An ephemeral design gallery during NYCxDesign co-hosted by Asher Israelow Studio, Eskayel, Hart, Here Projects, and Patrick Weder Design.
Open May 16 - 23 from 11 - 7pm @ 718 Broadway, NY, NY 10003
Join us for THE opening reception May 15th from 7-10pm.
Next Level is a designer-led exhibition during NYCxDESIGN showcasing new work from some of New York’s leading contemporary designers. Inhabiting 6000 sq ft of storefront space in NoHo, Next Level is an ephemeral design gallery blurring the boundaries between art and design and, as the name suggests, raising the standards of design exhibition to the “next level.” Next Level is hosted and curated by Asher Israelow Studio, Patrick Weder Design, Hart textiles, Here Projects, and Eskayel and featuring pieces from eleven additional artists and designers including Huy Bui, Avo, and Fort Standard.
Next Level highlights the interactions and collaborations already taking place between designers in New York, seeing design as an ecosystem, not just a collection of individual egos. As co-organizer Jamie Israelow puts it: "Most of the contemporary designers in New York and the surrounding areas are friends. We share resources and material sources, suppliers, and even workspace. Why not show our work in an environment that reflects and celebrates that?"
Next Level was given the rare opportunity to use 6000 sq ft of prime retail space as an experimental gallery. Since there were no limits with the otherwise empty space, Next Level is embracing the space’s rawness and is using simple materials like cinder blocks to let the furniture speak for itself. Straying from the typical commercial showroom aesthetic, the layout highlights the way design happens in a collective environment.
Co-organizer Patrick Weder is showing surreal sculptures forged from wood and concrete. Asher Israelow and Hart textiles will be debuting a new collaborative room divider complementing Asher’s collection of brass and wood furniture and Hart’s luxurious hand-woven seating and pillows. Eskayel is debuting a new collection of silk and merino hand-knotted rugs. Here Projects, a creative resourcing platform representing radical voices and supports artists of change, is curating an array of art installations and conscious designs to be taken home.
Visitors will also encounter new works from eleven featured designers and artists. Fort Standard will be presenting a stacked stone vessel. Andrea Claire Studio has made a porcelain and brass chandelier. Artist Huy Bui is creating a site-specific plant installation for the duration of the show. Italian lighting designer Nita will be using Next Level to launch their debut collection.
In addition, pieces from Kin and Company’s newest collection, a new lounge chair and table from Token, ceramics from Philadelphia-based Felt + Fat, curated photographs from Ghost Curatorial’s inaugural collection of prints, bronze sculptures by Dorian Goldman, and an upholstered leather chair collaboration from Avo and Asher Israelow Studio will all be on display.
In addition to work from the curators and hosts, featured artists and designers will be Andrea Claire Studio, Avo, Bianco Light and Space, Dorian Goldman, Felt + Fat, Fort Standard, Ghost Curatorial, Huy Bui, Kin & Company, Nita, and Token.
Join us for an opening reception that will be held on May 15th from 7-10pm. The gallery will be open to the public May 16-23 from 11-7pm.
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