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Asher's New York Design Week Must-See List

Posted by Asher Rodriquez-Dunn on

After showing at ICFF for 8 consecutive years, I thought we’d take a year off. (And boy, is it ever nice!) It’s ok, dry those tears. My team and I will be walking the show and popping in here and there all around NYC. If you run into us, please stop us to say hello!

This year we’ll be releasing new work starting in the summer rather than the spring. But since now is the time of year that we usually release new product, we didn’t want to let you down! I’ve pulled together some sneak peeks of standout work from our Rhode Island and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) alumni peers, which I’m excited to see in person during NYC Design Week.

Debra Folz exhibiting her new Ribbon Collection at ICFF Booth #763. The collection is inspired by her interest in the translation of textile languages and soft surfaces through furniture forms, which led to the development of a unique hardware and storage collection. Inspired by ribbons and communicated through hand cast solid bronze hardware and solid ash wood construction, each ribbon is fastened to the inside of the drawer front and designed to come through and gracefully fall down the front, serving as the pull for a drawer/door. Custom sizes, finishes, & case types available. Console and dresser will be at ICFF!

Caroline Kable exhibiting as a finalist of the Rado Star Prize at Wanted Design this year, and some of the same series will be included in her display at Wanted Design Launch Pad.  The series is called Argillite, which is the type of stone used.  Supported by steel rods drilled into the stone, the work is both sculptural as well as functional.  The pieces function as seating and perching devices as an exploration beyond conventional postures of repose.

Toronto-based, MSDS Studio, releases a bar stool through Good Thing to follow the success of their 6063 Stool release last May. The studio is dedicated to material exploration, resourcefulness, and commitment to client needs. This and other new works from Good Thing will be on display at The Penthouse at The Standard in the East Village, Thursday, May 17th through Friday, May 18th.

As part of New York design week, Grain will present a new piece in Balance / Unbalanced at Colony along with 16 other American design studios. This show represents their first official design week as members of the Colony cooperative showroom where you can now find Grain represented year-round. Colony is located at 324 Canal Street, 2nd Floor, NYC and the show runs May 17 – 24. Grain is also participating in Sight Unseen OFFSITE with a new rug on view at Lauren Synder's stunning Manhattan store, The Primary Essentials. 

Ben & Aja Blanc will present new work at the flagship store of 3.1 Phillip Lim as part of Sight Unseen OFFSITE and NYCxDesign. Aesthetic function in relation to human form, material, and texture is explored in the release of their new collection of furniture. Shearling, oak, and mirror are the primary materials highlighting the inherent beauty of these juxtaposed materials. The exhibition will pay homage to the proportions of Donald Judd and the surrealism of Meret Oppenheim – asking what would a conversation between us, Donald Judd and Meret Oppenheim look like? The work in this collection - a chair, coffee table, side table and vessels - are the dialogue.

For NYCxDesign Week 2018, female-owned-&-led design studio Egg Collective presents Designing Women II: Masters, Mavericks, & Mavens. Co-curated with Lora Appleton, the founder of kinder MODERN and The Female Design Council, the second iteration of the acclaimed exhibition will be a dialogue across time and space, featuring international work from both contemporary and historical voices. Designing Women II will feature a broad array of women working in different scales and in various mediums including furniture, ceramics, textile, jewelry, and lighting. May 10th through Jun 1st at Egg Collective’s NYC showroom.

MJ Tyson’s show is called The Last Objects and is on view at Brooklyn Metal Works, 640 Dean Street, Brooklyn. All material carries a past. Whether we acknowledge this lineage or not, it exists. It may be to our advantage — as a way of orienting ourselves in our world — to consider the cycles of creation and destruction intrinsic to the objects that surround us. The Last Objects contains two main bodies of work from the past two years, Homes and InheritanceInheritance focuses on the life of jewelry beyond the body, where it is often a physical marker of abstract ideas, such as lineage, legacy, and favor. Homes is a series of vessels made from objects left behind by the deceased residents of one home, and is named for the address of that home. These vessels are consolidations that memorialize the last lives of objects and the human lives that brought them together. May 5th through June 29th (Mon-Thurs 10am – 9pm, Fri 10am – 7pm, Sat & Sun 11am – 7pm)

Vonnegut/Kraft collaborated with Slow and Steady Wins the Race to create on Dépaysement, a collection of furniture upholstered in fabrics the designers created using Weft, a new tool that offers users the ability to design jacquard fabrics online and order them on demand. Through the exploration of woven structures, they decided that the best way to expose the compositional layers of the weave was to upholster the pieces using the front and the back side of upholstery fabric in a sort of mirrored display. They want to show just how much variation can be accomplished through subtle changes in color, the size of the repeat, and utilizing the side of the fabric that isn't typically shown. The collection consists of two benches, two ottomans and one screen being shown at Sight Unseen OFFSITE, 201 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10012, May 17-20. Photo by Pippa Drummond.

This is just a small selection of so much Rhode Island and RISD alumni work that will be showing during NYCxDesign – for more visit risdxnyc.com. RISD launched this site a few years ago and has been updating it annually as a guide for alumni to sync up and stay plugged into what other alumni in the field are up to.

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