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NYCxDESIGN 2019 Holds Official Launch at 1stdibs Gallery

May 09 2019

Annual Citywide Celebration of Design Runs May 10 Through 22; 350+ Events Featuring Designers from New York City and Around the World

NEW YORK, NY—New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today previewed the start of NYCxDESIGN 2019, New York City’s annual celebration of design. The launch of the seventh edition of the program, held at 1stdibs Gallery, in conjunction with the Female Design Council’s opening of their “Deeper than Text” exhibition, previewed hundreds of events happening around the city from May 10 to 22. Hosted at venues throughout the five boroughs, the celebration of design unites culture, education, and entertainment with a wide array of programming, including exhibitions, installations, trade shows, talks, open studios, and more.

“NYCxDESIGN has become one of the most important global celebrations of New York City’s thriving design sector in just seven short years,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett. “The program draws both local and international attendees to experience our rich design culture. With almost 400 events for 2019, we look to surpass last year’s attendance of nearly 340,000.”

“We are looking forward to sharing and experiencing the tremendous thinking and creativity that will envelop the city during this year’s NYCxDESIGN,” said Edward Hogikyan, Chief Marketing Officer at NYCEDC. “Both the global and local design leaders and innovators whose talent will be on display will amaze and inspire all those in attendance. We expect 2019 to be our biggest and best edition of NYCxDESIGN to date.”

NYCxDESIGN programming is informed by a steering committee composed of many leaders in New York City’s design community, representing a broad swath of design-related programs, events, organizations, and both academic and cultural institutions. The events showcase design across a wide range of disciplines including architecture, design education and thinking, digital and technology, craft, engineering, fashion, film, furniture, graphic design, manufacturing, interior design, landscape design, product design, theatre, urban design, and more.

In January 2019, NYCEDC announced the selection of SANDOW as the operator of NYCxDESIGN for the 2020 edition of the program and beyond. Following a successful seven-year period growing the festival from inception to its current scale, it was determined that the program would realize its full potential being managed by an external entity. Following review of the proposals submitted in response to a public Request for Expressions of Interest issued in Summer 2018, NYCEDC selected SANDOW, a global leader in design media and innovation.

"We're honored to host the kick-off event for NYCxDESIGN 2019 at our new Gallery," said Cristina Miller, Chief Commercial Officer of 1stdibs."Design is at the heart of all we do at 1stdibs, and participating in the NYCxDESIGN program gives us a new platform to celebrate the incredibly talented and passionate members of this industry."

“Deeper than Text is an exhibition that focuses on exceptional and innovative works from all over the world that engages visitors to look beyond the surface to see the passion, the process and power these works hold,” said Lora Appleton, Founder, Female Design Council and Founder, kinder MODERN. “Having 1stdibs support the Female Design Council and sponsor this exhibition during NYCxDESIGN is an honor and provides an incredible platform to help me continue to shine light on amazing women in design.”

“Every borough of New York City is absolutely bursting with talent,” says Interior Design’s Editor in Chief Cindy Allen. “We launched the NYCxDESIGN Awards to celebrate the inspired work and dauntless designers who make our great city the astounding place it is. This year we saw over 800 product and project entries from across the city and the world – 33 countries and four boroughs are represented this year. These entries came from over 150 firms and 400 manufacturers, the very best of whom will be celebrated at the NYCxDESIGN Awards. All winners and honorees will be announced on May 20th – until then I encourage you all to get out there and see what extraordinary things our community has to offer during NYCxDESIGN!

For the 2019 edition of the program, NYCxDESIGN is pleased to have The Diner—a pop-up experience based on the American diner and presented by Surface Media, 2x4, and architect David Rockwell—as an official sponsor. In an effort to give visitors the best experience at The Diner, Surface Media and their partners have collectively decided to shift the unveiling of the installation from 2019. They are working on plans to debut The Diner in New York City in celebration of NYCxDESIGN in 2020, and look forward to showcasing all of The Diner’s unique offerings and innovative programming at that time.

Below are some programming highlights from this year’s NYCxDESIGN. For more information on these events and much more, pick up a copy of The Official Guide to NYCxDESIGN 2019 produced by Metropolis Magazine or visit for a full listing of events:

1stdibs Gallery: “Deeper than Text” Curated by The Female Design Council(May 10-31) – International in composition, yet connected by process, “Deeper than Text” is a focused contemporary design exhibition featuring female master designers and makers in furniture, lighting, textiles, photography, and glass.

NYCxDESIGN Awards (May 20) - Presented by Interior Design Magazine and ICFF, the 4th annual NYCxDESIGN Awards and ICFF Party will take place May 20th at Pier 17 in New York City’s revitalized Seaport District. The Awards take place from 5 to 7 pm. The ICFF Party immediately follows the NYCxDESIGN Awards and is presented by ICFF and Interior Design Magazine.

DESIGN PAVILION in Times Square (May 10-22) - Design Pavilion is an annual public design and cultural happening that is free and open to all. In partnership with the Times Square Alliance, Design Pavilion will activate five plazas in the radically transformed Times Square with immersive environments and daily programs featuring the work of leading architects, designers, and artists. Through Design Pavilion, the worlds of sustainability, technology, luxury, and media will merge and come to life as a highly curated line-up of installations, exhibits, and performances. Some of the 2019 program highlights include:

ICFF 2019 (May 19-22) - For over 30 years, ICFF has built a solid reputation as North America’s platform for global design. Taking place from May 19 to 22, over 900 exhibitors from across the globe will present to more than 38,000 industry professionals looking to be inspired and find what’s best and what’s next for luxury interiors. New additions to the show this year include:

  • ICFF Contract – Featuring designers of better commercial spaces showcasing the latest in lighting, furniture, flooring, wall coverings, seating, and materials.
  • ICFF Connect – Powered by CEDIA Expo, ICFF Connect will highlight the latest innovations in connected technology for the smart home, smart office, and hospitality spaces.
  • Ventura New York: The Dutch Edition – Showcasing the best of Dutch contemporary design with the mission to support Dutch designers, design studios, and brands to conquer the US market by offering a stage at a well-known American design fair.

WantedDesign - With its marquee events during NYCxDESIGN in May, WantedDesign is a platform dedicated to promoting design and fostering the international creative community at large throughout the year. This year’s highlights include:

  • WantedDesign Brooklyn (May 16-20) - WantedDesign Brooklyn at Industry City will highlight what the campus is all about—a place where innovators and makers meet. This fair will feature exhibitions around design research, immersive installations, workshops, and cultural collaborations. Design education will be a major focus with the largest grad show ever seen during NYCxDESIGN, with over 30 international schools participating. This is part of the IC Design Festival, which has extensive programming for the entire family.
  • WantedDesign Manhattan (May 18-21) – WantedDesign Manhattan is one of the leading destinations for international design, featuring designers from France, Mexico, Brazil, El Salvador, Colombia, Chile, Canada, and more. This design fair includes several notable programs to interest both established and emerging designers and design fans alike, including The Launch Pad design competition and The Look Book, a showcase of US and Canadian designers. Design Milk, Clever, and WantedDesign will co-host a series of engaging conversations.

BROOKLYN DESIGNS (May 10–12) – BROOKLYN DESIGNS, taking place this year at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, showcases the highest quality furnishings, lighting, home accessories, and technology. In addition to a curated exhibition of 60+ Brooklyn-based design brands and studios, including group shows by Cooler Gallery, In the Pursuit, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the show will feature compelling talks, hands-on design workshops, multi-sensory experiences, art activations, and insider tours of the Yard.

Design Districts – This year’s NYCxDESIGN includes a growing number of design districts. As in years past, most of the districts will host design nights within their districts. Details are below:

  • Downtown Design District – Spearheaded by the Downtown Alliance, this new district represents design happenings south of Chambers Street in Manhattan.
  • Soho Design District
  • NoMad Design District
  • Madison Avenue Design District
  • Tribeca Design District

Retail - During NYCxDESIGN, the following retailers and pop-up markets will be showcasing the best of design products from around the world:

Hospitality Partners – NYCxDESIGN partners with a curated list of restaurants and hotels where design is at the heart of the hospitality experience. DRINKSxDESIGN features bespoke, design-inspired cocktails to introduce the culinary world into the NYCxDESIGN line-up. Visit for the full list of participating restaurants. NYCxDESIGN hotel partners are more than just a place to stay. With design in their DNA, the design experience extends past the hotel room to the public and outdoor spaces. Select hotels have collaborated with designers and brands to produce exhibitions and installations on view during NYCxDESIGN:


Design Galleries

Museums – Multiple prestigious cultural institutions will be participating in this year’s celebration to cross-promote their special exhibitions, activities, and program offerings.

Design Schools – Several of NYC’s design schools will also present their annual end-of-year events to highlight cutting-edge student work. A sampling of these events include:


Open Houses/Studios

Key Statistics on NYC’s Design Industry
NYCxDESIGN 2018 hosted nearly 340,000 visitors from across the country and around the world, including over 144,000 new visitors. Attendees supported hundreds of events throughout the five boroughs, such as the DESIGN PAVILION in Times Square and the second annual NYCxDESIGN Awards, contributing more than $109 million to New York City’s gross city product. Nearly 1,500 part-time employees were hired to support nearly 400 NYCxDESIGN events.

New York City is home to over 7,700 design establishments and 52,500 practicing designers, making it one of the largest design hubs in the country and the world. On average, those employed in the design sector earn $103,750 a year, which indicates substantial opportunities for income mobility. New York City is also home to ten prominent design and architecture schools and graduates twice as many design and architecture students as any other city in the US.

Missed NYCxDESIGN 2018?
If you missed last year’s celebration, check out this video for 2018 highlights. Please be sure to visit for more updated event information, and to learn how you can be part of the action.

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NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s annual celebration of design, attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees and designers from across the globe. Taking place each May, the event celebrates a world of design and showcases over a dozen design disciplines through exhibitions, installations, trade shows, panels, product launches, open studios, and more. And, like design itself, NYCxDESIGN is everywhere, with events taking place across the city’s five boroughs. Brought to life by NYCEDC, in conjunction with a steering committee of leading members of New York City’s design community, NYCxDESIGN highlights the unique creative, cultural, educational, and economic opportunities in New York City.