At New York Design Week 2013, Part II: Noho Next

In our fourth year of producing the Noho Design District, we’ve learned a few things. Namely that while industrial, disused spaces have loads of charm, they also run the risk of leaking when those May showers hit. After two years of emergency sandbagging and climbing onto roofs in our galoshes, we decided it was time to go legit. So when we heard last fall that 45 Bleecker Street — which played host to Tom Dixon’s labyrinthine underground exhibition in 2012 — was about to undergo a gut renovation, to be reborn as a music events space called SubCulture, we knew we wanted in.

We decided early on that the space would be filled with up-and-coming talents for our Noho Next exhibition, which in the past has proved a bellwether for design stardom, featuring the likes of Jonah Takagi, ROLU, Fort Standard, Iacoli & McAllister, and Brendan Ravenhill. We have a feeling this year’s edition will prove no different. From Eric Trine, whose amazing, candy-colored work we found on Instagram (!), to RISD grad Misha Kahn, who we’ve been touting as the next Gaetano Pesce to anyone who will listen, to Seattle’s Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, who turn out the most consistently beautiful work of any emerging studio we know, this was our biggest and strongest showing yet.

(Special thanks goes to our sponsor Jawbone who helped the whole thing come together and provided a soundtrack to our four days in the Bleecker Street bunker. A dedicated post coming to that awesomeness next week!)

Photos by Mark Iantosca