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Must-Attend NYCxDESIGN Events of 2023: Core77 Editors’ Top Picks

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NYCxDESIGN time is upon us. It’s a season that always makes for an exciting time, but can also get a bit overwhelming when it comes to planning. That’s why the editors at Core77 have put together a comprehensive guide to NYCxDESIGN 2023, recommending all the events we think are worth a visit over the next week.

Here are the events that stand out to us in the 2023 NYCxDESIGN lineup:

Opening Thursday, May 18

Furnishing Utopia Presents: Public Access

Opening Celebration May 18 at HeadHi, runs through June 3 Learn more

An NYCxDesign exhibition marking the return of Furnishing Utopia, which is curated by Jean Lee of Ladies & Gentlemen Studio. PUBLIC ACCESS’S goal is to explore how design can inspire communal acts of sharing, by posing a foundational question to the design world: How can creative practices be more rooted in acts of care and empathy for the external world?

Located at HeadHi (146 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn) and Naval Cemetery Landscape in Brooklyn Navy Yard (63 Williamsburg St W, Brooklyn)

Herman Miller x Intramural Vintage Pop-Up

May 18­–Sunday, May 21 Learn more

To celebrate 100 years of Herman Miller, the brand is providing a rare opportunity to peek into–and even perhaps own a piece of–its archives. Visitors will be able to purchase unique pieces deaccessioned from Herman Miller’s archives, in addition to hard-to-find collectibles curated by New York’s Intramural Shop.

Located at the Herman Miller Flagship Store, 251 Park Avenue South, New York

Chris Wolston: Flower Power

Opening May 18­, runs through June 30 Learn more

A solo exhibition of new work by Medellín-based sculptural furniture designer and artist, Chris Wolston will kick off at the beginning of NYCxDesign in The Future Perfect’s private West Village townhouse. Wolston’s fourth solo exhibition and tenth presentation with the gallery, Flower Power marks a new direction for the artist’s ceramic practice with the debut of a series of terracotta furniture and lighting—the first ceramic collection he has made exclusively for The Future Perfect.

Located at The Future Perfect St. Lukes Townhouse, viewable by appointment

The Sight Unseen Collection

Opening May 18, 7-9 PM Learn more

For NYCxDESIGN 2023, Sight Unseen is showcasing the furniture work of 23 designers, including Aleiya Olu, Alexis & Ginger, Arvo Ray, Astraeus Clarke, Ceramicah, Cultivation Objects, and more.

Located at Voltz Clarke Gallery, 195 Chrystie St, New York Daily exhibition hours: May 19-24, 12pm to 6pm

NYCxDesign Opening Night Party

May 18, 5:30 – 7:30 PM Learn more

An initial celebration of all things NYCxDESIGN will be hosted by Studio by Tishman Speyer and Hem. Enjoy a playful installation of established design pieces alongside brand-new editions. This event is followed by an afterparty at Tuleste Factory in Manhattan from 8-11 PM.

The party begins at The Spiral (66 Hudson Boulevard East, 65th Floor, New York) and ends at Tuleste Factory (191 7th Ave #2R, New York)

Friday, May 19

Creative Mornings “Your Brain on Art” with Ivy Ross + Susan Magsamen at Newlab

May 19, 7:30-9 AM Learn more

Hear co-authors Ivy Ross and Susan Magsamen of the new book Your Brain on Art discuss how art is not just the aesthetic icing on the cake of life, but essential to the well-being of our bodies, communities, and planet. Ross and Magsamen offer a glimpse into the science of neuroaesthetics, a relatively recent field that focuses on the unique power of art and aesthetics to heal and transform our brains and bodies. They argue that we’re on the verge of a cultural shift in which the arts can deliver potent, accessible, and proven solutions for the well-being of everyone, covering a range of compelling research that shows how art reduces stress levels, strengthens cognition, and provides other therapeutic benefits.

While this event is currently sold out, there is currently a waitlist you can sign up for and it will be available via livestream online.

Located at Newlab, 19 Morris Avenue, Brooklyn and online via livestream

Leaning into Regenerative – Material Connexion

May 19, 2 – 4 PM RSVP here

In this panel discussion between Dr. Andrew Dent (Executive Vice President of Research, Material ConneXion) and Lauryn Menard (Co-Founder and Creative Director, PROWL Studio) the pair will explore how shifting perspectives and R+D strategies can lead to practical solutions. Panelists will discuss how materials selection plays into brands’ climate goals and methods of choosing alternatives that are within reach, but also push the envelope.

Located at 28 Liberty St 6th floor 28 Liberty Street #6th floor New York

Multisensory Data Experience through Wagashi: Designer Talk and Workshop

May 19, 3-4:30 PM Get tickets

How might we create tangible experiences around data by engaging senses beyond the visual? Data visualization is a powerful tool for making sense of complex information, but it often relies solely on the visual to communicate insights. Combining classic Japanese confectionary Wagashi with data analysis, multidisciplinary software designer at IDEO Tiange Wang shares her experimental approach of creating and sharing data stories through additional sensory elements like taste, smell, texture and physical interaction with the confectionary.

Virtual event

Makelab x IDSA NYC Social Networking Event

May 19, 5-9 PM RSVP here

Mingle with the IDSA NY community and spend time with the Makelab founders, expert team and tour their lab at this event Friday night. Grab materials samples, ask questions (any question!) and learn how 3D printing could be more seamlessly integrated into your production work streams and about all the materials that you can 3D print in.

Located at 325 Gold St 325 Gold Street, Brooklyn

Saturday, May 20

Soho Design Day

May 20, All Day Learn more

Walk the historics streets of Soho and see what the all the showrooms have in store for NYCxDESIGN on Soho Design Day. You can read more about what’s happening in Soho on the Soho Design District website, but just a few participating exhibitors include Tom Dixon, MoMA Design Store, Artemide, and more.

Design Day at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

May 20, 12-4 PM RSVP here

Come explore the Brooklyn Navy Yard through a design lens at Design Day, Step inside the Yard to meet entrepreneurs defining the future of design from production realization to sustainably sourced food and explore diverse design fields from fashion to photography to applied design and more.

Design Day will feature open studios between 12-4 throughout the Brooklyn Navy Yard and a handful of exciting design events.

Located at Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 77, 141 Flushing Ave (at Vanderbilt Ave), Brooklyn

NASA Deep Space Food Challenge Innovation Showcase at Smart Design (Part of Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Design Day)

Panel discussion 5-6:30 PM RSVP here

Join John Anderson, Executive Technology Director at Smart Design, and Denise Morris, NASA Program Manager, as they welcome Phnam Bagley, Founding Partner & Creative Director of Nonfiction, Ralph Fritsche, Senior Project Manager for Space Crop Production at NASA, and Conrad Zeidler, Engineer, Food Production Team at the Canadian Space Agency, for a discussion on the role and impact of design and innovation as we reach for the stars.

Starting with the NASA Deep Space Food Challenge they will discuss their approaches and perspectives to designing and developing food production systems, terrestrial analogs, and the infrastructure needed to sustain long-duration space missions and everyday life in your home and community.

Located at 63 Flushing Avenue Building 127, Suite 3B, Brooklyn

Upon Further Reflection

Opening May 20, runs through May 25 Learn more

Upon Further Reflection is an exhibition supported by the AAPI Design Alliance and co-curated by Lora Appleton (Female Design Council/kinder MODERN) + Andrea Hill (Tortuga Forma). The exhibit features both lauded and emerging AAPI, female-identified artists & designers of all backgrounds, acknowledging the diversity within the Asian community; the differences and beauty within. Focusing on female-identified makers is intended to continue to provide a platform to the often under looked magic and fierce reflection of this prolific community.

Located at 3.1 Phillip Lim, 48 Great Jones Street, New York

Sunday May 21

ICFF / WantedDesign

May 21-23 Learn more

Sunday marks the kickoff of ICFF, and theres much to be seen this year within the Javits Center. Some standouts worth looking out for include WantedDesign’s LaunchPad of emerging designers, as well as their ECO Solidarity exhibit, with work by European designers “addressing the most pressing conditions of human health in response to the environmental and humanitarian crises.”

Located at the Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street, New York

Creative Synergies: Empowering Design through Technology

May 21, 4-6:30 PM RSVP here

To stimulate dialogue and unite talent among design and technology professionals, students pursuing careers at the intersection of design and technology, and educators. This discussion aims to inspire participants to foster networking, acquire relevant skills, and confidently adapt to the AI age. By exploring synergies between tech and design, we hope to encourage the creation of innovative, user-centric solutions that harness the power of the latest technology, ultimately bridging the gap between industrial design and tech disciplines.

Panelists include Tucker Viemeister, FIDSA, Gary Shigeru Natsume, Jessica Banks, George Sun, and Marcel Botha. Moderated by Eric Chan and Jane Chudinov.

Located at the The New School, Room UL104 Auditorium 63 5th Avenue, New York

Wednesday, May 24

Unmaking, Making, Remaking – Parsons Industrial Design MFA Thesis Projects

May 24, 4-11 PM Learn more

Parsons Industrial Design MFA is a leading design program that advances and challenges design theory and practice. This year’s cohort represents the next generation of designers, taking their innovative thesis projects beyond institutional boundaries into the landscape of the New York design community.

Located at Sommwhere on Ludlow, 48 Ludlow St, New York


May 24, 5:30-8:30 PM RSVP here

Join a live podcast recording of “The Mic”, NYCxDESIGN’s seminal podcast hosted by Debbie Millman, that offers an inside look into New York City’s most creative design minds. Known for sharing the perspective of some of the industry’s fearless leaders, this celebration on May 24th sponsored by Flamingo, will feature a discussion on designing products and creating brands for women, with their bodies and choices in mind.

Millman will lead a panel of design revolutionaries that includes Cher Russo, the Creative Director at Flamingo with previous lead creative roles at Glossier and Estée Lauder; Natasha Jen, an award-winning designer, educator, and partner at Pentagram; and Erica Eden, the founder of the 4-B Collective and previously the Global Director of Design Innovation at PepsiCo’s Design Center.

Located at Caelum Gallery in Chelsea, 526 W 26th St #315, New York

KaraokeGPT Party

May 24, 6-9 PM RSVP here

Find your place in the Real Time Internet with argodesign at their studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. At this interactive open studio and happy hour event, we’ll explore the power of generative computing and AI tools—and importantly, the tangible ways we can apply them.

And get ready to sing your heart out at our interactive KaraokeGPT installation. Experience karaoke the argo way, with custom lyrics to your favorite hits, powered by ChatGPT.

Located at argodesign’s NY studio, 285 N 6th Street, Floor 4 Brooklyn

Dumbo x Design – A Celebration of Dumbo’s Design Companies

May 24, 6-9 PM Learn more

Behold Dumbo’s incredible Design Community! We are celebrating the incredible work of design companies that call Dumbo home with a party and showcase of work. Come join us for drinks with designers from Pensa, Hudson Wilder, Red Antler, Frog, BIG Architecture, Brompton Bikes and a dozen more companies.

Located at Superfine, 126 Front Street, Brooklyn

Enjoy your 2023 NYCxDESIGN week!

GPT’s reaction to this article:

As an AI language model, I don’t have personal opinions or preferences. However, this article provides a comprehensive guide to the events happening during NYCxDESIGN week in 2023, highlighting some of the most interesting exhibitions, panels, and parties worth attending. It could be useful for anyone interested in design and looking for events to attend during the week.

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