designjunction + Dwell on Design opens tomorrow with keynote speaker Bob Gill

designjunction + Dwell on Design opens tomorrow (May 13–15, 2016) with an exciting display of cutting-edge design and captivating conversations.

Taking place within the ArtBeam venue in New York’s Chelsea arts district, the event marks the first partnership for designjunction and Dwell on Design during NYCxDESIGN.

The exhibition space will feature more than 20 contemporary design brands including Artek, Artcoustic, Buster + Punch, Dyke & Dean, Iota, Muuto, Haberdashery, Cuero Design, AARA, Nicolas Buforn, Quadrant, Bokara Rug Company, Designarium, Electric Objects, Stufff Concept Store and Melin Tregwynt.

Talks programme

designjunction + Dwell on Design offers a specially curated talks programme developed by Dwell editor-in-chief and EVP content, Amanda Dameron. The programme features a host of highly regarded industry professionals including leading architects, designers, creative directors and curators on panels that include opportunities for CEUs (Continuing Education Units) credits. This year’s theme is ‘Exploring the built environment in the modern world.’

On Friday, May 13, renowned illustrator, graphic designer and author Bob Gill – who has influenced modern typography, design and graphics for more than 60 years – will headline the talks programme. Other key speakers include: Dorothy Cosonas, creative director of KnollTextiles, and Tim deFiebre, furniture designer and former assistant to Ward Bennett, who will discuss their experiences as stewards of modern design legacies; and Kinder Baumgardner, president of SWA Group, who will share his vision on the potential impact of driverless cars.

On Saturday, May 14, architect Matthias Hollwich and Mikael Ydholm, head of research at IKEA, will discuss how architects and designers are using human-centered research to identify and address today’s emerging problems. Rosanne Somerson, president of Rhode Island School of Design, will discuss the productive merits of boredom in an age of social media and how it affects our lives. Saturday will end with a talk on how architecture can engage with the public through design, where Oana Stanescu, cofounder of Family, will join Will Prince of PARC Office to introduce us to the new and imaginative ways in which architects and designers are creating works for the public user.

Sunday, May 15 will begin with a talk on the topic of online commerce with Bradford Shellhammer of eBay, Maria Molland Selby of Splacer, and Teddy Fong of Capsule discussing how digital platforms can engage with users and bridge the gap with a brick-and-mortar presence. Nina Stritzler-Levine, curator and director of the Bard Graduate Center Gallery, will discuss the work of Alvar Aalto’s wife, Aino Marsio-Aalto, bringing it to the forefront of public attention. Sunday’s programme will finish with Caroline Baumanndirector of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and landscape designerMargie Ruddick discussing landscape as an important discipline and aspect of design, as well as a national museum’s civic responsibility to preserving green space.

For the full programme please follow this link: https://ny.dwellondesign.com/Attendee/Conference/Sessions

Exhibitor highlights

Lighting design specialists Haberdashery will be showing ‘Leaf’ in the US for the first time. ‘Leaf’ is a beautiful sculptural lighting product system made from delicate leaf-shaped bone china elements.

British design brand Dyke & Dean, which fuses old school quality with a contemporary twist, will debut its new Slip Enamel range of enamelware at the show, whilst showcasing its new lighting ranges. AARA, which designs and manufactures beautiful contemporary furniture and lighting, will show products from designers including Alexander Mueller, Catherine Aitken, Daniel Schofield, Ester Comunello and Suliman Innab.

London based design label Buster + Punch will exhibit its rock and roll inspired collections, with influences taken from the London fashion, music and sub-culture scenes where the brand collaborates with street artists, bike builders, musicians and fashion designers to inject attitude into its crafted products.

New to designjunction + Dwell on Design, Canadian brand Designarium will launch its new Exocet chair, a new system of multifunctional furniture built using only one slat shape.

Cardiff-based Melin Tregwynt has been weaving woollen cloth on the Welsh coast since 1912, and the weaver will showcase blankets, throws, cushions, bedspreads and upholstery at the event.

Showing for the first time in the US, Cuero Design combines Italian leather with Swedish steel to create beautiful interior design with a connection to nature. New products that will launch at the show are the Pampa Mariposa, a leather Butterfly Chair, and Iceland Mariposa, a sheepskin Butterfly Chair made of Icelandic lambskin, as well as the Abrazo chair and Sierra tables.

Argentinia-born and US-based Nicolas Buforn will exhibit his new pieces including the Frac dining and lounge chair, Danny sofa and Rift coffee table, while Bokara Rug Company, who has specialized in handmade rugs for over four decades, will be showing a new range of contemporary rugs. Another company specialising in textiles is IOTA; it creates designs that include floor and bed coverings, hammocks, poufs, curtains and seating, all created using crochet elements that follow the traditions of northern Europe.

Digital art platform Electric Objects will launch EO1, the first digital frame allowing you to customise the art on the wall, while Stufff Concept Store, a platform for distribution and promotion of innovate Croatian design, will present new collections including the ILI-ILI mix and match pendant lights, Walligami wall planters, Envelope low stool and Monolit chest of drawers.

In addition to the talks programme, designjunction + Dwell on Design will provide a community hub for design and architecture. WeWork, the archetypal co-working space, will bring a pop-up workspace to the ArtBeam venue with free wi-fi and furniture provided byMuuto. The show’s café area will also be furnished by Vitra and Artek, with a free espresso – served by coffee sponsor illy – for every visitor.

designjunction + Dwell on Design runs May 13-15, 2016 at ArtBeam, New York. For more information, please visit thedesignjunction.co.uk/new-york, ny.dwellondesign.com

Essential Information

designjunction + Dwell on Design
Friday May 13, 11am – 6pm
Saturday May 14, 11am – 6pm
Sunday May 15, 10am – 4pm