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Heading to NYCxDesign? Here Are The Things Not To Miss…

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Are you heading to New York City for NYCxDesign? Fear not, we have your guide of the must-see things to do while you are here for design week. Your guide is Royce Epstein, our Director of Design Segment, who lives in NYC and has recommendations for what to see and do, where to eat, and where to shop. Let’s begin!


NYCxDesign, or NY Design Week, has been built up over the last few years around ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair). This is held at the Javits Center starting on Saturday May 14, and you should allow at least a few hours to walk the show as it’s a trade show in the traditional sense. ICFF is known for showcasing emerging designers, European and Scandinavian brands, regional designers, and lots of interesting new products and materials. We will be there on Saturday, please say hello if you see us.

Another important part of NYCxdesign is Wanted, which is held in two locations: at the Terminal Stores Building in Chelsea (aka the old Tunnel nightclub for those of us who went dancing there in the 80s), and at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The Manhattan location is the more prominent, with 130 exhibitors and multiple speakers and panel discussions. The Industry City location is off-the-beaten-path, but you’ll get a sneak peek into where the Brooklyn maker community congregates.

Designjunction comes to NYC again this year from the UK, partnering with Dwell on Design, and showing at ArtBeam in Chelsea. Twenty European brands will be on display, as well as a popup from WeWork, a café from Illy, and several design talks led by Dwell Magazine.

A favorite of NYCxDesign is Site Unseen Offsite, which is a curated exhibit of cutting edge design from the gals that run the Site Unseen design blog. Just go, it’s awesome. Check out the blog first to get an introduction to Site Unseen’s aesthetic.

Another fun thing to do is wander around Soho on Saturday evening, many of the furniture and lighting showrooms have great parties and showcase new products, many that were just shown in Milan. And if you are nearby at Astor Place, be sure and visit the new Design Pavilion.

You can download the official guide to NYCxDesign on the Metropolis Magazine website here. There are tons more things to do and see, so check in with this guide for all things design. Keep in mind that you will need to register for most events, so it’s good to do a little planning before you head out.

Additionally, we are hosting our own event this week: a party to celebrate MOVING FLOORS, our award winning flooring collection designed in collaboration with 13&9. The event features 13&9 and Innocad creative directors Martin Lesjak and Anastasia Su, with a fashion and video/sound installation that is also being shown at the Venice Architecture Biennale. It’s on Thursday May 12th, from 5:30-9:30 at 873 Broadway, Suite 401. The party is open to the trade, please RSVP here.

Other things to do while you are here:

The new Whitney Museum designed by Renzo Piano is spectacular, it’s a must-see. The Met just opened their new exhibit called Manus x Machina, it highlights couture fashion in the age of technology (we are very excited to see that show!). The Highline is also a favorite, take a stroll and get a great view of the Hudson River and lower Manhattan. While at the Highline, be sure and look at how space was delineated through different materials, it’s a feat of great design. Nearby are the Chelsea galleries, be sure and check out Gagosian (who has two spaces, both showing Richard Serra right now) and David Zwirner. If you head uptown, you can go to MAD (museum of Art and Design) to see the Studio Job exhibit, and then up to the Cooper Hewitt to see the Beauty exhibit.


There are too many great restaurants in New York City, but here are some of our favorites that are reasonable and won’t break the bank:

Chelsea Market – large indoor market with multiple restaurants of every kind, including high end Asian Fusion at Buddakan and Japanese at Morimoto. There are some fun shops here too, including Artists and Fleas market, as well as a wonderful bookstore and chocolate shop. You can just wander and pick a place to eat, or make reservations at some of the bigger/fancier places.

ABC Cocina and ABC Kitchen – Jean-Georges Vongerichten locally sourced/organic restaurants. ABC Cocina is attached to ABC Home, which is a great place to browse for home furnishings.

The Smith – farm to table pub vibe, they have a few locations around the city. Another good farm to table place is Westville, they also have several locations.

Mercer Kitchen – it’s in Soho at the Mercer Hotel. It’s quite chic and you will probably see celebrities. It’s also in the Soho shopping district so there’s a lot to see and do down there. The Prada store is around the corner, as is Dean and Deluca (a classic café/market with great coffee, pastries, and goodies).

If you are near our showroom in the Flatiron district, you can visit Eataly for some great Italian fare, but we also love Tacombi Café El Presidente, a fun Mexican restaurant that makes their own tortillas and has an amazing juice bar. Our Austrian collaborators from 13&9 love it there too.

Looking for the best coffee in NYC? It’s actually from Philadelphia, called La Columbe. They have several locations but go to the one at Lafayette Street downtown. Trust me on this one.


In Soho/Nolita: COS, & Other Stories (these are also both Midtown at Bryant Park), Creatures of Comfort, Opening Ceremony, Future Perfect, McNally Jackson Books, MoMA Store downtown (they have a HAY pop up shop!), American Two Shot, Totokaelo

In Chelsea: the newly opened downtown Barneys, Flying Tiger, ABC Home, Printed Matter, Marimekko

Meatpacking District: In Support Of, Rag & Bone, All Saints, Vitra, Comme des Garcons, The Kooples

Midtown: Dover Street market, Urban Outfitters in Herald Square, Muji

Lower East Side/East Village: Frankie, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Assembly, John Derian, Still House

Brooklyn: Mociun, Meg, Space 98, Catbird, Bird, Steven Alan and Steven Alan Home, Primary Essentials, Pinky Otto, In God We Trust