Ten Great Ways to Celebrate National Design Week

Are you in New York? How fast can you get here? While National Design Week is being celebrated from sea to shining sea, there are so many design-related events taking place within a few miles of UnBeige HQ that we decided to compile a to-do list for the Gotham-proximal among you:

  • This evening, National Design Award winners including Amory Lovins (Design Mind), Laurene Boym (Product Design), and Calvin Tsao (Interior Design) will participate in a panel discussion about their sources of inspiration and the state of contemporary design in America. The free event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 at the New York Times Center (register here). Not in New York? Watch the webcast.
  • In the mood for a walk? Join UnBeige editor emeritus Alissa Walker for her “week of walks,” six different urban adventures in celebration of her new book, City Walks Architecture: New York (Chronicle Books). Tonight’s walk will begin and end at Jen Bekman Gallery and include a book party. Come early to mix, mingle, and view “A Square,” the New York City debut exhibition of photographer Hosang Park. There will be gelato.
  • Leave work early tomorrow to catch one (or both) of the Cooper-Hewitt’s free screenings of Objectified, director Gary Hustwit‘s journey into the world of industrial design. The feature-length documentary about humanity’s complex relationship with manufactured objects made us seriously consider founding a cult dedicated to the worship of Dieter Rams. Register here for the 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. screenings.
  • On Wednesday evening, Brooklyn’s powerHouse Arena welcomes Warren Berger, author of the new book Glimmer: How Design Can Transform Your Life and Maybe Even the World (Penguin), in conversation with Kevin Grady, design director of Crispin Porter Bogusky. This book about the power of design thinking will be even more fun to read if it’s signed.
  • Make your way to the Art Directors Club for the ADC Young Guns 7 open bar party and exhibition opening, where 50 creatives from 14 countries age 30 and under will be presented with ADC Young Guns Cubes. Who will win the ADC Young Guns Moleskine Grants? How many Young Guns can fit in the photo booth at once? Find out tomorrow evening.

  • Fashion fans can head to the Rizzoli bookstore, where Pamela Golbin (curator at the Museé des Arts Décoratifs in Paris) will be signing copies of her new coffee table tome about Madeleine Vionnet, patron saint of the bias cut, on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
  • What’s happening next in fashion? Find out from designer Isaac Mizrahi, the Washington Post‘s Robin Givhan, and designer/moppet Ashley Olsen, who will join Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive tomorrow evening for “The Future of Women’s Fashion,” a panel discussion at the 92nd Street Y.
  • Thursday is the big show: the Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design Awards gala at Cipriani 42nd Street. In addition to the presentation of those coveted asterisk-shaped trophies, the proceedings will reveal the winner of the People’s Design Award—you have until 6:00 p.m. tonight to cast your vote.
  • Meanwhile, uptown, the Jewish Museum hosts “The Rite Stuff: Design and Modern Observance,” a Thursday evening discussion about the role of design in modern life. The all-star panel—including designer Jonathan Adler, artist Allan Wexler, curator Dorothy Twining Globus, and moderator Julie Lasky, editor of Change Observer—will consider how rites connected with birth, marriage, death, and seasonal celebrations have changed in light of contemporary attitudes toward community, family, and the environment.
  • Want another Thursday evening option? Run (with scissors) over to the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), for an evening of dicussion about cut paper art. Co-hosted by our friends at Print magazine, the event will feature artists Rob Carter, Andrea Dezsö, and Mark Fox in conversation with MAD chief curator David Revere McFadden and writer Claire Lui.


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