This Week Proved It—in New York City, Design Is Back

From showroom openings to designer talks, here’s the best of whatADeditors saw this week across the city
furniture showroom with tapestries on walls and tables and chairs on display
TheJoinexhibition at Colony. Photo: David Mitchell

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

The Airound room diffuser from Poltrona Frau and Acqua di Parma.

Photo: Irina Boersma

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

The Emblem Paris showroom in New York City.

Photo: Stefano Pasqualetti

À la Française

Good news for francophiles missing their fix:Emblem Paris, a collective of French heritage brands (Maison Taillardat, Maison Craman-Lagarde, Manufacture des Émaux de Longwy 1798, and Vernaz & Filles), has opened its first New York City showroom on Spring Street. Visitors to the space are sure to catch an eyeful, not only from the chic displays of accessories and furnishings—which include designs fromIndia MahdaviandPierre Gonalons, among others—but from the luscious, pattern-rich showroom itself. Its designer,Anne Pericchi Draeger, took inspiration from the Parisianjardin particulier, and has fittingly decked out the space with botanical motifs, from the banana-leaf carpet to the treillage-covered Zuber wallpaper. —L.A.

Design for Good

Charitable organization DIFFA has partnered up with Bloomingdale’s on a festive activation for the season that debuted during NYCxDesign. Twelve designers, including Nate Berkus, Stephanie Goto, and Elaine Griffin, set up tabletop vignettes on the fourth floor of the department store’s 59th Street flagship in Manhattan for Holidays by Design. An online auction of the tables, which are on view through December 12, is running concurrently onCharitybuzz. —A.W.

Alexis Tingey, Virginia Gordon, and Maxwell Taylor-Milner’s winning designs.

Photo: David Mitchell
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The Next Big Thing

DeMuro Das使得其在设计的世界eautifully crafted furnishings, which often incorporate unusual, hard-to-come-by materials. Now, they are opening up their production facilities to the next wave of design talent, thanks to a competition held with the department of furniture design at RISD. Conceiving two designs apiece—one made in class by the student, and the other made at DeMuro Das’s facility in India—the students proposed globally-inspired works under the guidance of Colony’s Jean Lin and RISD associate professor Patty Johnson. The winning designs, by Alexis Tingey, Virginia Gordon, and Maxwell Taylor-Milner, are on display at the DeMuro Das showroom in the Flatiron District through January 1. —L.A.

Matter Sizes Up

Matter, the New York City design institution helmed byJamie Gray, unveiled its new Matter Loft space upstairs from its storefront on Broome Street. Helping to inaugurate the space was the artistLaila Gohar, who devised an interactive food installation complete with artfully arranged cauliflower florets, generous logs of mozzarella, and a rainbow assortment of boiled eggs. When it came to the gallery’s specialty—furniture and lighting—the space offered up inspiration aplenty with its launch of Matter Made MMXXII, with new designs by Matter newcomer Jamie Wolfond, Ana Kraš,Faye Toogood, and Gray himself. We’ll raise a boiled egg to that. —L.A.


Not long ago, New York’s Javits Center served as the site of a field hospital, and later, mass vaccinations. With the return of NYCxDesign this fall, the expo center resumed its normal programming, playing host to simultaneous fairs BDNY, ICFF, and Wanted Design. AD PRO editor Lila Allen served on an editor jury, which determined best-of-show winners in outdoor design, accessories, and other categories. Highlights included Brooklyn designerBowen Liu’s wood-and-mango-leather furniture, Ornare’s sophisticated display of Brazilian casework, andArmadillo’snew Declare-labeled collection of rugs with House of Grey.Opiarytook home the award for Best in Show for its plant-integrating, outdoor-ready designs. —L.A.

Palais des Glaces.

Photo: Arseni Khamzin

Lights Out at Lambert & Fils

Perhaps it seems counterintuitive that Montreal-based lighting brandLambert & Filswould celebrate Design Week entirely by candlelight. But the firm’s latest project, Palais des Glaces—a collaboration with fellow Montreal studioAtelier Zébulon Perron—is meant to bring people together in mysterious ways. One year after Lambert & Fils opened its Tribeca showroom, the storefront space is filled with sculptural candelabras, a metal, scaffolding-like structure, and a slew of mirrors to create a strange, moody environment for people to reencounter one another after time apart. “The idea is to alter spatial perceptions,” Perron says. —Hannah Martin

Soho Home’s New Showroom

On Thursday morning, AD PRO’s editor Lila Allen stopped by the opening of Soho Home Studio in the city’s Meatpacking District. A showroom concept, the outpost offers a rotating curation of products and artworks fromSoho Housemembers in addition to pieces from the company’s own line. But, unlike the showrooms of years past, this one is meant to be put to use: The public is invited in to take casual meetings over coffees or juices, and road test the goods inside, no membership needed. —L.A.

Le Tapis Nomade, designed by Atelier de Troupe for CC-Tapis.

Photo: Mattia Greghi

CC-Tapis Taps Atelier de Troupe

In their petite Soho showroom,Atelier de Troupe, the LA-based studio best known for poetic light fixtures, debuted its first-ever rug design—Le Tapis Nomade—a collaboration with Milanese brandCC-Tapisthat was designed in Los Angeles, produced in Nepal, and debuted in New York. Inspired by the nomadic, carpet-making Berber people as well as the art direction of Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1975 filmThe Passenger, de Troupe founder Gabriel Abraham was inspired by that thing we’ve all been aching for: travel. To debut the new design, he filmed the hand-knotted cotton and Himalayan wool rug (along with some of his other designs) in Milan’s Three Cylinder House (Casa a tre cilindri), an iconic example of mid-20th-century architecture built by Angelo Mangiarotti and Bruno Morassutti, which has, no doubt, influenced Abraham’s rug design. —H.M.

AnADHome, Revisited

Dan Rubinstein, Eva Chen, and Heide Hendricks in conversation at B&B Italia.

Photo: Ali Martillotta

On Thursday night at the B&B Italia showroom on Madison Avenue, design writer Dan Rubinstein sat down for a conversation with Heide Hendricks, interior designer at Hendricks Churchill, and style expert Eva Chen. Together, the three discussed the tide shift in interiors resulting from lifestyle changes of the pandemic, as well as Hendricks Churchill’s stylish shaping of Chen’sfamily home在Connecticut (as seen inAD’s September issue). Chen and Hendricks shared a few of their sourcing secrets (includingTappan Collective,1stDibs, and estate sales advertised onFacebook Marketplace), laughed about the woes of shipping and installing oversized art, and offered insights on the growing need for flexible spaces in the home. —L.A.