Must-Attend Events During ICFF – The Entire List

ICFF – North America’s premier showcase for contemporary design – is coming in less than a month! From May 21 to 24, more than 750 exhibitors from all over the world will display contemporary furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, and kitchen and bath for residential and commercial interiors. Until the day arrives, we let you with a panoply of design events to attend during May, in New York City.


MAY 13

Common Sense Festival

“The second Design Academy festival at A/D/O – Amalgamated Design Office – will feature a full day of talks and programming. The event will mark the kickoff to Common Sense, the second season of the Design Academy, and will feature conversations with some of the world’s foremost voices in and around the field of design, including Barber & Osgerby, Bompass & Parr, Chandler Burr, PlayLab, Inc.”
10 AM to 5 PM at 29 Norman Avenue, Brooklyn; $199

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FAD Market

“FAD Market is a roving Fashion, Art and Design pop-up marketplace with more than 40 vendors that travels seasonally to unique venues in the vibrant borough of Brooklyn. We aim to create a thoughtfully curated platform for artists, designers and members of the public to meet, interact, and together, discover the art and culture within our community.”
At 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn

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may 17

WantedDesign Brooklyn

“WantedDesign is a platform dedicated to promoting design and fostering the international creative community at large throughout the year. The May events offered a 360-degree experience with innovative installations, memorable products, pop-up stores, interactive experiences, convivial lounges, thought-provoking student workshops, engaging discourse and more. WantedDesign is an active part of NYCxDESIGN and aims to showcase New York as a dynamic and unique design destination. On Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, visitors may also tour the open studios of nearly 100 of the complex’s artist-tenants.”
At 238 36th Street, Brooklyn

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may 18

Design Pavilion

“From May 18-22, Design Pavilion™  presents a five-day cultural event, with a curated set of interactive displays bringing design and innovation directly to Times Square’s newly renovated plazas. Design Pavilion™  serves as a public center for the city’s official design weeks, with the NYCxDESIGN Information Kiosk from May 3-24, increasing awareness of the power of design and the many design events occurring around town. New to the mix, Design Pavilion debuts the Design Market NYC.”
At 45th to 47th Streets between Broadway and Seventh Avenue

may 19

Sight Unseen Offsite

“Sight Unseen OFFSITE combines works by the best and brightest independent design studios with those from established, forward-thinking brands to create a must-see destination for industry professionals and design lovers alike. In 2017, from May 19 to 23, Sight Unseen OFFSITE will continue its reputation as a top New York cultural attraction and the most important American platform for independent design — pared back to just 25 participants, the show will bring together an elevated, tightly curated edit of some of the most sophisticated brands and studios in contemporary design.”
At 100 Avenue of the Americas; $10

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Making/Breaking at the Cooper Hewitt

“A show of 45 recent contemporary acquisitions by the Coopper Hewitt Museum.”
At 2 East 91st Street; $18

may 20

WantedDesign Manhattan 

“Throughout the years, WantedDesign has become more than a tradeshow, but a hub for conversations, a gathering of international actors, and a community: brands, designers, editors, curators, design lovers and schools altogether for a celebration of the design ethos. Even more, WantedDesign has created innovative tools to facilitate business opportunities, at each level of the design chain. Multiple success stories were born there; underlining that WantedDesign has carved a new type of trade show, one that fits hand-in-hand with New York’s creative vibe.”
At 269 11th Avenue | Open to the public from May 20 to 21

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Matter Made

“The SoHo design store Matter presents its 2017 Matter Made collection.”
6 PM to 8 PM at 405 Broome Street

Snug Harbor: A Marvel of Adaptive Reuse

“A tour of one of the largest and most ambitions adaptive reuse projects in the country: Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. Your tour’s discussion will involve the history of the site, urban architectural preservation, the aesthetics of monumentalism, and a thousand and one unique design elements of our landmarked buildings.”
12 PM to 2 PM at 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building C, Staten Island

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may 21

Scandinavian-American Furniture

“Pieces by the Copenhagen-based design company Muuto, which is working for the first time with the New York-based textile company Maharam.”
At 531 West 36th Street, Second Floor

may 22

SoHo Design District Design Night

“Join us for the third annual SoHo Design District Night celebrating NYCxDESIGN on Monday, May 22 from 6 PM to 9 PM, in all participating member showrooms. We’ll toast the evening and celebrate new products released during NYCxDESIGN. Select showrooms will also remain open late on Saturday, May 20th.”

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may 23

Tech Plus Expo

“Tech+ presents cutting-edge products that range from virtual reality-aided design tools, mobile apps, and software platforms to rapid prototyping and fabrication. Come see the latest in smart building systems, advanced materials, networked sensors, and innovative products that help designers create the spaces of the future.”
8:30 AM to 6:30 PM at 639 West 46th St; $79 for professionals and $20 for students with ID;

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may 24

Lightness: The Full Spectrum – Closing Reception

Lightness in its many connotative forms engages the senses; its strength eclipses darkness, its weightlessness enables valiance. Colony invites you to a sound bath in our space, among our exhibition, to experience lightness together.
6 PM to 9 PM at 324 Canal Street, Second Floor; $5 | Limited Space | RSVP required

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We hope you enjoyed this remarkable list of events to fulfill your month’s agenda. Get inspiration for your new projects!

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