Live Design & Art May 2018


Located in a converted warehouse in the ever-trendy Greenpoint neighborhood,A/D/O is a chic 23,000 square foot creative space (and design academy) that pushes the boundaries of design in every way. On May 13, A/D/O is hosting their second design festival entitled Common Sense. The day-long event will “examine the role of design in forming identity and constructing shared experience, and will feature panel talks, discussions, and the unveiling of an immersive exhibition by New York-based design studio PlayLab, Inc.” The line-up includes talks by Jay Osgerby, Harry Parr, and Chandler Burr, among others.

When: May 13, 9:00-5:30pm

Where: A/D/O, 29 Norman Ave.

WantedDesign NYC

Wanted Design NYC is one of the most dynamic showcases for design in the city. Beginning May 17, the events offer “a 360-degree experience with innovative installations, memorable products, pop-up stores, interactive experiences, convivial lounges, thought-provoking student workshops, engaging discourse and more.” Their impressive program and line-up of exhibitors is sure to be a memorable experience for design lovers.



ICFF is “North America’s platform for global design” and one of NYC’s largest design shows of the year. The showcase features 750 international exhibitors and runs over the course of four days at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The International Contemporary Furniture Fair will host a series of talks, panel discussions, and feature some of the world’s best homewares, lighting, and of course, furniture.

When: May 24 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (11th Ave. at 38th St.)

Sight Unseen Offsite

Beginning May 19, Sight Unseen OFFSITE returns this year with a hyper-curated list of 25 presenters to “bring together … some of the most sophisticated brands and studios in contemporary design,” says their website. Exhibitors include Calico Wallpaper, Erich Ginder, Jean-Pascal Gauthier, Norway x New York, Jonathan Gonzalez + Deon Rubi, and more. Sight Unseen will showcase design events and showcasings in 12 participating restaurants and stores for their new series “Sight Unseen Presents.”

When: May 19-22

Where: 100 Avenue of the Americas


Design Pavilion NYC/ NYC Design Talks

Technically the NYC Design Talks began at the start of the month, but the dialogue is still going strong. Throughout the month of May, NYC Design Talks will host a community-based talk series to the public that encourages sharing thoughts on design “enhancement and improvement of our future.” Located in the heart of Manhattan (obviously Times Square) and presented by IBM, the culturally conscious program


When: Various

Where: Design Pavillion, Times Square


Tech+ explores the necessary intersection of design and technology in the form of a day-long conference. Tech+ will showcase new products and designs by some of the world’s leading tech companies, including Graphisoft, Humanscale, IrisVR, NYC Media Lab, and more.

When: May 23

Where: Metropolitan West (639 W 46th St.)



WantedDesign Manhattan

When: May 20-23

Where: Terminal Stores (269 11th Ave., New York NY 10011)

WantedDesign Brooklyn

When: May 17-23

Where: Industry City (238 36th St., Brooklyn NY 11232)


Dance Party by A/D/O

After you get your fill of new ideas at Common Sense, mark your calendar for A/D/O’s dance party on May 19. Labeled “A Night For The Senses” the performance/party is sure to be filled with designers, thought-leaders, artists, and creatives from all over the five boroughs.

When: May 19, 9 p.m.

Where: A/D/O, 29 Norman Ave, Brooklyn NY 11222

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