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May’s can’t-miss design events

As the weather warms up next month, design industry events are showing out in full force. Read on for BOH’s monthly calendar highlights, including conferences, trade shows, showhouses and design discussions.

The Adler On The Park Showcase House for Charity
Chicago | May 1–30
For this designer showcase, Chicago’s top interior designers have been tapped to reimagine the luxury residences at 2700 N. Lakeview—a landmark property built between 1915 and 1917 by lauded architects Henry Corwith Dangler and David Adler to house their fellow artists, architects and designers living in the city. With two of the building’s residences up for sale, the temporarily redesigned spaces will be open to the public for the month of May, with proceeds to benefit the Big Shoulders Fund and Thresholds charities. For more info, click here.

Legends 2022
Los Angeles | May 3–5
The La Cienega Design Quarter will host its annual Legends event this year, celebrating the gathering’s return with an appropriately California-centric theme: “The Golden State of Design.” Along with showcasing a variety of luxury showrooms, designer-made window vignettes, keynote panels and cocktail parties, the event will include experiential elements this year—featuring aura color readings hosted by Benjamin Moore, kitchen pop-ups and hands-on workshops attended by design editors, architects and influencers from across the country. For more info, click here.

NYCxDesign’s 10th Anniversary Festival
New York | May 10–20
Showcasing the best of New York design, this festival returns for its 10th anniversary with a lineup of both in-person and virtual events that include open studio tours, workshops, public installations, talks and more. Highlights include a Design Thinking master class series held at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a discussion about women in design hosted by Design Within Reach and a design showroom crawl led by The Architect’s Newspaper. For more info, click here.

MAU: A compelling documentary on design’s impact
New York | May 13–20
MAU, a new feature-length documentary about design legend Bruce Mau, will debut at the Angelika Film Center. Written and directed by Benji and Jono Bergmann, the film follows Mau’s creative journey, revealed through conversations with design icons such as Paola Antonelli, Bjarke Ingels, Rem Koolhaas and Bisi Williams. The showing on May 13 will be followed by a talk led by Ingels and featuring Williams, the Bergmanns and Mau himself. For more info, click here.

ICFF & WantedDesign Manhattan
New York | May 15–17
The ICFF design fair returns to the Jacob Javits Convention Center to present the newest in design from both industry stalwarts and up-and-coming makers, drawing upon more than 300 exhibitors from over 16 countries to showcase product and share ideas. Attendees can browse a selection that includes furniture, lighting, kitchen and bath, textiles, seating, wallcoverings, carpet, floor, accessories and more, or tune into keynote presentations from speakers like MoMA’s Paola Antonelli and Marcel Wanders Studio creative director Gabriele Chiave. Held at Javits in conjunction with ICFF, the WantedDesign Manhattan trade event also makes its return this year, with a slate of programming that includes Launch Pad, a platform for emerging designers to showcase prototypes of furniture, home accessories and lighting; and Look Book, which serves as an in-person portfolio for members of the A&D community. The upcoming event will also include the launch of a School Exhibit, presenting work from young design students worldwide. For more info on ICFF, click here, or for more info on WantedDesign Manhattan, click here.

Designs for Dignity
Chicago | May 19
The annual “Spirit of Design” fundraising gala from Designs for Dignity marks its return this year after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Guests will enjoy haute cuisine, craft cocktails and entertainment held at the Theater on the Lake, with proceeds to benefit the remodeling of spaces inhabited by Chicagoland nonprofit organizations. For more info, click here.

Luxury Home Design Summit
Chatham, Massachusetts | May 23–25
Returning for its third year, the Luxury Home Design Summit, hosted by New England Home and Esteem media, will take place at the Chatham Bars Inn Resort. The event features speakers from the luxury home design industry—including Andrew Davis, Nancy Harhut and Nir Bashan—with programming tailored for high-end architects, interior design principals, landscape architects and designers, builders, contractors, showroom operators and suppliers in the region. For more info, click here.

Field + Supply Spring MRKT
Kingston, New York | May 27–29
Hosted at Hutton Brickyards, the spring edition of Field + Supply’s market will be a weekend-long festival celebrating the artisanal craft community. Attendees can enjoy live music, local food and beverages and a shopping experience that features the work of more than 200 independent artisans and designers. For more info, click here.

Homepage image: Legends in 2019 | Courtesy of The La Cienega Design Quarter

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