING recently opened a retail spaced called The Store near the Brooklyn Bridge. Exemplifying the importance of brick-and-mortar locations, The Store debuts with a Tom Dixon takeover, housing the designer’s products — including writing instruments, barware, home scents and more — for the next three months. The Store is currently open to the public.
25 Peck Slip
Vitsoe “I Cannot Not Communicate” Installation
Berlin and UK-based artist Martin John Callanan debuts his new work “I Cannot Not Communicate” at Vitsoe’s New York location. The installation features the first 100 books suggested to Callanan through Amazon’s recommendation system, based on his purchases since the system’s launch. Callanan has also produced a Risographed pamphlet to accompany the exhibition. The books will be on display on Dieter Rams’ iconic and beloved shelves. Find more info here.
33 Bond Street
Collier Schorr at Dover Street Market
Just in time for the week of art and design festivities, Idea Books is curating a special mini-shop dedicated to photographer Collier Schorr at Dover Street Market. The pop-up includes special prints of Schorr’s work, vintage books, a limited edition zine and “Collier” hats.
160 Lexington Avenue
One of the premier platforms for global design, ICFF showcases the up-and-coming in the world of contemporary design. With more than 700 exhibitors from all over the world, the exhibit will feature furniture, lighting, accessories and more. Be sure to check out Design Milk’s pop-up as well.
Javits Center, 655 W 34th Street
Makers & Brothers with Max Lamb
Makers & Brothers opens its shop in the garden of The Standard in New York’s East Village. Expect high-quality, handmade objects true to the brand’s Irish roots and products by Max Lamb.
Bowery & East 5th Street
A staple of New York Design Week since 2011, this year WantedDesign expands beyond Manhattan with a second location in Brooklyn. Look for events including installations, pop-up shops, interactive experiences and more. More info here.
Manhattan: Terminal Stores, 269 11th Avenue between 27th and 28th Streets
Brooklyn: Industry City, 274 36th Street
Collective Design fair combines commercial and educational aspects to showcase design from throughout the 20th century to today. The fair runs from now through May 17. More info here.
Skylight Clarkson Square, 550 Washington Street
With an entire floor dedicated to Brooklyn-based galleries, Select has something for everyone including performance art and music. More info here.
Center 548, 548 West 22nd Street
Located on Randall’s Island, the Frieze Art Fair features work from over 1,000 artists from all over the world. This year marks the introduction of Spotlight, a section of solo presentations of 20th century art. The fair runs from now through May 17. More info here.
Randall’s Island Park
MoMA PS1’s Night at the Museum
MoMA PS1’s seasonal Night at the Museum event is tonight. Works on view include Wael Shawky’s “Cabaret Crusades” and IM Heung-soon’s “Reincarnation.” Go for the contemporary art, stay for the music by UMFANG. Tickets are available here.
22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
Drifting in the Daylight: Art in Central Park
Creativetime (the team behind Kara Walker’s A Subtlety last summer) teams up with the Central Park Conservancy to produce “a dreamy springtime pathway of art” in Central Parks’ north end. The public exhibition is up for the next six weekends through June 20, featuring immersive and participatory works that promise to let visitors “transcend their busy lives.” More info here.
Central Park’s North End
Jonald Dudd at City Bird Gallery
Ostensibly responding to the work of famed minimalist Donald Judd, Jonald Dudd is an exhibition of works by designers and artists that seek to blur the lines between art, design and craft. The works push the limits of artistic convention, engaging in critical analysis and personal expression through design. More info here.
191 Henry Street
In honor of its iconic Desert Boot’s 65th anniversary, Clark’s invites 14 UK-based artists and designers to create a unique piece inspired by the shoe. The team was also asked to design limited edition Desert Boot styles, with sales proceeds going to a landmine removal charity. The works are on display at citizenM this weekend. More info here.
218 W 50th Street
Prouvé RAW at Vitra
To kick off ICFF this weekend, G-Star RAW and Vitra are exhibiting their second collaboration. The collaboration draws inspiration from the work of 20th-century architect and designer Jean Prouvé, and is viewable in-store starting tomorrow, May 16.
29 9th Avenue