published in: Design, Interiors, Graphics, Art By Costas Voyatzis, 23 May 2013

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Cover of Yatzer's BEST OF NYDW2013 designed by Costas Voyatzis,  featuring the new GUEST created by the outstanding American Artist Gary Baseman for Lladró,  the ''Seascape-Winter'' wallpaper by Abigail Edwards and the Guggenheim Museum Architectural Sculpture by Chisel & Mouse.
Soundtrack: Instrumental
Lana Del Rey's ''Young and Beautiful'' produced by Jonathan Gardner.

During her 'Smith College Commencement Speech' on 19th May 2013, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington quoted Archimedes in her address to her audience: ''Give me a place to stand, and I shall move the world.'' Now, although my name may be Costas and not Archimedes, I too can say that I managed to move the digital world whilst standing – well actually sitting - in front of my iMac screen over the course of the last few days. And the quest I hear you ask? To search for anything written on twitter, received in my mailbox, shared on instagram or posted on thousands of Facebook profiles related to this year's New York Design Week. The event officially came to an end not only with the closing of the 25th four-day (18-21 May, 2013) annual ICFF / International Contemporary Furniture Fair 2013 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center but also with the ending of the 12-day (10-21 May, 2013) inaugural citywide event NYCxDESIGN which aimed to celebrate New York City’s diverse design scene.
Between the 10th and 21st May 2013, the Big Apple was hit by a design storm which spread far and wide from the Meatpacking district to Tribeca, all the way to the former home of the Ladies’ Mile shopping district to DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). Falling just a month after the world famous Milan Design Week in Italy, the NY Design Week, despite the fact that it does fall victim to a few repeat performances from the world of well-known European design brands, is nevertheless, a great place to see new discoveries from the Americas and limited editions that are created exclusively for the U.S. market, up close.

The landmarked districts bordered by Broadway and the Bowery, Houston Street and Cooper Square which once featured old factories and warehouses with cast-iron facades not only brought back memories of the gritty and vibrant arts scene of the 1960s and ’70s but now set the scene for the array of handmade and one-of-a-kind objects by artists and designers carefully selected and curated by Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer of Sight Unseen as part of a four-day design festival entitled 'NOHO Design District' which has grown from strength since its inauguration in 2010.

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Crest Bottle Openers by Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings of Fort Standart.

Solo chair and Tray desk designed by Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu for Neri&Hu. These products are two out of seven in total which form the product line ‘Neri&Hu' and they are manufactured by the leading Portuguese woodworker De La Espada. Photo © Derryck Menere.

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The former infamous Tunnel nightclub located at 220 Twelfth Avenue, in Chelsea in the Terminal Warehouse Company Central Stores Building which closed its doors late in 2001, constituted the venue for the third iteration of WantedDesign, a four-day event and exhibition founded by Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat back in 2011. In the space of two years, participating designers’ numbers have doubled. Attendees now dance along to the new,  amazing 'rhythm of design' whilst discovering designs from Latin America, not to mention other treats from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Here highlights included the Matrice crystal collection of lighting fixtures by Kiki van Eijk for French crystal manufacturer Saint-Louis, Debra FolzRadial Stools and the amazing 'EXPRESS YOURSELF: ART OF BLENDING' exhibition presented by Raison Pure NYC, an exercise in translation and re-definition, driven by five personal takes on the traditional Russian ritual of tea drinking.

While scrolling down this page you will discover my personal favourite projects, products, artworks and exhibitions from NYDW 2013 which I have managed to collect without actually attending the show in the flesh. So please don't judge me and let me apologise in advance if you find work from already established, talented artists and designers that I hadn’t come across before. A few of the selections that you will discover include: The 'Vivere alla Ponti' [Living Ponti-style] exhibition presented by Molteni&C and Dada at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura New York, the new GUESTS created by the outstanding American Artist Gary Baseman for Lladró, the product line ‘Neri&Hu' designed by Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu and manufactured by De La Espada, the stunning HIGHWIRE lighting fixtures by Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson of APPARATUS studio, the uniquely handcrafted CARNIVAL and BUTTERFLY backgammon boards from Alexandra Llewellyn, the 'Off the Grid' exhibition at Gallery R’Pure featuring new pieces from Brooklyn based but French born François Chambard and New York based Frederick McSwain, the Guggenheim Museum Architectural Sculpture by Chisel & Mouse, the TRAVEL show by Field and Various Projects, the FLUFF & WAFFLE series from textile designer Hiroko Takeda, the ''Wonder Cabinets of Europe'' project by Maria Jeglinska & Livia Lauber (where I saw my face in Matylda Krzykowski's Drawn Interviews' cabinet), and last but not least, the MatterMade collection from contemporary design shop and manufacturer 'Matter'.

The Future looks like it will indeed be perfect if your name is David Alhadeff. The founder of 'The Future Perfect' stores has been successfully expanding his retail empire from Brooklyn in 2003 to Downtown NY store in 2009, to the recent store opening on the West Coast in San Francisco and his design selections were on display all over New York city as part of several events. However, if your last name isn’t Alhadeff and you are a talented designer based in the U.S. or any other country, don’t miss the chance to participate in next year's NYDW and possibly be discovered through any possible means – preferably my next year’s real-life attendance of NYDW 2014. Till then, enjoy the endless scroll down of my discoveries.

Two new GUESTS created by the outstanding American Artist Gary Baseman were launched during NYDW 2013. This ongoing project of the Spanish artistic porcelain brand Lladró invites cutting-edge international artists to create a distinctive personality for an original porcelain character conceived by Jaime Hayon for Lladró Atelier. Photo © Lladró, Laura Ganem.

''Wonder Cabinets of Europe'', a project by Maria Jeglinska & Livia Lauber included participating designers such as Pauline Deltour, Oscar Diaz, Maria Jeglinska, Matylda Krzykowski, Kueng Caputo, Loris&Livia, Jonah Takagi and Harry Thaler. Photo © Jeremy Liebman.

Molteni&C and Dada present 'Vivere alla Ponti' [Living Ponti-style]. The event designed to promote a new collection of furnishings designed by Gio Ponti in the United States is staged in two phases: a presentation of the Gio Ponti collection in the Molteni&C Dada Flagship Store on Greene Street, Manhattan and an exhibition at New York’s Istituto Italiano di Cultura which will be on view till the 2nd of June 2013. Photo credits: Casa in via Dezza, Ponti e famiglia, © Gio Ponti Archives and a special edition armchair originally designed by Gio Ponti in 1953.
(Click here for an in-depth review of the exhibition on Yatzer)

Helix Collection of occasional tables designed by Chris Hardy for Design Within Reach.

CLOUD chandelier and HIGHWIRE lighting fixtures by Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson from  APPARATUS studio.

Wood Light by 13&9.

Unique handcrafted CARNIVAL and BUTTERFLY backgammon boards by Alexandra Llewellyn. (Bespoke Global).

Abscissa tables by Joe Doucet studio.

''Seascape-Winter'' wallpaper by Abigail Edwards.

BIOPHILIA Collection by Ross Lovegrove for VONDOM.

New York graphic designer and artist Milton Glaser is one of the most influential creators of our time and, as an important design figure in the 1970s, one of personal significance to Nani Marquina, who embarked on her own design career in that period. During NYDW 2013 her Barcelona-based rug and textile company nanimarquina introduced its collaboration with the legendary artist: Milton Glaser Collection.  ''This rug collection came about as a result of an accidental encounter between Shakespeare, Africa, and Nani Marquina,” explains Glaser. ''I believe that ultimately all things are connected and that the role of the artist is to discover the inevitable relationship between everything.''

45 Light by TJ O'KEEFE. A scultptural, multipurpose lighting object comprised of 1/4 inch square stock and thin strip LED's, which can be hung and arranged in infinite ways. It comes in two sizes.

Scrapwood dining table and chair by Piet Hein Eek and Linden Chandelier by Charles de Lisle at The Future Perfect. (Photo inside the new Future Perfect store in San Francisco, © The Future Perfect).

''In Your Eyes'' by Axel Yberg is a one-of-a-kind piece made of stained & oiled metasequoia, reclaimed copper pipe & fittings, part of the Akke Functional Art collection. Check out some ''affordable'' pieces at Akke780.

The Rivet table lamp by David Irwin for Juniper Design.


To honor the 50th anniversary of the Hans J.Wegner Shell Chair, Carl Hansen & Son has partnered with textile company Maharam to reveal these striking chairs, each upholstered in a different textile designed by Alexander Girard, Sarah Morris, and Hella Jongerius and built using unique wood color combinations.

The ''EXPRESS YOURSELF: ART OF BLENDING'' exhibition presented by Raison Pure NYC at Wanted Design 2013, an exercise in translation and re-definition, driven by five personal takes on the traditional Russian ritual of tea drinking. Photo credit: from top to bottom, left to right: Customized samovar and podstakanniks (glass holders) included: PERSONALItea by Harry Chong, ROYALtea by Celia Rossi, GRAFFItea by Loren Kulesus, GUILtea by Erik Strom and BUBBLEtea by Will Kang.

Peninsula Chair by Benjamin Klebba (Phloem Studio) and Matt Pierce.

 Matrice crystal collection of lighting fixtures by Kiki van Eijk for Saint-Louis, France. Photo © Christophe Urbain, Saint-Louis.

Catherine armchair by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance for Bernhardt Design.

Arbor Jewellery stand by Zoë Mowat.

The LIONESS linen fabric from Beacon Hill's Midnight Garden print collection.

The Shining Armor wallpaper series by Stefan Hengst.

After 80, 100, 10 and 180 here comes the Benedetto 50 solid oak table treated with natural oil. Designed Michele De Lucchi with Davide Angeli for Produzione Privata.

Gallery R’Pure presents the ''Off the Grid'' exhibition featuring new pieces from Brooklyn based, French born François Chambard and New York based Frederick McSwain. The installation includes Elodie Blanchard's hand-knotted textile wall ''Urban Camouflage”. (The exhibition runs through June 6th, 2013.) Photo © Francis Dzikowski/ Esto.

Following Dieter Rams granting Vitsœ the exclusive worldwide license to his original furniture designs, Vitsœ has comprehensively re-engineered Rams’s 620 Chair Program which is already sold worldwide direct through Vitsœ from May 9, 2013.

Chair 23 and Armchair 26 by Alvar Aalto and Side Table 606 by Aino Aalto 1930-32 for Artek.

''Vaso membrana'' by Jacqueline Terpins.

Academy chair by Bellboy.

GIS console by Christophe Delcourt for AVENUE ROAD.

Reintroduction of the Rocking chair by Geoffrey D. Harcourt for Artifort. Original designed in 1967.

AC1 Loudspeaker system by OMA / Oswalds Mill Audio.

The Confetti Glass Pendant by Avram Rusu Studio features hand blown glass discs in a variety of color palettes with a choice of Brass or Stainless Steel accents.

Gypse Cabinet by Jallu Ebénistes. Photo © Anais Wulf. (Bespoke Global).

Parabola Chair / Chrome-plated Steel designed by Carlo Aiello.

CROWN vase by Lambert Rainville arranges rigid stem flowers in a free-standing and decorative structure.

Stella Triangle by Roll & Hill.

Semanier by RU Edition at the 21st Twenty First Gallery during the Collective.1 Design Fair (8-11 May 2013).

Memento Juniori (Bugs) by Alexander Blank at the Ornamentum Gallery during the Collective.1 Design Fair (8-11 May 2013). Photo credit: Mirei Takeuchi.

Quarter Lounge by Johnny Swing (edition of 10) made of welded $ quarters and stainless steel at the Sebastian+Barquet Gallery during the Collective.1 Design Fair (8-11 May 2013). { The second image is a detail from ''All the King's Men'' piece made of welded JFK half dollars & stainless steel}.

Seven Stacked Benches (after shelves) by ROLU at the Mondo Cane Gallery during the Collective.1 Design Fair (8-11 May 2013).

Submariner dimmable backlit table lamp by Neil Conley.

Tabriz rug from the Erased Heritage series by Jan-Kath.

Standard Ware by Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings of Fort Standart for 1882.

Sedimentation Urn by Hilda Hellstrom.

Daydreams mirror (Iceland Triptych) by Jason Miller.

Seasonal Collection by Heath Ceramics, photo © Jeffery Cross.

Blow by Lindsey Adelman. A cloud like form is created by inverting the staves of a traditional French wine barrel chandelier design.

100% cotton HARRAH dye Quilt by Meg Callahan for the MatterMade collection.

Guggenheim Museum Architectural Sculpture by Chisel & Mouse.

'Life Tree' and 'Tiger' murals from the Catalina Estrada collection from Coordonné.

Triptych of Glass ceiling fixture by Esther Patterson of Curiousa & Curiousa. Photo © Chris Webb.

handmade woven blankets by D. BRYANT ARCHIE.

A line of upholstered chairs creating soft surfaces with hard materials by Annie Evelyn of New Colony Furniture.

'A Trip to the Moon' by Daniel Gafner, part of the TRAVEL show by Field and Various Projects. Each object is driven by a unique narrative and perspective that documents how and why people travel. Contributors include: Timothee Colmant, Daniel Gafner, Colgate Searle, Jonah Takagi, Okolo, Hannah Waldron, Katrin Greiling, The Good Flock, Studio Gorm.

Endless Process furniture series by Dirk Vander Kooij.

Tendon Concept Stool by David Okum. (Let's help David to find a manufacturer!)

Alden Side Board by Eastvold Furniture.

The Woodrum Chandelier by Roman & Williams for the MatterMade collection.

The Tattoo chair by Graham and Doug van der Pas, aka The Cookie Bros.

A single 100+ year old oak slab atop a solid NC walnut cantilever base makes for the coffee table by Elijah Leed Studio.

Frankie lighting fixtures by Tim Wigmore and Rebecca Asquith of Designtree.

''Willow Tree'' Hand-Tufted rug by Wendy Morrison (100% wool).

SPIN stool by Daphne Zuilhof, part of the Negative Space exhibition by designers from the Konstfack University College of Arts.

BERG clothes rack by Arash Eskafi, part of the Negative Space exhibition by designers from the Konstfack University College of Arts.

MITOSIS side tables I+II by Gemma Lord, part of the Negative Space exhibition by designers from the Konstfack University College of Arts.

Fog Dome by Abyu Lighting. Double acrylic dome filled with white feathers.

The FLUFF & WAFFLE series from textile designer Hiroko Takeda.

Leaf folding chair by Folditure.

X3 copper watering can by Paul Loebach for Kontextür.

Pier outdoor furniture series by Harbour Outdoor.

MESH furniture series by Horgan Becket

The Macaw parrot from the DAZZLE collection by Lladró Atelier.

BOXER modular cabinet by Studio MatterMade for the MatterMade collection.

Windsor Setee, an extension of the iconic Windsor Chair designed by Christopher Specce for the MatterMade collection.

Harlequin fabric designed by Studio OeO and WAVE fabric, both produced by HOSOO.

Accretion sculpture made of walnut, colored copper wire and LED by Kalin Asenov.

Hackney Empire Luxury wallpaper and fabrics by the House Of Hackney.

London design hub '19 Greek Street' presented ‘Ricreare: Life After Catwalk’, a unique collaboration between Danish designer Nina Tolstrup and fashion brand Marc by Marc Jacobs, featuring a range of limited edition pieces upholstered using fabrics from previous Marc by Marc Jacobs’ collections.

11 Piece Frame Cluster made of copper by Iacoli & McAllister.

TILES hand tufted rug by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Kasthall.

CAPTURE lighting fixture by Michael Anastassiades for J. & L. LOBMEYR.

Dish Table by Chelsea Green and James Minola from Grain design studio.

Tip Of The Tongue by Michael Anastassiades.

The WW bench by Janosi Designs.

Tabletop Hi-fi speaker and Modern Record Console by Symbol Audio.

Ships & Sails wallpaper by Loboloup.

Bunad Blankets (Bunadspledd) by Andreas Engesvik for Mandal Veveri.

Limited edition ‘Aura’ wind chimes by Dylan Davis & Jean Lee of Ladies & Gentlemen Studio in collaboration with artist Nicholas Nyland.

The ‘'Mirage'’ collection’s tables and shelving employs mirrored glass and angles to create optical effects that challenge traditional ideas of display as function. Designed by Dylan Davis & Jean Lee from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio.

Radial Stools by Debra Folz.

Stackable Hyde Candlesticks by Pete Oyler of Assembly Design.

Lucy chairs and trophy heads by Gaurav Nanda of Bend.

White Tailed Deer Porcelain Gold Teeth by Christine Facella of Beetle & Flor.

Hanging Pot from the debut Materiality collection from Cooperativa Panorámica.

NODO console by Pentágono Estudio's Photos. Development & Production: Manuel Serrania & Pentágono Estudio // Photography: Sicklorama & Adrenorama.

Dresser and coffee table with gold leaf and silk screened enameled graphics by Dylan Egon for reGeneration.

Branch Sconce Large Gold by Theo Richardson, Charles Brill, and Alexander Williams, aka Rich Brilliant Willing.

Corliss Chair by Asher Dunn of Studio Dunn.

NEON MOBILE lighting fixture by Mary Wallis.

Wall-Mounted Sculpture and furniture pieces made of copper tubes by TJ Volonis.

Table by Katrina Vonnegut and Brian Kraft of Vonnegut/Kraft.

'Bobs Your Uncle' bench by Why Not Bespoke.

Outpost’ floor lamp by Erich Ginder which features a rotating geometric fabric shade, on a cast iron base.

Orbit 40 Bulb lighting fixture by Patrick Townsend.



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    samuel machell | 2013-05-25 19:37:53

    wow some fantastic work on show, great to see such a variety of contemporary design talent.

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    Gwyneth Jones | 2013-05-28 01:02:15

    Brilliant round up! Thanks...

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    Lara Nash | 2013-06-06 15:34:08

    It's the best place where I found best of new york week stuffs. This time I missed it , but next I will definitely visit such shows.

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    spiros | 2013-10-19 12:31:23

    One of the best articles. The best music combination with the best photos. I have almost cried. Thank you!

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    Ana avila | 2015-01-25 00:40:40

    Just extraordinary,unique,beautifil

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    Reni | 2015-02-01 06:33:23

    Thanks for the ethereal experience of journeying through these artistic gifts.

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    Choco | 2015-05-13 11:07:19

    Very Beautiful pictures, full of innovations.

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