In Brief: Design Hunting Debuts, Illustrators Honored, New York Photo Festival Opening

Can you hear me, Major Tom? The instructions that greet visitors to Tom Sachs’ “Space Program: Mars,” which lifts off today at the Park Avenue Armory. (Photo: UnBeige)

Design Hunting is now on newsstands, just in time for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. The new stand-alone home design title from the publishers of New York magazine and tireless design huntress (and New York design editor) Wendy Goodman is stuffed with lush photos of eye-popping dwellings—from a dentist’s office-turned-studio to an indoor treehouse—as well as advice from industry experts and a handy-dandy guide to NYC design resources. Three versions of the cover (red, yellow, and blue), photographed by Hannah Whitaker, are being randomly distributed.

• The Society of Illustrators will add eight members to its illustrious (ha!) hall of fame this year. The eight artists to be recognized for their “distinguished achievement in the art of illustration” are contemporary illustrators R.O. Blechman, John Collier, and Nancy Stahl, along with posthumous honorees Ludwig Bemelmans, Edward Gorey, and John Sloan. Elected by former presidents of the Society, the hall of fame recipients will be honored at a dinner and induction ceremony on June 22.

• The New York Photo Festival kicks off this evening with a opening preview and a reception featuring a guest set by DJ Spooky, who is contributing “Dumbo ice floes” to the festival as part of his Book of Ice-themed project (in October, he starts a year-long residency at the Metropolitan Museum of Art). Other must-see exhibitions include curator Glenn Ruga‘s “On the Razor’s Edge: Between Documentary and Fine Art Photography,” which features the work of Bruce Davidson, Reza, Platon, Rina Castelnuovo, and Eugene Richards. The festival opens to the public tomorrow.