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Montclair Design Week 2018 - Thursday, October 25

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Montclair Design Week 2018


We are excited you are joining us for Montclair Design Week! Our inaugural year, The Year of Messy Design, features more than 60 events and is expected to engage about 20,000 participants from throughout our community.

            Good design is for all of us, so we’ve created a wide range of events, something for everyone. Check out the types of events below for today. Most events are free and require registration. All events are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please sign up as soon as possible. To buy tickets for the fundraising parties, go to To buy tickets for the films, go to

            Come celebrate design and its power to mobilize and inspire each of us and our community to reach for a better future. We look forward to seeing you!



Sights Unseen

MDW Hub, Madison Bldg., 427 Bloomfield Ave.

11:00 am–2:00 pm, 5:00–9:00 pm daily

Spotlighting the work of talents who live in, work in, or contribute to Montclair, Sights Unseen is Montclair Design Week’s first ever showcase dedicated to uncovering what’s new and next in design of all scales and disciplines. It’s also a nod to our inaugural theme, The Year of Messy Design, in which we invite our community to think broadly and interpret works creatively. Featuring objects of design and innovation—from furniture, graphics, lighting, landscapes, and fashion to robotics, engineering, and user experiences—MDW’s showcase presents a new story of design excellence, as told by our Montclair-area creatives.



Montclair Accelerator for Incubating Communities

MDW Hub, Madison Bldg., 427 Bloomfield Ave.

11:00 am–2:00 pm, 5:00–9:00 pm daily

On exhibit during the week is MDW’s own design for a mobile hub, dubbed MAIC and pronounced make. Montclair Accelerator for Incubating Communities is designed as a multipurpose, fully customized room-on-wheels that can be used for year-round programming. Drawings, renderings, and a scale model tell the story of this roving beacon of discovery, creativity, and exploration. MAIC is a gift we hope to realize in the coming year, with the generous support of our community.

Thursday, October 25



Creating a Consistent Wellness Practice (ages 18+)

Qwell Meditation & Wellness Studio, 493 Bloomfield Ave.

10:30 am–12:30 pm

Wellness for Makers and Qwell Meditation & Wellness Studio are collaborating on a unique workshop designed to help you alleviate stress in your mind and body. Learn ways to create a consistent practice that helps boost energy levels, calm your nervous system, reduce injury risk, and improve posture. Hosts: Missy Graf Ballone (Wellness for Makers), Marcie Handler (Qwell Meditation & Wellness Studio).



Design Den at Watchung Plaza

Watchung Plaza, grassy area next to Local Coffee, Green Chop’s

5:30–7:30 pm

In our “Design Den” public program series, we invite the community to join us in open and inclusive conversations about some of the issues affecting Montclair. Your insights and stories will help shape our programming and initiatives for next year’s Montclair Design Week. Note: Although there is no limit to number of guests, actual seating is limited, so please arrive early if you would like a seat. Facilitators: Robert Genovese, Gary Rudoren.



Living You Workshop

Joyist, 617 Valley Rd.

6:00–8:00 pm

A well-lived life is the culmination of all its parts. Our workshop takes you on a quest to discover who you are in mind, body, and (design) soul. Hosts: Blanche Garcia (B. Garcia Designs), KaraLynne Wolfe (Chelsea Square), Kacy Erdelyi (Juice Culture).



Design Your Stance: A Movement Workshop on How We Stand and Why It Matters

Yoga Mechanics, 107 Forest St., #3

7:00–9:00 pm

No one teaches us how to stand, and yet we are expected to exude strength, grace, and confidence. In this movement workshop, learn why it matters how we stand. Learn and create a conscious stance that can help you feel confident in your body. Host: Omni Kitts Ferrara (Yoga Mechanics).



Mahogany (1975)

Cinema505, 505 Bloomfield Ave.

7:30 pm (running time, 1 hr 49 min)

This week’s four films focus on the art of cinematic design. Tonight, Diana Ross plays a student who struggles with ego, reputation, and relationships after achieving overnight success as a model and then a fashion designer. Also starring Anthony Perkins and Billy Dee Williams. Directed by Berry Gordy.


Unsure where to start? Drop by our headquarters, “the Hub,” in Montclair Center. We’re in the Madison Building at 427 Bloomfield Avenue, near the intersection with Glenridge Avenue. Come inside, ask questions at the MDW Info Desk, marvel at our Design Showcase and MAIC Exhibit, and hang out! We’re there each day of MDW, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Many events will take place at the Hub as well—check the schedule, and register today!

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