Scheduled for the middle of May each year, NYCxDesign turns the city into a walkable, exhibition-ladened activation. From retail pop-ups and concept restaurants to larger-than-life installations and gallery shows, there’s a diverse and immense group of talent on show. Big shows like WantedDesign and ICFF are always worth visiting, but here are a few smaller events worth checking out this weekend.
Design Within Reach + Entireworld’s DOME LIFE Pop-Up
Situated inside DWR‘s SoHo store, Entireworld built four geodesic domes in four different colors, packed them with DWR’s products (along with their own) and attempted to imagine “what the future was supposed to be.” The installation is entirely shoppable, though simply visiting is equally encouraged. Pamphlets at the front of the store act as a map and also list each product in each of the domes. This pop-up—which is technically Entireworld’s first-ever retail offering—opens today and runs until 27 May at 110 Greene St.
Deeper Than Text
Within the labyrinthian space at 1stdibs Gallery, an all-women show features 19 designers of vastly different styles and disciplines. Organized by the Female Design Council, the show includes stunning work like a cartoonish-yet-sophisticated Bordon velvet chair and Leelo acrylic table by Another Human (aka Leah Ring), alongside Myra Von Busekist‘s pompom tiger rug, and Kiki van Eijk‘s squiggly ceramic floor lamp. This show is open now through 31 May.
Studio INI’s “Urban Imprint”
Nassia Inglessis (founder and lead at Studio INI) conceived “Urban Imprint” as a bridge between the fluidity of nature and rigidity of human-made structures. Crafted from rubber and concrete, the floor and ceiling of the installation move with those within—thanks to 400 cables behind. The skin-like structure is waterjet-cut to resemble honeycomb, and the overall experience of walking inside the kinetic installation is quite fascinating—making you the architect of your own surroundings. On show at A/D/O by MINI in Brooklyn, the installation opens today and is on show through September.
Herman Miller: A Way of Living Book Launch and Exhibition Opening
Officially opening 19 May, Herman Miller‘s NYC flagship welcomes an exhibition to coincide with the launch of their new monograph, Herman Miller: A Way of Living. The company’s corporate archivist, Amy Auscherman, explains the installation as “hundreds of items from our own archive—a lot of graphic design posters, ephemera, catalogs and artifacts that are all being installed.” For fans of the company and design enthusiasts alike, there will be never-before-seen images and items alongside plenty more. “It’s kind of like the book in real-life in a way,” she continues. The flagship store is located at 251 Park Avenue South and the exhibition runs through the summer.
magCulture’s Pop-Up Inside Vitsœ
Arguably the internet’s most unabashed admirer of independent print magazines, magCulture brings 100+ international offerings from their inventory to Vitsœ’s space in Greenwich Village. From Cereal and OH-SO-CO to Victory Journal and Apartamento, there are so many wonderful options to flip through (and purchase). Whether you sit in the quiet, sunny space and flip through a couple or pick a few to take with you to read in a coffee shop nearby (Stumptown is across the street), this pop-up is a worthy pit stop for between activations. magCulture will occupy the space, 17 West 8th Street, until 1 June.