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May 03 2017

Celebration will run from May 3 – 24

Program includes hundreds of events throughout the City, 2nd annual NYCxDESIGN Awards, and a brand-new Design Pavilion in Times Square

NEW YORK, NY—New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today launched the fifth installment of NYCxDESIGN, the City’s official celebration of global design. The expanded program includes hundreds of events taking place throughout the five boroughs from May 3 - 24, 2017. NYCxDESIGN focuses on the City’s cultural and commercial opportunities, elevates established and emerging design practices and increases local and international awareness of, and appreciation for, design.

In partnership with the Public Art Fund (PAF), this year’s celebration kicked off with a press conference at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The event also featured the opening of Anish Kapoor’s installation, "Descension,” presented by PAF, as part of its 40th anniversary season. Event speakers included Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, Cindy Allen, Editor-in-Chief, Interior Design magazine, Nicholas Baume, Public Art Fund Director and Chief Curator, internationally renowned artist Anish Kapoor, Eric Landau, President of Brooklyn Bridge Park and Edward Hogikyan, Senior Vice President of Marketing, NYCEDC.

“New York is the global capital of design. NYCxDESIGN showcases our own homegrown talent, brings ideas, art and innovation from all over the world. With more exhibits and partners than ever, this year¹s events are not to miss," said Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen.

"With events across all five boroughs, we invite New Yorkers and visitors to experience the fifth annual NYCXDESIGN and discover the City's vibrant design community," said Fred Dixon, President and CEO of NYC & Company, the City's official destination marketing organization. "The three-week celebration has become a must-see among our global visitors as it is a chance to experience the unique innovation, art and creativity only found in New York City."

Created in 2013 with the support of the New York City Council, NYCxDESIGN has grown in scope and popularity both locally and internationally. The event provides a unifying platform for New York City’s diverse design community and highlights their contributions to the city’s unique cultural fabric and economy while previewing the latest in global design.

NYCxDESIGN programming is informed by a Steering Committee comprised of leaders from the city’s vast design community including numerous city agencies, public organizations, world-renowned museums, and trade organizations.

For 2017, NYCxDESIGN is pleased to have Swiss watchmaker, Rado, return as the Official Watch Sponsor of NYCxDESIGN. As part of its participation, Rado will host its second stateside edition of the Rado Star Prize together with WantedDesign.

The New York City metro area is home to over 7,500 design firms and over 50,000 full-time designers, and more than any other metro area in the U.S., more than Los Angeles and Chicago combined. Having increased by over 30% in the last decade, design firms generate over $555 million annually in City tax revenue and full-time designers earn $50,000 a year on average, indicating positive opportunities for income mobility. New York City is also home to 10 prominent design and architecture schools and graduates twice as many design and architecture students as any other city in the U.S.

In an effort to expand the global impact of NYCxDESIGN, the program has been represented at a number of international design weeks including Milan, Shanghai, Barcelona and Tokyo.

Below are some of the 2017 NYCxDESIGN programming highlights. Additional event information is available here

  • (NEW) Design Pavilion Times Square – Building on the success of its 2016 debut, Design Pavilion™ reemerges in a new location in the heart of Times Square. Design Pavilion™ will serve as the NYCxDESIGN Information Kiosk from May 3–22 and host a five-day cultural event from May 18–22 with a curated set of interactive displays that bring design and innovation directly to the newly renovated plazas of Time Square. The cultural event will encourage community engagement and increasing awareness of design. New to the mix, Design Pavilion™ debuts the Design Pavilion Market May 18–22.
  • (NEW) Times Square Hub – NYCxDESIGN 2017 will integrate into Midnight Moment, the world’s largest, longest-running digital art exhibition that is synchronized on electronic billboards throughout Times Square every night from 11–57pm–midnight. Midnight Moment is presented by the Times Square Advertising Coalition and curated by Times Square Arts. In May, the screens of Times Square will feature animations from A Marvelous Order, a multimedia opera about the battle over New York City between Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, presented in partnership with LMCC and The Municipal Art Society of New York.
  • (NEW) Retail Partnerships – NYCxDESIGN works closely with retailers to create design-focused events, installations, window displays, discounts, and limited edition merchandise. Participating retailers include Brookfield Place, MoMA Retail Store, Madison Avenue Business Improvement District together with Veranda magazine, the Microsoft Store, SoHo Design District, Tribeca Design District, NoMAD Design District, Dinosaur Designs, Canal Street Retail Market, Michele Varian, Tictail, and the Seaport Design District with the opening of the new WantedDesign shops.
  • (NEW) The Center for Architecture – The Center for Architecture is the premier cultural venue for architecture and the built environment in New York City. During NYCxDESIGN, the Center for Architecture will host building tours and a variety of events, programs, and lectures.
  • Tuesday, May 9: NY – London Exchange – Deputy Mayor Dialogue– Grappling with Growth See Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and London’s Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills Jules Pipe discuss the future of London and New York City as both grapple with creating fair and equitable cities in the face of massive growth.
  • (NEW) Archtober – This October mainstay returns May 15–19 with their Building of the Day, which highlights some of the city’s architectural gems, including the Staten Island Museum and Elmhurst Library, with private tours and talks about each.
  • (NEW) JOYA X TAYLOR & MILLER PRESENT– “THE ARCHITECTURE OF FRAGRANCE” - Fragrance design studio Joya and architecture and design firm Taylor and Miller join forces to present a limited edition scented product and temporary installation with a unique fragrance delivery system to provoke and inspire the senses. Witness Joya’s diverse operations first-hand and visit the permanent storefront designed by Taylor and Miller to experience how they approached the space architecturally.
  • (NEW) Gardening the Trash: Trash is the New Natural…– Demonstrating the technology, science, and artisanship of turning waste into worth, Gardening the Trash is a visual exploration of the remarkable and sustainable future of fashion by redesigning performance luxury textiles from society’s trash. Gardening the Trash is a collaboration between Glasgow Caledonian University Fair Fashion Center, Arthur Huang of Miniwiz, the undisputed experts in engineering circular innovation, and Bonotto, the preeminent Italian luxury textile firm.
  • (NEW) Tech+ – Presented by The Architect's Newspaper, Tech+ is the first expo to explore the innovative mindset that is transforming the architectural, engineering, and construction industries. Tech+ showcases cutting-edge products from VR-aided design to rapid prototyping to IoT networks. The Tech+ Innovation Stage spotlights industry leaders who are developing exciting methodologies to reshape the fabric of the built environment. At Tech+, Humanscale will showcase how the importance of wellness at work led to the creation of the OfficeIQ, a revolutionary software solution for sit/stand workstations.
  • (NEW) TEFAF New York – The spring edition of TEFAF New York focuses on modern and contemporary art and design from the twentieth century to the present day. The fair will make its NYCxDESIGN debut May 4–8.
  • (NEW) Socrates Sculpture Park – Socrates Sculpture Park is pleased to present New York City’s first institutional solo exhibition of Nari Ward. The exhibition, Nari Ward– G.O.A.T., again will feature a series of six newly-commissioned outdoor pieces that will be created on site and on view April 29–September 4.
  • (NEW) Fashion Future Graduate Showcase – The first-ever Fashion Future Graduate Showcase features one hundred top fashion graduates from leading design colleges and universities. NYCEDC and the CFDA are supporting their transition from college to career development by connecting them to professional opportunities across several areas of design. The exhibition will be hosted from May 23–25. A digital platform will live on for one year.
  • (NEW) Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Graduating Student Exhibition – FIT will showcase the work of more than 800 students graduating from the School of Art and Design throughout their campus. Works on display at The Museum at FIT can be seen during museum hours: Monday–Friday, Noon – 8pm and Saturday, 10am – 5pm. The exhibit will be hosted May 13–25.
  • (NEW) Women x Women Art Fair Tour – Tictail and Absolut Art have partnered to launch Women x Women, a discovery-based art tour in New York City’s Lower East Side that highlights emerging female artists and puts female representation back into the hands of women. From May 19 – June 2, the artworks will be displayed on the walls and windows of eleven local businesses.
  • (NEW) Design+ city Blog on – Design+ city celebrates the City’s commitment to design through a selection of stories and programs that feature design projects and key players that improve our urban quality of life. This space focuses on the impact that visual communication design plays in public space, civic architecture, and citizens’ lives, and highlights the cross-disciplinary, collaborative nature of design projects. Design+ city’s goal is to educate the public about the value of design and the role designers play in shaping the future of our cities. The blog is edited by AIGA and SVA’s D-Crit/Design Research program.
  • (NEW) Future Culture: Connecting Staten Island’s Waterfront – Visit the St. George Library on May 17 for a panel discussion on creative place-making on the North Shore of Staten Island. There will be preview of a suite of design, planning, and policy recommendations developed as part of Future Culture– Connecting Staten Island’s Waterfront, a project of the Design Trust for Public Space in partnership with Staten Island Arts.
  • (NEW) Education/Design Schools – New York City’s top design schools, including include the Pratt Institute, FIT, The Cooper Union, SVA, and Parsons, are coordinating efforts to spotlight their end-of-year gallery shows. Events include MFA thesis presentations and a Student Design Showcase Night on May 15 with the theme “Design for Social Justice.”
  • (NEW) NYC DESIGN TALKS (Presented by IBM) – NYC DESIGN TALKS is a community-based talk series about the thoughts, goals, pressures, and responsibilities of design for the enhancement and improvement of our future. The talks will be held at FIT, Parsons School of Design, and Times Square. In its second year partnering with NYCxDESIGN, IBM brings compelling content through NYC DESIGN TALKS at a full-day conference held on May 16 at The Cooper Union.
  • (NEW) Museums & Cultural Organizations – Several prestigious museums, including MoMA, the Museum of Arts and Design, Museum at FIT, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Museum of the City of New York, Staten Island Museum, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Historical Society, Socrates Sculpture Park, National Jazz Museum in Harlem, The Noguchi Museum, and The Ukrainian Museum, will be participating in this year’s celebration to cross-promote their special exhibitions, activities, and offerings.
  • (NEW) Process and Possibilities– Artist – Sculptor and printmaker, Susan Grabel, and sculptor and co-owner and founder of SI MakerSpace, Scott Van Campen, discuss the challenges and possibilities of artists collaborating with SI MakerSpace and using the available new technology. Hosted by Staten Island Arts.
  • (NEW) DartxDesign: Frog Open Studio Party – Designers from across the city are invited to take part in a dartboard design challenge and fundraiser benefit with an open bar and live music. All profits will go to Art Start, a nonprofit that brings the creative arts to underserved and homeless youth. This event takes place May 18 at Frog Open Studios.
  • (NEW) South Bronx Baton: Reflections on Change – On May 20, there will be walking tours and a panel discussion in the South Bronx highlighting the work of four community development corporations, including Nos Quedamos, The Point, Banana Kelly, and WHEDco. Over the past twenty-five years, these organizations have articulated a community-based vision of change, community health, and environmental and sustainable development, as well as issues of social equity.
  • (NEW) PechaKucha Night (Hosted at A/D/O in Greenpoint) – PechaKucha Night invites creatives from all fields to meet, present projects, and exchange ideas in their innovative 20x20 format. Their biggest annual event takes place May 18.


  • Second Annual NYCxDESIGN Awards – Organized and hosted by Interior Design magazine and ICFF, the awards feature a broad range of categories across most design disciplines represented in NYCxDESIGN. Winners will be announced on May 20 at MoMA.
  • Metropolis Magazine/NYCxDESIGN Official Guide Metropolis once again presents the official NYCxDESIGN guide. Bigger than ever, this year’s guide will be distributed at over ninety locations across all five boroughs. The guide will also be sent to its subscribers with the magazine’s May 2017 issue.
  • Collective Design – Now in its fifth year, Collective Design will be held May 3–7 at Skylight Clarkson Square and will showcase a unique mix of masterworks of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries alongside the latest in design thinking. The fair encourages discovery and connoisseurship among design professionals and the public alike through its curated selection of compelling galleries and designers, playful process-based installations, and thoughtful educational programming.
  • Frieze New York – Frieze New York returns to Randall’s Island May 5–7 with exceptional contemporary and twentieth-century work, together with Frieze Talks and Frieze Education.
  • ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) – The four-day show (May 21–24) attracts more than 750 international exhibitors who specialize in high-end luxury design and is attended by more than 34,000 discerning architects, interior designers, developers, retailers, and manufacturers from leading international firms. Exhibitors from more than thirty countries come to ICFF to present the best contemporary design in the categories of furniture, lighting, carpet, flooring, textiles, wallcoverings, accessories, kitchen, and bath. ICFF also hosts the SoHo Design District who will design and present a custom installation depicting the best of SoHo showrooms, such as Kartell, Cappellini, Cassina, Artemide, Fontana Arte, and more.
  • BKLYN Designs – BKLYN DESIGNS is Brooklyn's showcase of the best in Brooklyn. The show takes place May 5–7 at the Brooklyn Expo Center. This year's edition will feature a diverse array of exhibitors from Brooklyn’s leading creative neighborhoods, a curated marketplace, design workshops, interactive installations, panel discussions, and more.
  • Architizer A+Awards – The Architizer A+Awards returns for the fifth year on May 11. It is the largest awards program focused on promoting and celebrating the year’s best architecture and products. Its mission is to nurture the appreciation of meaningful architecture in the world and champion its potential for a positive impact on everyday life.
  • Art New York/CONTEXT New York – Art New York provides a fresh alternative for acquiring important, never-before exhibited works from both primary and secondary markets. CONTEXT New York is dedicated to the development and reinforcement of emerging and mid-career artists. The shows will take place at Pier 94 from May 3–7.
  • WantedDesign – WantedDesign will return for its seventh edition in Manhattan (May 20–23) and Brooklyn (May 17–23), including the second edition of the French-American Exhibit Transatlantic Creative Exchange as part of their OUI Design initiative, and an extended program in Brooklyn dedicated to design schools and young professionals.
  • Sight Unseen OFFSITE - Now in its fourth year, 2017’s OFFSITE show will bring together a tightly curated edit of some of the most sophisticated, forward-thinking brands and studios in the contemporary design world, May 19–22 at 100 Avenue of the America. Special programming, including an interactive design lounge, will be at the Canal Street Market.
  • NYC DESIGN TALKS (Presented by IBM) – NYC DESIGN TALKS is a community-based talk series about the thoughts, goals, pressures, and responsibilities of design for the enhancement and improvement of our future. The talks will be held at FIT, Parsons School of Design, and in Times Square. In its second year partnering with NYCxDESIGN, IBM brings compelling content through NYC DESIGN TALKS at a full-day conference held on May 16 at The Cooper Union.
  • SoHo Design District – The SoHo Design District is the premier destination for showcasing top design brands from around the world. Join member showrooms on y May 22 as they celebrate new pieces during NYCxDESIGN. SDD showrooms will also be presenting a booth of select designs during this year's ICFF at the Javits Center.
  • New York City Hall Tour – On May 9, 11, 15, and 16, go on a special one-hour tour to learn about the architecture, art, and history of New York City Hall.
  • Behind-the-Scenes Walking Tour of the New York Wheel– For the second year, the New York Wheel—the world's largest observation wheel when launched in 2018—will be giving a behind-the-scenes tour of the site along with a discussion on its design and engineering. The tour will take place on May 8.

Missed last year’s NYCxDESIGN?
Hi-resolution photos for viewing, media use and publication of last year’s NYCxDESIGN celebration are available on NYCEDC’s Flickr page here. A special video of last year’s NYCxDESIGN highlights is available here.

Also, new this year, the ride-sharing app Via will be the official transportation sponsor for NYCxDESIGN 2017. Via is offering 20% off fares to a number of program-related events using the promo code NYCDESIGN20. Participating events include SoHo Design District, ICFF, BKLYN DESIGNS, WantedDesign Manhattan, Pratt Institute, Museum of Arts and Design, Design Pavilion, Center for Architecture, and 200 Lex/NY Design Center.

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