New York Design Week shows prove this millennial trend isn’t going anywhere

It’s springtime in New York City, which for us means it’s time for NYCxDesign, the 10-day festival showcasing the latest in interior design. Gallery openings, cocktail parties, press previews, a massive trade show – you can always count on a new discovery just around the corner.

But because there is so many events, our team had to divide and conquer. Here’s each editor’s most memorable observation, two of which are a furniture trend we just can’t get out of our system: the bar cart. And yet they feel as fresh as can be.

Ask a Friend, Sophie Lou Jacobsen


Sophie Lou Jacobsen’s pieces are always recognizable by their fun colors and playful shapes, but this design week her doodles are a little different. Exhibited in the new Assembly Line boutique, the eight-piece collection of collector-worthy vases celebrates the imperfections of the glassblowing process in contrasting hues and scales. They are striking enough to stand on their own, but the addition of a statuesque branch or cut wildflowers would bring absolute perfection. —Naomi de Mananastyling director

Offset, Sabine Marcelis


New York Design Week shows prove this millennial trend isn't going anywhere
Courtesy of Mortlach by Design

Mesmerizing doesn’t begin to describe the experience of interacting with the latest masterpiece from design extraordinaire Sabine Marcelis: an almost holographic double-layered glass bar cart titled Shift. As part of the Mortlach by Design program, the piece was inspired by the duality of transparency and opacity, as well as the deep golden hue of whisky. Just when I thought the bar cart trend was too millennial. —Kate Berrycontent manager

Industrialism, dimensioned


New York Design Week shows prove this millennial trend isn't going anywhere
Photograph by Clemens Kois

I remember getting so much FOMO when Sized, the Los Angeles-based gallery and curated platform, opened its first exhibition a year ago. But luckily for us New Yorkers, founder Alexander May took things east for Design Week with the group show Industrialism in the West Village. An earthy composite table by Faye Toogood, a pair of lacquered wood and latticed chairs by Paul Ludick, and even a completely handmade vintage Lamborghini are on display for art lovers to ogle (or buy, if you have the money). chance). —Julia Stevensstyle editor

Sight unseen x Best case


New York Design Week shows prove this millennial trend isn't going anywhere
Photograph by Sean Davidson

When I heard that In sight unseen, the design magazine run by multi-hyphenates Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer, unveiled its first line of furniture in collaboration with bespoke metal maker Bestcase, I Didn’t Walk, I Ran, under the rain, to see it in person. The duo commissioned four international designers to create five works in different metals, and the results will have you wondering why you didn’t already have a shiny metal mirror from Home Studios in your bedroom. Glass, milky resin and welcoming sheepskin also play a role in Thevoz-Choquet’s Frame Tables; Brut Bar Cart by Studio Anansi; and Charles Constantine’s Magna chair. The best of all? The entire collection is purchasable. —Samantha Weiss-Hillsassociate trade editor

Danny Kaplan x In common with


New York Design Week shows prove this millennial trend isn't going anywhere
Courtesy of In Common With

As part of their ongoing collaboration, Brooklyn-based lighting masterminds Danny Kaplan and In Common With present ceramic lighting straight out of my future dream home. The minimalist yet warm collection features new earth-toned glazes (hello, lapis!), as well as the brand’s first-ever mirror. I consider these pieces more like functional sculptures than lamps. I mean, take a look at the streamlined Luca wall light, made with relief sculpting techniques that “bring to light the unique expressive tactility of clay”. —Linda Denaham, director of photography

Melting, Adorno Studios


New York Design Week shows prove this millennial trend isn't going anywhere
Photography by Aleko Syntelis

Weird and wonderful silhouettes come together in an aptly named exhibit, Melt, where the eye-catching designs make them feel, uh, alive. Abstract and captivating interpretations of everyday objects line the room, such as a sawtooth furniture system by Bjarke Ballisager and a side table with two lamp heads by Nicholas Devlin. And just when I thought I had enough vases in my arsenal, Genie, a mouth-blown vase by Studio Poa, called me in as the icing on the show cake.Sutter Necklacebusiness writer

Blacks in Design: Spotlight One


New York Design Week shows prove this millennial trend isn't going anywhere
Kelly Marshall

Sometimes I work from the lobby of the Ace Hotel Brooklyn, and now I have some serious eye candy to accompany me thanks to Black Folks in Design: Spotlight One, an exhibition featuring the works of Garth Roberts, Kyle Scott Lee, Lisa Hunt, Luam Maleke, Studio Anansi and Studio & Projects. My favorite is the hanging tapestry by Little Wing Lee adorned with what I thought were flowers, but it’s actually a profile view of cut okra. You can check it out for yourself until June 29. —Julie VadnalAssociate Editor

Reclaim, Cheyenne Concepcion


New York Design Week shows prove this millennial trend isn't going anywhere
Anna Frumenti

If WantedDesign’s Launch Pad is ICFF’s debutante ball, Filipino American designer Cheyenne Concepcion is this year’s belle. Not only is his debut Reclaim collection a visual delight, it highlights a buried history of the iconic Peacock Chair (a fictionalized design with roots in Bilibid prison work). The narrative is led by four elegantly hand-woven pieces of rattan and bent steel, including a smoked bronze mirror framed with strands of cane and an hourglass-shaped throne-like lounge chair. In concept and appearance, Reclaim is a nod to femininity, strength and the forgotten history of a new designer that I won’t soon forget. —Raven McMillaneditorial assistant

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