Designing Your Fall Agenda

Five New York City Design Events You Won’t Want to Miss


Autumn in New York City means music from CMJ spilling into the streets, outrageous costumes at the Village Halloween parade, and farmers markets overflowing with upstate apples. Autumn in New York City is also the time of year when what’s new, now, and next in the world of design is on everyone’s agenda. Here are a few events you won’t want to miss.

The Family That Designs Together ...

Images via Cooper Hewitt.

National Design Week kicks off Oct. 15 with a day of hands-on designing at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum on the Upper East Side. Design lovers of all ages are welcome to attend workshops led by National Design Award winners, and many of the sessions will be geared toward younger, aspiring designers. This family-oriented theme will continue throughout the week, with events like the Teen Fashion Workshop, the Design Family Workshop, and the Target Design Kids day, led by members of the esteemed Hargreaves Associates. All of these educational events are free of charge.

The grand finale, of course, is the National Design Awards Gala. Tickets for this star-studded design event aren’t free, but all proceeds go to Cooper Hewitt’s education programming.

Oct. 15–23
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Most events are free, but do require tickets. Tickets for the National Design Awards Gala are on sale now.

Reserve your table today!

To Market, to Market

Images via DDB | Decoration and Design Building.

After one of the National Design Week events, head down to 59th Street in Midtown and check out the Fall Market at the Decoration & Design Building. This two-day celebration of design features keynote addresses from industry leaders such as Elle Decor editor-in-chief Michael Boodro, as well as the chance to view new collections from more than 70 designers.

One of the programs in particular that caught our eye is the panel discussion on the burgeoning industry of luxury and artisanal craft goods, which will be led by Traditional Home’s Tori Mellott. This panel will feature ceramic-lamp maker Christopher Spitzmiller, textile designer Babi Ahluwalia, and John Pomp, the modern master of the ancient art of Murano glassmaking.

Oct. 19–20
Decoration & Design Building
All events are free, but RSVPs are required for all keynote addresses and in-showroom programs.

Book your place today!

Mystery by Design

Just in time for Halloween, the Designers + Builders Alliance of Long Island is sponsoring a live murder mystery: Mystery by Design. Join host Rio Hamilton for an evening of intrigue at the new Stark Carpet showroom in Syosset. The cast for this whodunit includes, among other design luminaries, George Oliphant, from NBC’s George to the Rescue, and Stephen Fanuka, host of the DIY Network’s Million Dollar Contractor.

The event will poke a little fun at the design world while raising money for Kids Need More, a nonprofit that supports families of children with cancer.

Oct. 18
Stark Carpet Showroom

Get your tickets today!

The Other Armory Show

Images via The Salon Art + Design.

November brings cooler weather and an even cooler design event. The Salon Art + Design, at the historic Park Avenue Armory, in Lenox Hill, features 55 galleries of furniture, as well as decorative and fine art. What makes this show so unique is the range of work on display: furniture from Scandinavian masters, pieces from the American midcentury modern movement, and new and innovative work from today’s up-and-coming designers. Dealers and galleries from around the world will showcase their prized pieces, as well as curiosities sure to spark conversation.

The Salon Art + Design is a must for collectors and curators, but the design-loving public is also welcome to visit the 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall. Coffee, wine, and food will be served in the former Board of Officer’s room.

Nov. 10–14
Park Avenue Armory
Daily tickets are on sale now. Tickets are also available for the opening night Vernissage Party.

Get yours before they’re gone!

Evening at Tiffany’s

Images via Cooper Hewitt.

The fall design season ends where it began—the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Join Benjamin Macklowe, president of Macklowe Gallery, for an evening of exploration into the life and work of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Macklowe Gallery specializes in authentic Tiffany lamps, so there is no better authority on the geometric and floral designs, as well as innovative processes, of one of New York City’s greatest-ever craftsmen.

Nov. 16
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Tickets are on sale now, with discounted tickets available to students and seniors.

Don’t miss out!

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Remember to check the Design in Color Local Events page for more information on all design-related happenings in New York City and elsewhere in the wide world of design.