NYC x Design - Our top ten moments from New York's festival of design

06-06-2017

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Concrete jungle where dreams are made of... so the lyric goes and we are totally up for that as we head to NYC x Design to see what one of our favourite cities has to offer on the design front.

New York does indeed feel like a place where dreams happen. And for us, this year one of our dreams came true as we were invited to show our new wallpaper and textile collection in Soho Design District at Ligne Roset New York.

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And now to give you our top ten picks of the design scene in and around Manhattan.

1/ The Future Perfect

A gallery space that set the tone for our New York experience. Making design feel more like art.

The main space was given to an installation by Rooms. All sculptural metallics with a series of hot tables and chairs that felt very conceptual for most but would give any interior so serious atmosphere. An instant top pick.

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The rest of the gallery space showed the stunning glass sculptures of John Hogan. So beautiful. Is it art or design? We don't need an answer; we just want it in our lives.

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Not ones to let you leave without something extra, we are then taken to the Future Perfects' secret 'Word of mouth' space by De La Espada and Karl Zahn. And it certainly had word spreading fast with its surrealist take on glamour. Loving the blonde hair pillow. We could have stayed for hours with a cocktail in hand giving her a French plait. 

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2/ Sight Unseen Offsite

The social media giants were top of our itinerary and their show was a stunner. Their aesthetic is so strongly curated and we love their approach to colour.

Calico giving us perfect shades of blue and an installation that reacts to human touch with birdsong.

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Ceramic planters, vases and furniture by Bzippy giving us joy.

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Loving this backdrop and seating by Wallpaper projects and Twins Studio. Major impact. 

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But perhaps the strongest part of this beautifully curated show, was the 'Sight Unseen Selects' area.

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This blue geo jesmonite vase by Spadone home caught our eye.

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3/ R&Company

In the city where dollars supposedly line the pavements, R&Company have made the dream a reality with a rug made of actual dollar bills for their 'Our Flag Show'.

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We also loved seeing pieces by our on-going design crush team, the Haas Brothers, who first caught our attention a couple of years back when R&Company showcased their work on their Instagram.

But the star piece was this Polished sand-cast aluminium table by Chris Wolston

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4/ Lindsey Adelman Afterglow

Wow factor lighting. We had seen Adelman's stunning lighting work in Milan in previous years at Nilufar Gallery, but the scale of the pieces on show in her NY space was immense. Not for everyone's home (or budget for that matter - we can only dream of having the funds for these) but they are stunningly crafted pieces of interior jewellery.

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5/ ICFF at the Javitts Centre

This is the main show during the New York design festival and it did not disappoint. It had a less curated feel than we were expecting but that didn't stop it from having some total gems.

Lim & Lu - this design duo took us by surprise with a very welcome dose of colour. Loving their vibes with stunning ceramics and patterned carpets.

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New lights by the lovely, Dan Schofield for Decode, caught our eye in some great metal finishes. The Bronze finish was our fav. Very Barbican.

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SCP killed it with a more decorative offering than we would normally expect from the east London based design store. More decorative is fine with us - loving the relaxed stripes and vintage floral rug (just on the right side of wrong)

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6/ Pelle

Having specified their lights in our office design project from last year with West Elm, we simply had to pop over and see the team at Pelle Design. They were so welcoming, drying us off from the torrential rain storm we got stuck in and giving us a cup of coffee in some stunning hand crafted ceramics by Helen Levi (a designer who was also showing on the lower east side). It was a much-needed moment of calm and friendliness. And their showroom/office/workshop (it seems this is a thing in NYC to have all aspects of the business in one space) was just beautiful. So many stunning things and a general aesthetic that is so desirable.

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7/ Roll and Hill

More lighting as we begin to get the feeling that NYC is on its way to becoming the home of all that's hot in the lighting world at the moment.

We met the team at Roll and Hill on their cocktail party night. You may remember that we used their 'Major' light in our Brockley project last year and we've long been in love with this brand, so it was great to meet them in person at their cocktail night during NYC x Design.

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We particularly love their new collab with Ladies and Gentleman. On the pricey side, but isn't everything in New York? Definitely aspirational pieces, but worth making space in an interior budget for a star piece by Roll and Hill.

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8/ Dezeen Block party on Howard Street

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Our first block party, this was such a fun event and felt truly New York. With Howard Street home not only Tom Dixon, but also the incredible BDDW and our major interior design crush, Oliver Gustav, this was a night to remember.

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9/ Soho design district

The main event (as far as we are concerned at least) was our installation of wallpaper and bespoke upholstery for Ligne Roset. We were invited to show our new Forest Hill collection (designed in collaboration with Custhom) at the Soho store of Ligne Roset. It was pretty crazy and we loved every minute.

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So thrilled to be in company with the likes of Lee Broom for our first showing on the New York scene.

10/ Matter store

They grabbed our attention earlier this year in Milan and we simply had to pop over and see them while we were on their turf. We weren't disappointed. They collaborate with our fav designers, like Faye Toogood, and their store exudes style.

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'Rest Stop' installation, Canal street market. So great to see the Molo Chair by Philippe Malouin for Established and sons, given pride of place.

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There were a couple of other major highlights but we are saving those for a full blog of their own as they were crazy epic and were so 'sneak peek' that they are under embargo for a few more weeks. Rest assured we will show you more asap on that front. (As if you are sat there on tenterhooks and haven't got anything better to do, but you know what we mean ;) )

We love to share these experiences with you and would love to hear what you think, what you want more of, what stood out for you and would work in your house. Be sure to tweet us or message us on insta. x 

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