New York Design Week kicks off tomorrow with hundreds of exhibitions, installations, talks, openings and parties lighting up the five boroughs. To help navigate the options, our editors scoured the listings to present a concise guide to this year's festivities. Here's our top 10 picks for New York Design Week 2015:
ADFF will be screening eight short films throughout BKLYN Designs, focusing on Brooklyn and/or made by Brooklyn filmmakers. The range of topics includes dumpsters turned swimming pools in Gowanus, a look at the progressive technologies used in the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Greenpoint, a portrait of Stefan Sagmeister, a visit to Piet Oudolf's gardens, and the making of SITU Studio's Design Lab at the New York Hall of Science. A special panel discussion about design and film—moderated by ADFF Director Kyle Bergman—will be held on Sunday May 10th. Opens May 8.
What does the future of food look like? This concept is taken up by designers across the country in 20 provocative proposals ranging from market-ready products to visionary concepts. Visitors can expect to find a host of imaginative and pleasantly wacky ideas, including scratch and sniff vitamins, nasal flavor enhancement accessories, and wearable pizza. Sure to be an unconventional respite from NYDW fairs! Opens May 8.
Textile designer Liz Collins is installing a woven tapestry, "that places architecture and design in conversation." A performance-based installation, the project will invite attendees to witness and participate in the installation and will evolve throughout the fair. As fans of Liz's home collection, we hope to see some of the themes she explores in her throw pillows, blankets and carpets in her architectural installation. Opens May 13.
This jewel box of design in Chinatown represents the spirit of collaboration and community in American design. The space itself is the showroom for a design co-op consisting of 15 independent North American designers. Founded by the design editor Jean Lin, during New York Design Week the showroom will also host the fourth Reclaim NYC exhibition. Originally a response to the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, the Reclaim exhibitions have become a way for designers to create a one-off installation—the proceeds from the sale goes on to support a philanthropic organization of the designers' choice. Opens May 14 for Tribeca Design District.
Brooklyn-based designers The Principals work across architecture, design and technology to create interactive installations and design objects that, "expand our understanding of the world, connecting utility with a universal sense of wonder." At this year's Sight Unseen OFFSITE, escape the chaos of the fairs with a trip to the Dynamic Sanctuary, an immersive installation that uses light to reflect the biorhythms of participants. Opens May 15.
Field Experiments will be presenting their newest project, Play as Work, in a visual and participatory exhibition at the Moiety Gallery. Over the course of two weeks, the design collective will host a series of programs. Field Experiments is a nomadic design collective that creates whimsical objects from every day materials, interactions and environments. Their breakout show last year at Sight Unseen's OFFSITE was a wonderful lens into their process—working with Balinese artisans, the designers created a collection of 50 objects that bound household products with craft process to redefine the concept of a souvenir. Opens May 15.
Matter's downtown showroom space will be filled with the retailer's 2015 collection. The rich offering will include new lighting designs from Jaime Gray's Matter Made collection featuring the latest LED technologies, as well as new designs from Philippe Malouin, Ana Kras, Vonnegut Kraft and Visibility. Opens May 16.
Herman Miller and Geiger host a site-specific installation designed by Various Projects highlighting the "sensual minimalism" of iconic New York designer Ward Bennett. The show will offer a rare opportunity for visitors to interact with archival furniture pieces and see first hand Bennett's refined approach to materials and craft. Opens May 15.
MoMA's latest design exhibition questions the democratization of design in our digital culture. The eclectic result—curated by Paola Antonelli—features classics like the Kikkoman Soy Sauce bottle to a wearable, 3D printed dress by design collective Nervous System. Ongoing.
This revolutionary exhibition reconsiders the vital role that women creatives played in the definition of postwar modernism during the 50's and 60's. History is rewritten here—the first survey dedicated to analyzing the role of women in design— through examples of trailblazing women working across the arts and design. Ongoing.