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Join Us for the 2013 Show!

There’s still an obnoxious chill in the air in New York City, but as the trees start to cautiously bloom and we begin the lurch towards spring, you know it’s that time again — we’re excited to give you a sneak preview of our fourth annual Noho Design District, which we’ve curated and produced in partnership with Noho-Bowery Stakeholders. Running from Friday, May 17 through Monday, May 20, it’s set to once again be New York Design Week’s most exciting incubator for new ideas and talent.

This year, the locus of activity shifts to an exciting new spot: SubCulture, a brand new events space at 45 Bleecker, where 12 up-and-coming designers will exhibit as part of Noho Next (including Misha Kahn, whose table is pictured above). The Standard East Village will host the latest group exhibition by The American Design Club — Trophy — and the second edition of our Modern Craft exhibition will infiltrate the Merchant’s House Museum. Cool Hunting will help us celebrate the launch of the NDD with a special one-night exhibition of new work by Fort Standard for 1882 Ltd. at the Bowery Hotel, where we’ll also be offering a series of master classes hosted by local designers including Chen Chen and Kai Williams and Fredericks & Mae. There will be a photography exhibition at Plantworks, a domino launch and tournament by The Principals at Billy Reid, an exhibition of travel-related designs hosted by the new design brand Field at Various Projects, and more.

As in years past, the Noho Design District will also encompass retail stores in the neighborhood including The Future Perfect, Environment, CHCM, BondToo, and more. We hope you’ll join us! Here’s a glimpse at some of the events and exhibitions we’ve lined up, with more coming soon at nohodesigndistrict.com/events.
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Noho Next 2013
At the new SubCulture events space at 45 Bleecker Street, the Noho Design District is pleased to present its fourth annual emerging talent showcase: Noho Next, featuring the work of 12 up-and-coming American designers selected by Sight Unseen editors and NDD curators Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer. The show will include furniture, lighting, and objects by Assembly, Brian Persico, Caitlin Mociun + Genesis Balenger, Eric Trine, Erich Ginder, Jason Rens, Karl Zahn, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio (pictured above), Matt Paweski + Gabriel Abraham, Misha Kahn, Pat Kim, and Souda, plus a special tea tasting with Tea Wing and Pat Kim on Saturday afternoon.
SubCulture, 45 Bleecker Street. Fri–Mon, 12PM–7PM
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The American Design Club Presents: Trophy
This year, the American Design Club returns to Noho with its ninth group showcase, entitled Trophy: Awards We Live With. The group’s organizers explain: “A trophy is a memento, token, or symbol, used to commemorate an achievement or victory. Whether they are awarded, stolen, or created, trophy objects can come in many forms.” Designers were invited to create trophy objects — either manufactured or found — that were deeply personal yet still accessible to the general public.
Underground at The Standard, East Village Hotel, 25 Cooper Square. Fri–Mon, 12PM–7PM
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Modern Craft II at the Merchant’s House Museum
Built in 1832, the Merchant’s House is New York City’s only family home preserved intact, inside and out, from the 19th century. During the NDD, a group of designers working with modern craft techniques — including Doug JohnstonAndrew O. Hughes, Meg Callahan, Eric Timothy Carlson, Aaron Anderson, Fort Makers, and ROLU (pictured) — will infiltrate the house’s time-capsule interior with a beautiful juxtaposition of contemporary objects.
Merchant’s House Museum, 29 E. 4th St. Fri & Sat, 12PM-7PM; Sun & Mon, 12PM-5PM
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The Future Perfect Presents: Spring
The Future Perfect welcomes Spring with new work from Pinch, SCP, Heath Ceramics, Piet Hein Eek, Hilda Hellström and more. London-based Pinch will populate a large portion of store, showcasing the range of the line while Heath Ceramics has created an installation celebrating their iconic work along with special designer collaborations and in-house developments from the past 10 years. Brooklyn designer Bec Brittain’s Axial lamp will be on show as well as a new sofa system by Terrence Woodgate for SCP. Piet Hein Eek launches a new credenza and tables, and London designer Hilda Hellström will presents her Sedimentation Series (pictured above). Also on display will be work from Alma Allen, Golran Rugs, Matthew Hilton, Roll & Hill, RS Ceramics, StudioIlse, Mary Wallis, and others.
55 Great Jones. Fri–Mon, 10PM–7PM; Sun 11AM-7PM
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And… Sight Unseen at Collective .1
Collective .1 is an exciting new high-end design fair launching this year on New York’s Pier 57 and taking place May 8 to 11, concurrent with the Frieze Art Fair. On May 8 at 5PM, Sight Unseen will host a panel discussion with Misha Kahn, Ian Collings of Fort Standard, and Alex Mustonen of Snarkitecture (whose table is pictured above) on the topic of what the design landscape will look like in the next 10 years. Please come join us, and be sure to check out Collective .1 if you’re in town the week before ICFF! Participating galleries include Volume, Grey Area, Cristina Grajales, R20th Century, Mondo Cane, and more.
Pier 57, New York. May 8 to 11, hours vary