Maybe it's the rain, maybe it's the hangover from a raucous night of black-light partyin', but we really can't take the bait n' switch routine anymore. Hard to know whether to laugh or cry when an "exhibit" consists of nothing more than a badly designed chair in the window of a fancy boutique. We did a bit of re-con today and found a couple of the best more-than-disappointing events the Meatpacking District has to offer:
In the gallery category
Much Assembly Required
Cocktails: May 18, 3-5 pm
ADAM, 678 Hudson St
Introducing the "ego" lamp collection by Viktor Jondal, a Swedish, New York-based product designer.
Three lego-towers-cum-lamps (yup - Lego towers) are jammed into the corner of ADAM, a high-end clothing boutique filled with more fashionistas than designers and more Balenciagas than Birkenstocks. With nothing other than throngs of ladies-that-lunch and their small dogs on site, 'Much Assembly Required' is enough to make you run the other way. Or break out your Lego set from kindergarten.
"What's this all about?"
In the exhibit category
The High Line Viewing Station
May 18, noon-5 pm
Hospitality Suite, Caledonia Design Center
450 West 17th St
Get a glimpse of the High Line from the exclusive Caledonia Design Center thanks to Related and Architects Newspaper.
The view IS pretty amazing, but the "Hospitality Suite"? Nothing more than a cramped, overfurnished 10x20ft model-apartment for the sales office of the Caledonia, offering "luxury loft living" at a - ahem - ridiculous cost. A stealth marketing move that ended up duping half of Design Week attendees into strolling through a sales pitch while munching on stale cookies.
"I'm confused. Isn't a loft an industrial space with high ceilings, big windows and tons of open space?"
"Well, this is a 'luxury' loft."
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