Weekly design agenda: New York design week

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Here are the must-sees for this year's New York design week, running alongside the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.

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.

Surrounding events

Moleskine: The Hand of the Designer will showcase hundreds of signed drawings by prominent contemporary designers at Moleskine America, 210 11th Ave.

The American Design Club presents Breakable, a contest exhibition of designers working with glass. The winner will beannounced May 16 at the Heller Gallery in the Meatpacking District.

As part of the new Noho Design District, Jason Miller showcases lighting designs under his label Roll and Hill, teaming up with fellow designers including Lindsey Adelman, Paul Loebach, Rich Brilliant Willing, and Partners & Spade.

Rick Owens' furniture exhibition Pavane For A Dead Princess will be on show at Salon 94/Rudy Weissenberg. The fashion designer will transform the gallery into an apartment inspired by his own in Paris.

At Barneys, artist Barnaba Fornasetti will welcome you for a presentation of haute couture by Liborio Capizzi and a collection of limited-edition vases on May 14, 6-8pm.

Highlights also include Arik Levy @ MolteniDaDa, Sunny Memories (the future of solar energy in design), Alessi takes the Cake (a collaboration with French pastry chef, Pierre Hermé), Coca-Cola's 111 Navy Chair launch, Vitra celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Panton Chair, Dune's latest exhibition, and Sounds Like, where musicians and designers will be reinterpreting Joey Roth's Ceramic Speakers.

For more details regarding these events, go to http://www.core77.com/nydesignweek.

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.