New York Design Week is upon us! The annual celebration of furniture, lighting and interior objects is the definitive showcase for new American design with plenty of opportunities to discover emerging talent, trend hunt and drink champagne.
This year, MOLD will be debuting our first physical product at Sight Unseen OFFSITE. The Life Measured pitcher is the fruit of a year-long collaboration with the Brooklyn-based design studio Visibility. Besides coming to visit us to pre-order the Life Measured pitcher, here are 5 other food and design projects on our radar for New York Design Week. And follow us on Instagram @thisismold for a daily dose of design inspiration and live coverage of this year’s shows!
PROCESS by LAZY MOM
AC Institute, 547 West 27th Street, #210
The design duo behind LAZY MOM leverage their experience as prop stylists to subvert traditional takes on the still life. For their newest exhibition, they examine two facets of the term “process”—processed food and Process Art—to explore our relationship to packaged foods. By preserving and destroying brightly-colored food, this series of photographs examines the facade of chemically engineered permanence created by modern industry.
May 14 – June 13
Ice Cast Bronze by Steve Haulenbeek
Collective Design Fair, 550 Washington Street
Chicago-based Steven Haulenbeek has been experimenting with casting bronze in ice molds for over three years now. From sculpting ice during the deep freeze of Chicago’s long winters, Haulenbeek sculpts the shape of the object. After making a wax mold, he works with a local foundry in a process of lost wax casting crafting uniquely textured, organic and layered objects that are hand-finished. His first collection wrought from this process features a range of interior objects—mirrors, candleabras, tables and bowls. The collection debuts in its entirety as part of the Sight Unseen OFFSITE pop-up at Collective Design Fair.
John Baldessari for Maharam
Frieze Art Fair, Randall’s Island
Who wouldn’t want a Baldessari or an Ai Wei Wei on their walls? With Maharam’s newest project debuting at Frieze this weekend, the dream can now become a reality. Maharam is teaming up with Serpentine Gallery to release a collection of artist and architect-designed wallpapers from the likes of Baldessari, SANAA, Lawrence Weiner, Ai Wei Wei, Rosemarie Trockel and Toyo Ito. Utilizing advanced digital printing techniques, the wallpaper collection is printed with UV-resistant inks on a washable, latex-reinforced substrate.
The Shed by Makers & Brothers
The Standard Hotel East Village, 25 Cooper Square
Remember that time when Max Lamb made you a cocktail? The design duo Jonathan and Mark Legge, the actual brothers behind Dublin-based Makers & Brothers, are resurrecting their pop-up shop at The Standard, East Village, and celebrating by asking their friend Max to play bartender for the night. Besides retailing a range of goods, in what has become a bit of a trademark for the duo, this year’s in-store workshop features the printmaking process of Superfolk. The printmakers will be expanding on a series depicting wild botanicals such as nettle, gorse, dandelion—wild food that evolves with the seasons.
Nalata Nalata, 2 Extra Place
A jewelbox of design retail, Nalata Nalata carries a highly curated selection of every day objects crafted by a range of artisans and designers. Focusing on sharing the stories behind the products, Nalata Nalata regularly publishes studio visits and process pictures from their travels to the workshops of their purveyors. For New York Design Week, the retailer presents a special exhibition of Japanese-crafted boxes—ceramic jewelry boxes, wood business card holders, glass display cases and bento boxes.