What to Look For at NYCxDESIGN 2022

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Estudio Andean for WantedDesign's Launch Pad


May 11, 2022

NYCxDESIGN 2022 is back this spring for its tenth year of bringing great design to the forefront in New York City. Now through May 20, the fair is expected to bring pre-pandemic numbers of attendees to enjoy ICFF, WantedDesign, and hundreds of open galleries and product launches. Here are a few events and exhibitions to look out for.

1. Open Studio Crawls

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Krypton Neon. Photo by Jenna Bascom

For the Festival, studios of many media and specializations across New York are opening their doors to attendees. Studios in Long Island City, Red Hook, Brooklyn Navy Yard, and the iconic Flatiron Building are featured in NYCxDESIGN’s official Open Studio Crawl, but many more, including a foursome of studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn are also inviting visitors this week.


DRINKSxDESIGN is the perfect opportunity to hang out and meet interesting creators. Expanding the Festival’s impact to the big city’s culinary scene, DRINKSxDESIGN offers special bespoke cocktails, each telling a design story uniquely tied to NYC’s culture. Drink up at design-centric restaurants and bars curated by NYCxDESIGN, Eater, and Punch.

3. Yuko Nishikawa’s “Memory Functions”

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Photo by Yuko Nishikawa

Yuko Nishikawa’s “Memory Functions” involves over 200 unique, handmade and colorful paper pulp mobiles suspended from the ceiling in a residential unit. Like a giant mobile, the installation sways as visitors walk through the space in reference to one’s impact on their physical environment. Yuko’s largest solo exhibition to date, “Memory Functions” is open through May 11 by RSVP.

4. Dieter Rams A Look Back and Ahead

Foto/Photo: Marlene Schnelle-Schneyder © Dieter und Ingeborg Rams Archiv

Dieter Rams designed over 350 ingenious and everyday objects. In “A Look Back and Ahead” 30 objects by Dieter are on display alongside photographs, reproductions, and texts throughout the years. The exhibit is organized by the Goethe-Institut, curated by Klaus Klemp, and will run through the end of the Festival.

5. ADORNO presents Melt

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Photo by Aleko Syntelis. Courtesy of HNH Gallery

“MELT” is 3,000 square feet of expressionist, experimental, contemporary design in disguise as a living room. With works by 30 New York-based artists and designers, the show, presented by ADORNO design and HNH Gallery, is full of colors, dynamism, and shapes that, you guessed it, kind of melt. The exhibition, co-curated by HNH Gallery’s Nidaa Ombali and ADORNO’s Martin Clausen, will remain through the end of May.

6. WantedDesign Launch Pad

Launch Pad at WantedDesign Manhattan is a platform for emerging designers from around the world. Judged by well-established and renowned design professionals, the 46 chosen designers will be displaying new concepts and prototypes of furniture, home accessories, and lighting.

7. Artemide Celebrate NYCxDESIGN

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Photo by GION Studio. Courtesy of Artemide

Artemide is unveiling a new lighting collection in their Soho showroom. We loved seeing the Italian lighting brand’s “Integralis” at Supersalone last year, and are excited to find out what’s next.

8. Ligne Roset presents Philippe Nigro and Mobilier National

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Courtesy of NYCxDESIGN

Beginning May 13, Ligne Roset will present the work of French designer Philippe Nigro at its New York flagship. The exhibition will include Philippe’s latest collaboration with Mobilier National and Ligne Roset in addition to his Hémicycle collection at its heart, seeking to honor France’s rich history in design.