Luisa in Manhattan for NYCXDESIGN

June 30, 2019

Our principal Luisa Manfredini was recently in New York City for NYCXDESIGN festival an annual architecture and design festival held every year in May. New York then becomes a mecca for architects, interior designers, furniture designers, and other allied industries to come together, meet, exchange ideas, view works buildings, showrooms and galleries.

Here is a taste of some of what Luisa saw and experienced.


1st Dibs Gallery:

Shop the most beautiful things on earth

The gallery is housed in an old brick warehouse in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. On arrival, the space is vast and exploring the Gallery seems like a never ending journey of discovering beautiful spaces and nooks, filled with beautiful things, in the most elegant combination. Everything from Antique to Modernist to Eclectic to Pop to Palm Springs and beyond was contained within those walls.


Pop Gallery opening

A small Gallery on Bowery Street was filled with fun, colourful and insightful art work. Whilst the subject of pop art is generally pop culture, this gallery also had environmental themes, such as a herd of elephants and African jungle, pop style.

Woolworth Building, Downtown

The Woolworth Building is an iconic New York building, designed in Neo-Gothic style by architect Cas Gilbert in 1913 to be Frank Woolworth’s NYC headquarters. The ground floor lobby is magnificent in its decoration and detail. As part of NYCxDesign, architects CallisonRTKL’s new office on the 16th Floor was opened for a talk and tour of their office. The fitout respected the heritage features of the building, exposing the steel structure and displaying the decorative elevation doors (no longer is use)  The Design in the City team met Clayton Whitfield, Associate Vice President, and chief Interior Designer. In a departure from convention, it was decided to locate the staff lunch room in the an open space off the entry foyer, with the best views of the city. This space doubles up as a meeting point for staff, clients and venue for talks such as this.