If there were ever any debate about New York City coming back to life, it was put to rest this past week with the kickoff of New York City’s design week. From the official events of NYCxDesign to the more casual get-togethers and launch events, across Manhattan, the design community reunited at showrooms, apartments, and museums—proof of vaccination in hand. Here are a few of the highlights, according toADeditors.
All Together Now
From its second-floor outpost on Canal (conveniently across from Roman and Williams’ new outpostGuild Gallery, which opened last week), Jean Lin’sColonyunveiledJoin, its first collective show in two years. Consisting of works across media by 12 different artists, the exhibition riffed on ideas of togetherness. For some, that meant an unusual collaboration:Bec Brittain, for instance, developed a colorful pendant light inspired by a drawing from her young son. Elsewhere, that togetherness was considered more functionally, as in a moving set of blocklike wood urns conceived for a family.Hiroko Takeda, Paolo Ferrari, Meg Callahan, and Vonnegut/Kraft also exhibited work, among others. —Lila Allen
Like Old Times
In mid-March 2020, a showroom opening forHemwas one of the first design events in New York City to be canceled out of Covid precautions. It felt only right, then, to inaugurate Design Week back within its walls. Industry pros gathered to view some of the designs unveiled during lockdown, including Faye Toogood’s Puffy lounge chair. Elsewhere in Soho,Poltrona Fraurevealed its new giftable collaboration with Acqua di Parma. Together, the Italian powerhouses have produced a chic line of Gam Fratesi–designedfragrance diffusersfor the car and home. And a few streets away in Tribeca,ADeditors paid a visit to Lee Broom’sglam penthouse, where the designer’s furniture and lighting are on artful display. —L.A.
Half a Century of Flos
After previewing it in Milan in September, Flos brought its latest anniversary line to New York this week. Its Greene Street showroom has a special display dedicated to the 50th anniversary ofParentesi、暂停灯设计的阿喀琉斯Castiglioni and Pio Manzù that will be available starting December 7 in special orange and teal colors, each selected to reflect the designers’ personal palettes of choice. —Allie Weiss