Here Are the Trends You’ll See During NYCxDesign

Ready for another round of designed-object intensity (or, if you’re not in New York next week, a fresh dose of FOMO)? As we prepare to transition from Fiera Milano to the Javitz Center—and to trade charming Milanese side streets and perfect cappuccinos for New York’s signature chaos and dollar deli coffee—we’re also surveying what’ll be on view and speculating what it all means. Read on to see the trends we predict will characterize the objects presented throughout NYCxDesign, and follow us online and through social media (@SurfaceMag) from May 11 through 23 for our take on the best things to see.

Anything But Marble

Give us alabaster, blue cement, sand, resin, or salt—just not another slab of crystalline limestone.  

Allied Maker

Alabaster Totem 16 floor lamp


Talisman 1 sconce


Gong Terrazzo by Giulio Cappellini

Anna Karlin and Fernando Mastrangelo

Chunk collection

Fort Standard

Planar side table

Phil Cuttance

Herringbone vases, available the Wallpaper* Store pop-up at Poliform

Sticks and Stones

Branch-shaped lighting fixtures—sometimes sprouting round, pebble-like bulbs—are officially a thing.


Trilogy pendant

Bec Brittain

Aries wall sconce (Photo: Lauren Coleman)

Charles de Lisle

Linden Ivy Triple chandelier, available at The Future Perfect


Pris Crystalline chandelier

Rich Brilliant Willing

Conceptual OLED and 3D-knitted lighting installation


Constellation chandelier


Bough LED pendant

Unapologetic Decadence

As we predicted last year, velvet’s recent renaissance—in addition to those of gold and crystal—is likely a reflection of our fraught political climate.


Merwyn chair by Sebastian Herkner, available at Avenue Road


Cé wall sconce


Blu Velvet chair by Humberto and Fernando Campana, available at DDC

Larose Guyon

Céleste large chandelier

Lee Broom

Lens Flair pendant


Calligraphy Bird Extinct Animal rug

Golden Arches

They may not always be flaxen, but iterations of that artfully bent doorway shape are all over the place.

Bend Goods

Cloud bench

Crump and Kwash

Penny mirror


Milà chair by Jaime Hayon

Paola C.

‘Colosseum I’ fruit bowl, available the Wallpaper* Store pop-up at Poliform

Crosby Studios x Opening Ceremony

Wall shelf

Millennial Muddy-Pastel

Need a quick and easy way to make something cool? Pick a milky, muted hue (ideally one of a lighter shade) and pair it with a earthen one. Ta-da.

B&B Italia

Eda-Mame sofa by Piero Lissoni

Calico Wallpaper

Oceania wallpaper

Carl Hansen and Søn

Preludia Sled chairs by Brad Ascalon


1 Inch “Reclaimed” chairs by Jasper Morrison


Bitta dining armchair by Rodolfo Dordoni

Ligne Roset

Ottoman sofa by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance


‘Barrel’ bowl by Benjamin Hubert, available the Wallpaper* Store pop-up at Poliform


Suave sofa by Marcel Wanders

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