Art & Design Shows NYC 2022

The Smart List is a monthly list of multi-media recommendations on everything design, curated by Interwoven Design. In this issue, discover the art and design shows that Rebeccah and our team have enjoyed the most this month. Coming up: artists capture the turbulent nature of the last two years with a dynamic exhibit for the Whitney Biennial, The Shed hosts a wide range of art and performance experiences for the summer, and the best designs of 2022 are featured at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.

Smart List: Art & Design Shows NYC 2022
The Smart List: Art & Design Shows NYC 2022

Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as It’s Kept

April 6 – September 5, 2022

The 2022 Whitney Biennial is designed to reflect the uncertain and disruptive nature of recent years. The pandemic, uprisings for racial justice, a presidential election, and polarizing events both national and international influence the art on display. This art is dynamic, incorporating animation, performance, and spatial shifts in the gallery itself to reflect the turbulent times.

Frieze New York: The Shed

May 18 – 22, 2022

The Shed is a contemporary art fair in the Frieze New York, an innovative art and performance space on Manhattan’s west side that was developed to transcend the barriers between various art forms and the audience. They collaborate with community organizations and partners to create transformational experiences. Take advantage of their Open Call performances to see new and emerging artists display their work or enjoy the work of featured DJ’s in their Summer Sway dance events on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the summer.

International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Javits Center

May 15 – 17, 2022

At ICFF’s 2022 convention over 375 design brands showcase dozens of product categories, including furniture, seating, lighting, flooring and rugs, kitchen, bath, and more. The ICFF is the leading venue for contemporary furniture design and a must-see trade event, presenting innovative product launches for commercial, residential, and hospitality environments. Expect a lot of walking to cover the entire convention.

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NYC Murals & Graffiti

The Smart List is a monthly list of multi-media recommendations on everything design, curated by Interwoven Design. At Interwoven we always have our eyes open for unexpected design moments as we make our way around New York City. Here are some of our favorite spots to appreciate public art. Take a tour of some of the best graffiti and street art in NYC, with featured work ranging from Harlem to Chinatown.

Crack is Wack by Keith Haring

East Harlem E. 128th St. and Harlem River Drive

Throughout his career as a street artist in the 1980s Haring dedicated time to public works, many of which held social messages. Crack is Wack is a mural inspired by the effects of the crack epidemic on New York City. Though it was originally unsanctioned it was later placed under the jurisdiction of the city.

Monkey Bar, Hotel Elysee

60 E. 54th St.

Monkey Bar opened inside the Hotel Elysee in the late 1930s. It was originally a classic piano bar but was christened ‘Monkey Bar’ in the 50s when caricaturist Charlie Wala hand painted murals of monkeys on all of the walls. The impressive history of the bar includes such regulars as Babe Ruth, Ava Gardner, and Tennessee Williams.

Hammer Boy by Banksy

Broadway & W. 79th St.

British street artist Banksy is known for his graffiti street art all over the world. He incorporates everyday objects in the streetscape into his compositions, creating playful and provocative vignettes. Hammer Boy is an ideal example of this technique, the silhouette of a young child swings a sledgehammer at the fire hydrant installed in the street.

Graffiti Hall of Fame

East Harlem 1587 Madison Ave.

Harlem community leader Ray “Sting Ray” Rodriguez established the walls of the Jackie Robinson Educational Complex’s schoolyard as the Graffiti Hall of Fame, home to outstanding street art for more than 30 years.  The motto of the schoolyard is “Strictly Kings or Better,” and the pieces on display are of the highest quality.

Bushwick Collective

Bushwick St. Nicholas Ave.

The Bushwick Collective is a graffiti and street art project created by artists from all over the world. They are especially known for their annual block party in August, at which thousands come together for food, dancing, and incredible street art.

Rice Terraces by Dasic Fernandez

Doyer St.

Rice Terraces is a vibrant work of street art that is actually on the streets themselves, brightening Chinatown Manhattan’s Open Street and encouraging community engagement. The colorful layers are inspired by Chinese rice cultivation terraces, bringing a classic element of the Chinese landscape into the urban environment.

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Lunar New Year 2022

The Smart List is a monthly list of multi-media recommendations on everything design, curated by Interwoven Design. We love to experience diversity in food, art, and culture, and the Lunar New Year is a wonderful opportunity to do this all across New York. In this issue, discover our favorite ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year in NYC. Learn about the symbolism of the tiger throughout art history at the Met, enjoy the food and festivity of the Chinatown parade, and much more.

Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Tiger at the Met

January 29, 2022

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger at the Lunar New Year Festival hosted by the Met. The family programming is free with admission to the museum. Featured activities include a tour of depictions of tigers in the Met’s collection, story time for young children, and a discussion of ceremonial robes.

Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown NYC

February 6th, 2022

Head to Chinatown in Manhattan to check out the annual Lunar New Year Parade for amazing visuals, delicious treats, and mesmerizing cultural performances. This party features all sorts of vendors, food, and festivities for all ages to welcome the Year of the Pig.

The New York Philharmonic Lunar Concert

February 6th, 2022

The New York Philharmonic will celebrate the Lunar New Year and welcome in the Year of the Tiger with a special event for the 2022 season. The orchestra will be joined by violinist Stella Chen for pieces from Bizet’s Carmen and Ma Sicong’s Nostalgia. Earl Lee will conduct fan favorites including Li Huanzhi’s Spring Festival Overture.

Visit the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) “redefines the American narrative one story at a time.” The museum has been collecting and documenting Chinese American history since the early 1980s. Honored as one of America’s Cultural Treasures, the museum aims to show American history through a critical lens and to inspire visitors from all backgrounds to connect the past and the present, the global and the local, and more.

Enjoy some dumplings!

The dumpling has a rich cultural history that dates back to ancient China. The traditional dumpling is a symbol of a better year ahead, and eating them on Lunar New Year represents wealth and abundance. A wide variety of flavors is symbolic of the value of working and staying together.

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The Gift Guide 2021

The Smart List is a monthly list of multi-media recommendations on everything design, curated by Interwoven Design. As a group of aesthetically obsessed designers, there are a lot of beautiful products and objects we love and enjoy. These products make our daily lives special and inviting and we want to share them with you. This issue is a holiday gift guide for the design savvy people on your list. Discover high quality candles, environmentally conscious skin and haircare, and handcrafted ceramics with individuality and style.

The Smart List: The Gift Guide 2021

1. Smelly Candle

Boy Smells Candles: Slow Burn or Rhubarb Smoke

A collaboration with artist Kacey Musgraves, Slow Burn is “glowing and dark — incense, black pepper, and guaiac wood take center stage with whiffs of embers in the distance.” Rhubarb Smoke features notes of white birch, ivy and fig blended with rhubarb and violet.

Boy Smells candles are beautiful tools for self-care, developed to be “beyond the gender binary.” The colorful metallic tumbler they come in make these especially appropriate for the holidays.

2. Natural Skin Care

Hudson Made

Hudson Made is an environmentally conscious skincare brand that aims to respect the environment by avoiding synthetic compounds and chemicals in favor of flowers, minerals and essential oils. They source materials and packaging locally in the Catskills and from carbon-neutral facilities where possible. They partner with local farms to build sustainable relationships in the industry and preserve natural resources, making their products a beautiful gift for those are environmentally aware.

Captain Blankenship

Captain Blankenship is a plant-based hair care brand that strives to protect and care for the environment in their manufacturing, which means streamlining ingredients and product selection, using conscious packaging, and developing partnerships that help to restore natural resources in the production process. You can’t go wrong with this small but powerful catalog of thoughtful products.

Alder New York

Alder New York offers clean, vegan skincare and haircare for all. A queer and women-owned independent business, they take pride in being an inclusive brand that creates products for all skin-types, regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity. Check out their smart product bundles for quality products and a gift-worthy presentation.

3. Beautiful Ceramics

Arc Ceramics

Handmade by Sarah Mitchell-Davison, Arc Ceramics are functional pieces in a minimal, modern style. Her work is organic and expressive, inspired by urban landscapes, nature, and art. She uses traditional wheel and hand-building techniques to produce unique work.

DBO Home

The husband-and-wife team Dana Brandwein + Daniel Oates create artisanal ceramics, lighting, and furniture in their studios in Connecticut. DBO Home embraces the small imperfections that arise from the handcrafted making process to produce one-of-a-kind pieces that are sustainable and designed to last.


Areaware creates “friendly objects for designy people.” They collaborate with independent artists to create a wide range of homewares, from kitchen and bar accessories to toys and games. Their products are playful and colorful, with many giftable options for the design aficionado in your life.


D-Haene is a Brooklyn-based ceramic and design studio founded by Jane D’Haene. D’Haene is inspired by the minimalist forms of traditional Korean pottery, incorporating contemporary colors and design elements to create her own visual language. Don’t miss the stunning, organic moon vases in her permanent collection.

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The Smart List is a monthly list of multi-media recommendations on everything design, curated by Interwoven Design. We are all podcast junkies at Interwoven, and of course we have a particular weakness for great design podcasts. In this issue, discover a selection of the design podcasts we’ve enjoyed most this year. Learn about topics surrounding waste in design and production, the significance of the objects that surround us, and the stories of the best designers, artists, musicians, and thinkers of our time.

The Smart List: Podcasts 2021
The Smart List: Podcasts

1. Design Matters

with Debbie Millman

Launched in 2005, Design Matters was world’s first podcast about design. It was and continues to be the foremost inquiry into the world of creative culture, featuring in-depth conversations with designers, writers, artists, musicians, and contemporary thought-leaders. Host Debbie Millman is an author, educator, and brand strategist, famous for her incredible research and thoughtful interviewing style. Scroll through hundreds of interviews to find the most influential voices of our time speaking about their creative process, their formative experiences, and so much more. While the archive can be overwhelming to newcomers, browse to find names you are sure to recognize or listen at random, the quality of conversation is consistent.

2. Found: Objects with Meaning

Wallpaper* Magazine

Found: Objects with Meaning consists of six conversations with creatives about objects inspire and define them, whether in their personal or professional lives. The podcast is “all about the creative and emotional force of the objects that we have and the ones that we’ve lost.” Objects discussed include transformative technologies, favored tools, and artworks.

3. Circular

with Katie Treggiden

Circular is a podcast that explores “the intersection of craft, design and sustainability.” Host Katie Treggiden discusses the importance of a circular economy in design and production with the pioneers and key players in the war against waste. Issues discussed include the need for material innovation, the power of design for disassembly and repair, and the role of conservation and restoration in the experience of the user and the community.

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