Weekly design agenda: Be a part of it in New York, New York

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New York is gearing up for design week, with first events such as Bklyn Designs, and the main fair, ICFF kicking off May 15.

Bklyn Designs
May 7-9
New York, USA

Featuring a diverse array of satellite exhibits, demonstrations, panel discussions, keynote speakers, and numerous other design events, Bklyn Designs is one of New York's hottest exhibitions of contemporary furnishings, lighting, and accessories made and/or designed in Brooklyn, all handpicked by a jury of editors from leading design and shelter magazines.

Creative Week NYC
May 10-16
New York, USA

Celebrating creativity in advertising, design, digital media, music, film and the fine arts, this series of events organized by non-profit The One Club features highlights including the New York Photo Festival.

National Design Triennial: Why Design Now?
May 14 - January 9, 2011
New York, USA

Why Design Now? - the fourth exhibition in the National Design Triennial series at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum - will explore the work of designers addressing human and environmental problems across many fields of design from architecture and product design to fashion, graphics, new media and landscape design.

International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF)
May 15-18
New York, USA

North America's biggest contemporary design fair is partially open to the public, with visitors being able to browse some of the best in interior design, get an update from the design colleges and immerse themselves in special exhibitions.

Noho Design District
May 15-18
New York, USA

Following similar initiatives in Soho and the Meatpacking District, the Noho Design District in New York will open its doors to the public for the first time, running concurrently with the ICFF. Highlights will include a sale of gently used designer items and an emerging talent showcase called Noho Next.

Maxxi museum opening
May 31
Rome, Italy

The Maxxi center for contemporary arts and design, completed by London-based Zaha Hadid Architects in November 2009, will finally open to the public.

European Design Since 1985: Shaping the New Century
June 5 - August 29
Atlanta, USA

Held at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, this exhibition redefines modernism and postmodernism, which have both not only shaped European design but have also had a profound impact worldwide. The exhibition includes furniture, glass, ceramics, metalwork and more, created by some of the most influential artists of our time.