For the first time this May 13-15, The UK’s leading design exhibition Designjunction and Dwell on Design, America’s largest design event, will partner during NYCxDESIGN this weekend (May 13 – 15) in a highly anticipated collaborative show that promises to present the city’s most exciting display of cutting-edge design and captivating conversations at the warehouse-style ArtBeam venue in Chelsea; New York's cultural hotspot.
The show will also be home to an agenda-setting three-day talks programme (curated by Dwell on Design magazine Editor-in-Chief, Amanda Dameron), where industry experts and thought leaders from all sectors of the creative industries will ignite conversation and spark debate. This programme will feature a host of high-profile industry panelists including leading architects, designers, creative directors and curators, where CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded to the architectural and design community. The program’s theme is “Exploring the built environment in the modern world.”
Renowned illustrator, graphic designer, and author Bob Gill, who in a career spanning more than 60 years has influenced modern typography, design, and graphics, will headline the talks program. He will be joined by others, including Caroline Baumann, director of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; Dorothy Cosonas, creative director at KnollTextiles; architects Matthias Hollwich of HWKN and Dong-Ping Wong and Oana Stanescu of Family; and 25 additional industry leaders.
Many exciting brands will also be using the show to launch their latest products. Dyke & Dean will be marking the international launch of the brand’s new Splatterware range of enamelware, and will also be showcasing new lighting ranges. AARA, meanwhile will show products from designers Alexander Mueller, Catherine Aitken, Daniel Schofield, Ester Comunello and Suliman Innab.
Also, Welsh brand Melin Tregwynt will showcase blankets, throws, cushions, bedspreads and upholstery, including the new Vintage Star collection, and showing for the first time in the USA, Cuero Design will launch the Pampa Mariposa, a leather Butterfly Chair, and Iceland Mariposa, a sheepskin Butterfly Chair made of Icelandic lambskin, as well as their new Abrazo chair and Sierra tables. Finally, Iota will showcase its contemporary luxury home products based on traditional crochet technique, following the traditions of northern Europe, and lighting design specialists Haberdashery will be showing Leaf, its beautiful sculptural lighting product system, made from delicate leaf-shaped bone china elements.
As if that wasn't enough, the show will also be providing a community hub for design and architecture provided by the WeWork co-living space company. This will be an archetypal co-working space, which brings a pop-up workspace to the ArtBeam venue with free wifi. Furniture within the WeWork co-working area will be provided by Muuto, known for its bold, creative pieces that deliver a new perspective on Scandinavian design. In addition, the café area at the event will be furnished by Vitra and Artek, with a free espresso for every visitor served by coffee sponsor illy.
Will Sorrell, Deputy Director of designjunction, said: “We’re delighted to return for our second year in New York, and to partner with Dwell on Design for the first time. Our multipurpose space will provide the best in design inspiration, debate and co-working space in the heart of Chelsea; a cutting edge destination for international design.”
Amanda Dameron, added of their keynote speaker: “We are honoured to welcome legendary design leader Bob Gill as our keynote speaker on Friday, May 13. Gill's distinguished career has spanned continents and disciplines, and his perspective on the business of design (as well as the nature of creativity) is invaluable. His influence cannot be overstated.”