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The 2013 Noho Design District highlights, New York

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Possibly New York Design Week’s most exciting incubator for new ideas and talent, the Noho Design District run concurrent with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and NYCxDESIGN and filled New York’s Noho neighbourhood with exhibitions, product launches, events, parties, and creative collaborations.

This year, the locus of activity shifted to an exciting new spot: SubCulture, a brand new events space at 45 Bleecker, where 12 up-and-coming designers exhibited as part of Noho Next. The Standard East Village hosted the latest group exhibition by The American Design Club – Trophy – and the second edition of our Modern Craft exhibition infiltrated the Merchant’s House Museum.

Here’s a pick of some designs that stood out for us:

American Design Club

The AmDC returned to Noho with its 9th group showcase, Trophy: Awards We Live With. “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.” Featuring designs by Christopher Specce, Craighton Berman, Grain, Ladies & Gentlemen, Meg Callahan, Misha Kahn, Taylor McKenzie-Veal and more.

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Noho Next

The NDD’s 4th annual emerging talent showcase featured the work of 12 American designers selected by Sight Unseen: Assembly, Atelier de Troupe, Brian Persico, Caitlin Mociun + Genesis Balenger, Eric Trine, Erich Ginder, Jason Rens, Karl Zahn, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Misha Kahn + Chris Wolston, Pat Kim, and Souda.

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Modern Craft at the Merchant’s House Museum

Built in 1832, the Merchant’s House is New York City’s only family home preserved intact from the 19th century. For the second edition of Modern Craft, designers Meg Callahan, Doug Johnston, ROLU, Andrew O. Hughes, Eric Timothy Carlson, Aaron Anderson, Fort Makers, and Dana Barnes infiltrated the house’s time-capsule interior with a beautiful juxtaposition of contemporary objects.

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Lindsey Adelman

On the occasion of New York Design Week, designer Lindsey Adelman opened the doors of her brand-new Noho showroom. The appointment only showrrom opened to the public for four days during the Noho Design District. Stop by to see the studio’s new lighting (like the Spike Chandelier above) and relax with a glass of Champagne, which will be flowing continuously.

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Model Citizens

The 2013 edition of Model Citizens NYC was a two-part presentation: a curated selection of furniture, lighting, and accessories from 20+ designers, plus the launch of a new virtual gallery featuring works from around the globe that can only be seen online. Designers include Haptic Lab, Brooklyn; Bruno Petronzi, Italy; and X+Q Art, China.

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Here & There by Field and Various Projects

Field and Various Projects presented an array of artists and designers that were invited to create objects on the theme of travel, including Timothee Colmant, Daniel Gafner, Colgate Searle, Jonah Takagi, Okolo, Hannah Waldron, Katrin Greiling, The Good Flock, Studio Gorm, the thing, and more. Field’s own line of well-crafted design objects were on display.

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Commune for Environment

Environment launched a new furniture collection by the Los Angeles-based firm Commune. Called the Cleat Series, the furniture range included crates, chairs, a dining table, coffee table, and daybed, all in warm woods and metals.

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Back Alley Sessions

Fourth Arts Block, along with curator Keith Schweitzer, presented an exhibit celebrating the role of Extra Place — an alleyway off of the Bowery — in the development of experimental music and culture. Artists were invited to look at both historic and fictional performances through The Antagonist Art Movement’s ground mural and Swissted, artist Mike Joyce’s re-imagined performance announcements were hanging in the windows of L’Apicio.

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Images courtesy of Mark Iantosca

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Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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June 14, 2013 | Design Fairs | View comments

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