12 Top Product Picks from NYCxDESIGN

This year’s winners of the MetropolisLikes NYCxDESIGN Awards are among the best new releases on view at ICFF, BDNY, and New York City’s showrooms.

NYCxDESIGN’s annual Festival is one of the largest celebrations of creativity in North America. This Fall, the special edition of the Festival is headlined by three tradeshows and exhibitions at the Javits Center: ICFF, BDNY, and WantedDesign, each of which features products, brands, and design talents from across the United States and around the world.

Meanwhile, the city’s design showrooms are open to visitors, with hundreds of innovative creative solutions on display in the SoHo and NoMad neighborhoods, as well as at the A&D Building, the D&D Building, and the New York Design Center.

Out of these, Metropolis has selected 12 products for their attention to environmental responsibility, material innovation, and creative expression. Here are the 2021 winners of the MetropolisLikes NYCxDESIGN awards:


Haywood from FLOR by Interface

FLOR’s Haywood modular carpet is inspired by the clean lines of Midcentury Modern furniture, and can be used as an area rug or wall-to-wall flooring. It is manufactured using cutting-edge tufting technology to create dynamic pile heights and patterning reminiscent of handwoven and flat-weave rugs, and is made of ECONYL, a 100% regenerated nylon fiber from Aquafil. All FLOR products are carbon neutral through Interface’s third-party verified Carbon Neutral Floors™ program.


Expormim Cask

Designed by Copenhagen-based Norm Architects for Spanish furniture brand Expormim, the Cask armchair is inspired by classical rounded furniture. Each piece is crafted out of tinted and peeled rattan, a cradle-to-cradle material with a low VOC, water-based, UV-filtering finish. For upholstery, fabric options that are Greenguard-, OKEO-TEX-, and Reach-certified are available.

Wolf-Gordon Muse by V Starr

Muse, an upholstery textile collection by V Starr for Wolf-Gordon, is a celebration of the power of women, as told by the firm’s founder and tennis champion, Venus Williams. The three patterns juxtapose femininity and the fierce underlying qualities of perseverance, strength and commitment.


Estiluz El Torrent Nucli

Designed by Joan Genebat, Nucli is a pendant light for indoor and outdoor use. Each ceramic pendant is handmade, with a texture that celebrates its material. The light comes from an LED source within a Matt opal blown glass spherical diffuser.

Nucli is available in the United States through Estiluz.

ASI CHIZEL® Wood Panels

Crafted out of solid Ash, these panels are available in custom patterns that add bespoke flair to any interior. The thermo treated wood panels are mounted on a MDF substrate, installed with a Z-clip application and can be supplied unfinished. They are available in 48″ x 96″ sized panels with a ¾ ‘’ thickness and a Class A Fire rating.


Marset Ihana

The Ihana can be used to create light compositions, with a structure that can include up to 14 shades. Available in different lengths for various ceiling heights, the Ihana also features a dim-to-warm technology, which allows regulation of both the light level as well as the color temperature.


Durkan Graafika

This flooring collection is inspired by the art of printmaking. Sketching and brushstroke painting intertwine to create energetic and fluctuating rhythms, while interlaced elegant geometric lines balance the patterns. The collection includes Definity, Pattern Perfect, PDI tile, and Tufted Broadloom products that all incorporate soft blending techniques and advanced multilevel cuts and loops provided by Durkan’s Definity and Pattern Perfect technology.


Gloster Furniture Fresco

Designed by Mattheo Thun, the outdoor chair in this collection is made of an all-weather, wheat-colored wicker featuring a distressed finish, woven in a subtle, open pattern. The frames are formed from tubular aluminium and finished with a tough, subtly textured White powder coating. Both side table and coffee table are topped with marble effect Bianco coloured ceramic and completed with woven leg detailing using the same fibre as the accompanying seat. “Fresco was designed to evoke the spirit and timelessness of the sixties,” Thun says.

Room & Board Arlington End Table

Made in Vermont, each Arlington table is a one-of-a-kind piece of sustainable furniture. The bases are made from pieces of marble reclaimed from the steps of old Baltimore row houses. The wood tops were salvaged from houses and barns around Baltimore and the northeast U.S. that were slated for demolition.

Ceramiche Refin Affrescati

This porcelain tile collection is the first to translate the allure of frescoes to the floor. Inspired by the Italian tradition of wall frescoes, from Pompeii to the Amalfi Cathedral, the collection is characterized by its exquisitely textured surfaces, enriched by spatula marks, imperceptible waves and a careful chromatic stratification. Painstakingly created in Refin’s cutting-edge laboratory, Affrescati is a link between the past and the present.

Brown Jordan’s MOTO Collection

Award winning architectural and hospitality designer Ann Marie Vering reimagines outdoor seating by incorporating a layer of luxury comfort. Supporting luxurious seating, composed of three layers of batting and high-end foam, is a distinctive low-profile metal frame fabricated with cast joints, custom extrusions, and tubular metal, producing smooth and clean lines. The frame is engineered to support long spans, while maintaining a clean silhouette. A 10-inch Dekton ledge table is featured on specific pieces, distinguishing themselves as a different form of functionality. The MOTO collection includes eleven versatile pieces that can be tailored to suit the needs of any context, environment, or desire.

Romby by Porro, available at West | Out East

The new Romby Chair by Italian design firm GamFratesi owes its charm to simple geometry with a retro flair. The truncated cone base is painstakingly crafted in sections of solid ash wood, available natural, or black stained. The soft and compact padded swivel seat comes upholstered in leather and fabric. Perfect in a dining room or in a working environment with a cozy atmosphere, as well as a stand-alone element, Romby is a cocoon armchair with impeccable proportions and workmanship, which embraces the body while leaving it free to move. Romby is available in New York through West | Out East.

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