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What to see at NYCxDesign 2016

NYCxDesign, New York’s official design event, begins on Tuesday 3 May, offering two full weeks of exciting design shows happening across the city.  Here COVER offers a guide to the best rugs and textiles that will be on display.

ICFF – Javits Center, 11th Avenue at 38th Street (14-17 May)

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair has a long list of rug companies showing in 2016. Amy Helfand returns to the event this year with a series of new designs fresh from Nepal. Warp & Weft, Orley Shabahang, Nasiri and Jan Kath always impress with new bold statements and excellent quality while Shore Rugs will be showing off the firm’s indoor outdoor designs. International names include French rug brand Serge Lesage, Now Carpets from Spain and London’s House of Hackney with their unmistakable textile and wallpaper collections. Interiors brand Eskayel are sure to have a range of stunning rugs and textiles while metallic textiles for the home will be available from LcD Textile Edition and Sophie Mallebranche.

This year, Interior Design magazine and ICFF will present the first annual NYCxDESIGN Awards. Winners will be announced on 14 May at 6pm at the Museum of Modern Art.



Kia Sar kilim, Warp & Weft


Orley shabahang

Animal Collection rug, Orley Shabahang


Jan Kath

Tabriz Canal Aerial rug, Jan Kath



Dynasty, Eskayel


Snowflake (Visualization)

Snowflake rug, Amy Helfand



Design by Shore Rugs


WantedDesign NYC – Manhattan, Terminal Stores Building, 11th Avenue – (13-16 May), Brooklyn, Industry City in Sunset Park, 220 36th St, (7-17 May)

Founded in 2011, WantedDesign has become an important part of New York’s design festival. There are two venues for the show, one in Manhattan, at the landmark Terminal Stores building on 11th Avenue in West Chelsea’s Historic District. The second location – at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn – debuted on the agenda last year and has become a fixture. The event offers installations, pop-up stores, interactive experiences, lounge space and student workshops. We are looking forward to seeing Simone Post‘s upcycled rugs made using fabric by Vlisco and the amazing rugs and weavings of Dutch designer Lizan Freijsen. Elodie Blanchard will be creating an installation at the Manhattan show while Libs Elliott will be holding quilt workshops.



Upcycled rug, Simone Post



King’s robe rug, Studio Lizan Freijsen



Quilts by Elizabeth Elliott



Elodie Blanchard


Sight Unseen OFFSITE – The Grace Building, 15th Floor, 1114 Ave of the Americas (13-16 May)

Curated by Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer of the online magazine Sight Unseen, Sight Unseen OFFSITE is a fun show full of young designers and innovative work. For 2016 boutique label Aelfie will present colourful rugs while Colombian-American artist and designer Dana Haim will be showing her beautiful flatweaves. Tantuvi is a New York-based design studio working with hand-loom textile cooperatives in India, producing womenswear and textiles. Tantuvi Home launches at SUO this year with a selection of rugs, throws and pillows. Liz Collins will show woven works and new design studio Other Kingdom will bring some some cool cushion designs to the event.


Rug by Aelfie



Flatweaves by Dana Haim


Weaving by Liz Collins



Textiles by Other Kingdom


Flatweave by Tantuvi Home


Designjunction/Dwell on Design – Art Beam, 540 W 21st St (13-15 May)

The new event on the block for NYCxDesign is the collaborative show being held by Designjunction and Dwell on Design. As a media partner with the show COVER will be distributed free during the three-day event. Exhibitors so far include Melin Tregwynt, a Welsh fabric brand that has just started producing rugs, and Anne Kyyrö Quinn, who crafts beautiful felt wall panels. They will sit alongside design brands artek, dwell and muuto. Brand names still to be announced. The event features a vast range of lectures on a variety of design subjects – from driverless cars to contemporary restaurant design.



Rug by Melin Tregwynt



Felt panel detail, Anne Kyyro Quinn

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