NY Design Week 2012: Noho Design District Part 1

Boy, those girls from Sight Unseen sure know how to put together a fun series of events. We had a great time walking around Noho this year. I made it a point to go this year because unfortunately last year I missed it.

London Underground
London Underground was Tom Dixon’s first satellite show in the US, which took the Bleecker Street Theatre’s basement level space (i.e., “underground”) and turned it into a showcase for his lighting. The geometric shadows thrown onto the walls from his Etch Light Web fixtures were especially mesmerizing. Besides the lighting on display, there was a pop-up shop where a selection of his lighting could be purchased. We were a little bummed not to see him on the main floor at the Javits, but this was an entirely different experience. And, once again, I didn’t get one of those safety orange messenger bags! Drats!

Bec Brittain + Fort Standard
At 22 Bond Street, the exhibition of Bec Brittain’s lighting and Fort Standard’s (Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings) furniture and lighting featured new pieces, as well as a collaborative project that was designed exclusively for this show.

We all know Areaware for their supercool and often kooky objects and they didn’t disappoint with their two-room installation. One room featured various Areaware objects with the most adorable Nickelodeon-esque stacking blocks video and, in the other, a video that introduces Harry Allen’s Bank in the Form of a Pig GLOW. And glow it did… neon green to be exact.

DMY Berlin Products
These products were handpicked to represent the most unique and diverse designs that Berlin has to offer. These are some of our favorites:

Shrank by Aylin Kayser

Cane LED Hook Lamp by Roomsafari

Rings by Zascho Petkow

The $99 Store
This pop-up shop gave the average Joe an opportunity to own a piece or two of affordable art and jewelry by Brooklyn-based Chen Chen and Kai Williams.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Noho Design District coverage… read all of our NY Design Week adventures here.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.