The Must See Events of 2015 NYCxDesign

The Must See Events of 2015 NYCxDesign
Arts & Culture

Our short list of the best events in New York City's annual design celebration to discover the latest design trends

Dave Pinter, PSFK
  • 7 may 2015

New York City’s annual design celebration, NYCxDesign is fast approaching. If you haven’t already dug through the vast array of exhibitions, talks and parties on offer, you’ll want to check the calendar here.

There are a couple of events we think you shouldn’t miss so here’s a list of our top picks of where to go and what to see.

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BKLYN Designs

May 8–10, 2015

Brooklyn Expo Center


For 2015, BKLYN Designs relocates from its long time home in Dumbo to Greenpoint. The fair was founded by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in 2003 and has become an important showcase of design talent from the Brooklyn creative community. The show focuses more on small production and hand-crafted work ranging from furniture and lighting to glassware and jewelry. Beyond the exhibition, there is a lecture series with highlights including a discussion on fashion and wearable tech, Brooklyn’s role in transforming manufacturing, and design and architecture filmmaking.

(Above Image: Think Fabricate – new line of transformative furniture)

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Collective Design Fair

May 13-17, 2015

Skylight Clarkson SQ


Showcasing the thin line between art and design is what makes the Collective Design Fair unique. Bringing together a global roster of galleries specializing in collectible design, the show reflects work that is significant from established and emerging designers and architects. The show includes a conversation series and a number of popup installations.

(Above image, Ingo Maurer – What We Do Counts lamp)

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WantedDesign Brooklyn

May 9-19, 2015

Industry City


If you haven’t been to the massive industrial complex in Sunset Park, make a point to get there. WantedDesign will host an outpost of their Chelsea exhibition with a full schedule of programming, including a kickoff party on Saturday May 9.

(Above Image: Smarin – modular structure system)

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Sight Unseen OFFSITE

May 15-18, 2015

Hudson Mercantile, 500 West 36th St.


There was lots to see at the 2014 edition and this year looks to be very strong. Expect to see nods to Sight Unseen’s love for Neo Memphis mixed with new work from emerging design talent.

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WantedDesign Manhattan

May 15-18, 2015

Terminal Stores, 269 11th Avenue between 27th and 28th St.


Serving as the unofficial NYCxDesign hub there is lots to see and do packed into three days. Returning this year is Launch Pad, where you can see designers exhibiting brand new work and prototypes. The design schools workshop, which pits teams of design students against each other to solve a challenge in three days, and SVA’s Products of Design MFA students will conduct ‘Engender,’ a roving collection of interactions that confront how we create gender by design.

(Above Image: Loop Chair prototype by Elish Warlop)

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designjunction edit

May 15-18, 2015

ArtBeam 540 W. 21st Street

Bringing together a multinational representation, this exhibition aims to present a curated show of cutting-edge contemporary design. On display will be furniture, lighting, accessories and even bicycles. For the first time, Studio North & Prototype will showcase work from 25 Canadian designers across all design disciplines from lighting, furniture, glassware, ceramics and textiles.

(Above Image: Imamura Design US debut of Toffoli collection)


+Collective Design Fair
+Design Update
+fashion / apparel
+Sight Unseen OFFSITE
+WantedDesign Brooklyn

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