designjunction + Dwell on Design opened May 13 in Chelsea’s ArtBeam space with nearly 30 design brands and a series of talks, kicking off with an architecture breakfast with AN’s senior editor Matt Shaw with Kai-Uwe Bergmann, partner at BIG Architects. A departure from the architecture-focused keynotes of Dwell on Designs past, this year’s speaker is illustrator Bob Gill (best known for his 1968 cover art for George Harrison’s Wonderwall Music album), who will discuss his experiences of the changing design landscape over the past 65 years. Other speakers throughout the weekend include New York designers such as Sandy Chilewich, Stephanie Goto, David Weeks, and Gregory Buntain of Fort Standard.
The loft-style space was filled with international designers both large and small, from heavy hitters like Artek and Muuto to independent designers, such as U.K.–based Melin Tregwynt and Croatian design platform Stufff Concept Store, among many others. WeWork created a pop-up workspace, encouraging visitors to try out the modern office and a cafe by Vitra that also offers places to sit and linger.