Design enthusiasts and World Cup watchers unite! New York City celebrates summer, design, and soccer this July. From Governors Island to Queens to the Hamptons, here are some great events taking place around the Big Apple this month.


NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial

Whiskey, coffee, parachute jackets, and scenting wallpaper are a testament to the diversity of artefacts at MAD Museum’s 2014 Biennial show, NYC Makers. The exhibition and programming honors the work of 100 “makers”—from Laurie Anderson to Fort Standard to Gaetano Pesce—who live and work in the five boroughs. NYC Makers presents a snapshot of the city’s creativity and cultural production, and the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the individuals behind it. Inclusivity is at the heart of the exhibition with the intent to showcase craftsmanship across a range of endeavors and include the work of behind-the-scenes makers you wouldn’t ordinarily encounter. Trust us, you’ll see New York City in a whole new light after you’ve seen this exhibit.

When: July 1 to October 12

Where: Museum of Art & Design, 2 Columbus Circle, NYC




MoMA PS1 Warm Up & “Hy-Fi”

A brick is made of fired clay, you say? Think again. “Hy-Fi”, the winning installation of MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program (YAP), is built entirely with Ecovative living bricks made from mashed corn stalks and mycelium (fungus root). You can see it for yourself at PS1’s Warm Up series of Saturday summer gigs in the PS1 courtyard. Designed by New York architecture firm, The Living, the organic structure has little waste, no energy needs, and no carbon emissions. The structure incorporates 3M Specular Film, a highly reflective film that bounces light into the interior, and is calibrated to achieve a cool microclimate, which is precisely what Warm Up needs during those hot Saturday evenings in July—a place to cool down.

When: Saturdays through September 6 from 3-9 PM; doors open at noon

Where: MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NYC




Spontaneous Interventions & World Cup on Governor’s Island

Cathy Ho of cultural consultancy Office Ho Jonot, and the former editor-in-chief of The Architect’s Newspaper, fought long and hard to bring Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good to Governors Island—and it paid off. This summer, visitors to the Island can see a condensed version of the original US Pavilion exhibition from the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, which was organized by Ho for the Institute for Urban Design. Spontaneous Interventions presents projects and people dedicated to the improvement of the public realm and the creation of new opportunities and public amenities. In this spirit, Office Ho Jonot also set up the 2014 FIFA World Cup Viewing Zone on the lawn outside the exhibit and at the Governors Beach Club. It’s the largest public screening of the tournament in the city, and joins the many other public spaces, big and small, all over the world that are showing the event. Read more in the Design-Calendar blog.

When: World Cup screenings till July 13 (Final); Spontaneous Interventions on till September 28

Where: Governors Island, NYC




Duravit + Architizer World Cup Closing Party

Speaking of the FIFA World Cup and design, Duravit and Architizer invite you to celebrate the highlights and champions from #WorldCup2014 on July 16 at their World Cup Closing Party. Along with summer fare and cocktails, there will be a trivia series to test your command of both World Cup and architecture knowledge so study up! Or not. Either way, it promises to be a fun and enlightening soirée so RSVP. While we’re on the subject of competitions, make a note of the second annual Duravit Designer Dream Bath Competition, which is currently open for entry. Architects and designers are invited to transform their own bathroom into the ideal bathroom space using products from Duravit’s 2014 collections as inspiration. First prize is a dream come true: Duravit product worth up to $15,000. You have till September 5 to your game on!

When: Wednesday, July 16, 6:00-8:00 PM

Where: Duravit NYC, 105 Madison Ave, NYC




firstLOOK at NYDC

FirstLOOK brings hundreds of designers together with exciting new ideas in contract furnishings, all in the relaxed setting at the New York Design Center. Now in its 10th year, the show celebrates a decade of commercial product introductions to New York design professionals. Over 300 new products will be introduced at this year’s event, and participating showrooms will be giving away MoMA memberships for two and Samsung Galaxy Gear Watches. Mingle with other industry experts and practitioners, see a range of new products and ideas, and enjoy wine and food in a laidback atmosphere. Don’t forget to RSVP.

When: Wednesday, July 16 from 5:00-9:30 PM

Where: New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Ave, NYC





Hamptons Designer Showhouse & Gala Preview Cocktail Party

At Traditional Home’s 14th annual Hampton Designer Showhouse, 25 top interior designers and decorative artists will unleash their creativity on the interiors of a shingle-style mansion in support of Southampton Hospital. On July 19, join Honorary Chairman Mario Buatta, who has been named “Dean of Design” by Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, and honorary design co-chairs Jamie Drake, whose past clients include Michael Bloomberg and Madonna, and Alexa Hampton, who has appeared in a number of interior magazine best-of lists, for the Gala Preview Cocktail Party. The Showhouse will run till September 1st. Visitors can hear from the designers of each room about their vision in short audio recordings as they move through the house. How delightful to get a tour by some of the most talented designers of our time, while enjoying a relaxed summer day in the Hamptons.

When: Saturday, July 19, 6:00-8:30 PM

Showhouse will be open 11AM to 5PM Daily from​ July 20 to September 1

Where: 408 Pauls Lane, Bridgehampton, NY




Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition

Designers wanted! Hansgrohe USA launches its first-ever Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition and invites American-based architects and interior designers who have built projects with Hansgrohe or Axor products to enter. The jury will be on the lookout for excellence in design, sustainability and installation. There are four categoriesResidential, Commercial, Hospitality, and Multi-Housing/High-Rise – and the winners of each will receive a VIP trip to Germany, Hansgrohe’s home base, which includes a visit to ISH, the world’s largest trade show for water and energy in building solutions in Frankfurt, and local cultural activities. Winners will be announced in October at a celebration event at the Axor NYC Design Studio in New York.

When: Entry closes September 2

Where: Entry is free and online




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