What's New, What's Next!

New York Design Center

Wednesday, September 14  •  wnwn.nydc.com

New York’s most anticipated design event of the season returns September 14th with What's New, What's Next! at the New York Design Center. The annual event, now in its 14th year, draws the top designers, editors and tastemakers in the city. This year the event includes 70 programs featuring panels, conversations, book signings, open houses and more, including 95 showrooms with special programming open for visitors in the building.

The New York Design Center houses nearly 100 showrooms representing more than 500 lines of premier, traditional, contemporary, residential and contract furniture. In addition you can also find the industry’s finest fabric, floor covering, lighting, wall covering, kitchen and bath and decorative accessory resources — making 200 Lex New York’s marketplace providing imaginative solutions to any design challenge. The New York Design Center is hosting the 14th annual What’s New, What’s Next showcase of new ideas, design, materials and products, Wednesday, September 14, 2022.

The main draw are the in-person events and open houses. Among the highlights this year is a conversation to celebrate the opening with Martina Mondadori and Marian McEvoy, two design publishing legends. Mondadori, the founder of Cabana Magazine, and McEvoy, the founding editor of US Elle Décor will discuss how the past informs the present and the future of design in the 21st century. 

Among other notable events is “The Future in Sustainable Design” in which Elle Décor Editor-in-Chief Asad Syrkett will be discussing with interior designers Heide Hendricks and Laura Hodges as well as Sutherland Creative Director Eugeni Quitllet a pressing issue — How design can promote a more sustainable future for the planet. A few of the topics include how designers can incorporate eco-friendly products into their projects and what it means for a designer to reduce their carbon footprint.

Open houses are also a big part of the program and on top of the list of events is “Artists of the New York Academy of Art” at Guy Regal NYC. Open all day Wednesday, this open house features cutting edge artists from the New York Academy of Art. If that is not your speed, visit Calger Lighting’s showroom to see Vibia’s new Flat Collection designed by Ichiro Iwasaki.

SA BAXTER is launching “Project Ready,” a 5-Collection line for those who want lower cost, shorter lead-time hardware, but all nonetheless produced using the brand’s now signature lost wax casting technique. Part of this is “The Bernoulli Suite” by founder Scott Baxter, drawing inspiration from classic, functional industrial shapes. 

For those living out of town or New Yorkers feeling the need to continue to limit social contact, there is always the option of some virtual events including “Cocktails & Conversations” with Kristen Rivoli and Bruce Fox, in which two of this year’s more than 150 WNWN Ambassadors discuss everything that inspires them from food and design to fashion.

Check out the website at wnwn.nydc.com for a full list of programming making up this important and popular showcase of new ideas, design, materials and products.