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Seven rising talents spotted at NYCxDesign 2019

With New York's 12-day-long festival NYCxDesign now over, US editor Eleanor Gibson picks out the emerging American designers and studios that stood out.

The 2019 edition of NYCxDesign took place from 10 to 22 May, featuring returning fairs ICFF, WantedDesign and Brooklyn Designs, as well as a host of exhibitions and pop-ups.

While the annual event draws flocks of international designers to the city, US talent was among the most promising. Read on for our pick of the top seven:

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Yield presented new designs at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), which runs annually to coincide with New York's Design Week.

The studio, established by designers Andrew Deming and Rachel Gant, hails from Floridian city St Augustine, where it also produces all of its pieces. So far its outputs have included minimal and earthen homeware and candles with scents based on its favourite architects, including Frank Lloyd Wright and Carlo Scarpa.

Ty Williams

Ty Williams is a mixed-media artist, who has worked with major brands including Ace Hotel, Google and Urban Outfitters. His illustrations, which draw on the sea and coastline, have also featured in spaces like California's The Sandman Hotel and a renovated house in South Carolina.

Williams was among the artists in design collective Colony's exhibition during this year's design festival, where his playful designs decorated a set of chairs by Fort Standard.

Stitch Stool Upholstered in First Hand Collection by Eny Lee Parker

Eny Lee Parker

Eny Lee Parker's cosy booth was among the hottest spots at ICFF this year.

The Brooklyn designer, a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), works with a variety materials including of clay and ceramics, as well as techniques like welding and woodwork. Parker told Dezeen she intends her work to celebrate "slowness, the intention and the respect for natural resources".

Cerine by Trueing


Trueing, a lighting and furniture studio established by design couple Josh Metersky and Aiden Bowman, broke into the city's design scene in 2017, when they were named Emerging Designer as part of the Editor's Awards at ICFF in 2017.

The Brooklyn duo gained momentum this year however, with the launch its first lighting collection called the Elma, Inigo and Janus, and the release of the chunky Cerine lights shortly afterwards.

Orbit Sconce by Ryan Edward

Ryan Edward

Lighting designer Ryan Edward is based in Savannah, a coastal city in Georgia, where he creates fixtures to order. Edward aims to design pieces that "spark a playful interaction between people and lighting".

He attracted attention this year with his Orbit series that turn on at the touch of a ball. "We believe is that extra interaction and detail that distinguishes it from other lighting pieces," he told Dezeen.

Collate by Alex Brokamp

Alex Brokamp

Designer Alex Brokamp presented work in Bernhardt Design's emerging talent exhibit at ICFF. Called Collate, the series comprises aluminium tables decorated with patterns created by a CNC-cutting machine.

Brokamp studied industrial design at the University of Cincinnati and is currently based in Los Angeles, where he is working towards a degree in environmental design at California's ArtCenter College of Design.

In Common With

In Common With

Brooklyn's In Common With was established by designers Nick Ozemba and Felicia Hung, who met while studying at Rhode Island School of Design.

The studio's latest designs, revealed at ICFF this year, include the handmade version Up/Down sconce – an updated version of the light it originally created for a coffee shop. The new design features ceramic shades that come in a variety of clay finishes, including speckled tan and tera-cotta.