Just another Thursday evening in New York, offering a bevy of tempting design-related events, at least two of which will include free drinks. Our top three:
Multiple Choice: Design Marketing for the Twenty-first Century: Tonight at 6:30, in conjunction with the new “Multiple Choice” exhibition, the Cooper-Hewitt hosts a panel discussion exploring such trends as consumer customization (like NIKEiD!) and online outreach (also like NIKEiD!). Speaking of iD but adjusting for capitalization and punctuation, I.D. magazine’s Julie Lasky will moderate a roundtable featuring Annette Schaich (Maharam), Michael Hendrix (Tricycle), and Jennifer Morla (Design Within Reach).
Established & Sons: It’s another opening and another show for supercool design gallery Sebastian+Barquet. In the spotlight tonight is Established & Sons, specifically their limited edition pieces like the “Drift” bench and “Chester” sofa by Amanda Levete/Future Systems and Zaha Hadid’s gloopy-and-we-mean-that-in-a-good-way “Aqua” Table (that’s it up there). Show you’re in the know by wearing something by Stella McCartney (wife of E&S founder Alasdhair Willis, but you knew that).
Song of Myself: “I celebrate myself / And what I assume you shall assume / For every atom belonging to me, as good belongs to you.” That’s how Walt Whitman kicked off his “Song of Myself.” See how nine photographers visually responded to his verse in an exhibition that includes works by Charles Harbutt, Naho Kubota, Sylvia Plachy, and Lucille Fornasieri-Gold. The opening reception runs from 6 to 9 at The powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn. Suggested cocktail party conversation starter: “Did you know that six years of Brooklyn public school was the only formal education Whitman ever received?” No wonder he was so into assuming.