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 NYCxDESIGN.com 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:
- Design Talks NYC and The Impact Summit, Times Square Design Lab (#TSQDL), Fernando Mastrangelo Studio’s Tiny House, Sound & Vision presented by the American Design Club, Azimut|Benetti Group’s 60ft Long Yacht, and more.
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.
- AD Art Show 2019 at the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center (April 29-May 31)
- Zaha Hadid Design Pop-Up at 10 Corso Como New York (May 10-22)
- The One Show (May 10-11)
- 9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center: Architecture, Urban Planning and History w AIANY | Downtown Design District (May 11)
- Renovating FiDi: Skyscrapers, Plazas and The Impact Of Zoning w/ AIANY | Downtown Design District (May 12)
- The Woolworth Building – Designing for the Next Generation(May 13)
- Fueling Change through Design at the Woolworth Building (May 14)
- Brands Bringing It – Dissecting Phygital Retail Experiences at the Woolworth Building (May 14)
- Architectural Tours of the Oculus at Westfield WTC (May 15)
- Discover the Water Street Corridor with AIANY | Downtown Design District (May 19)
- Soho Design District
- SoHo Design District Celebrates NYCxDESIGN (May 18) – SoHo Design District Celebrates NYCxDESIGN hosting attendees in each of our many showrooms including: Flou, Ligne Roset, Atelier Alain Ellouz, Gandiablasco & Vibia, and Luceplan. Visit sohodesigndistrict.org for all participating showrooms.
- FLOS Showroom Event (May 18)
- Dom Interiors and Valcucine Present Logica Celata (May 18)
- Lee Broom Presents New Editions of Observatory (May 17-22)
- Design Talk Roundtable at Michele Varian (May 21)
- NoMad Design District
- Baccarat la Maison Debut at Luxury Living Showroom (May 10-31)
- Jacopo Foggini Installation at DDC (May 10-31)
- The Power of Creative Collaboration And Cross-Continental Design at Sacco Carpet (May 16)
- Nomad Design District Night (May 17)
- Design + Champagne @ 277 Fifth Avenue (May 17)
- Poliform Showroom Cocktails (May 17)
- Nomad Design District Night at Arlo Nomad (May 17)
- The Power of Creative Collaboration and Cross-Continental Design at Sacco Carpet (May 16)
- The Texture Below Inspires the Light Above at Sacco Carpet(May 17)
- Want Apothecary x Misha Kahn – An Extraordinary Journey(May 17-22)
- Madison Avenue Design District
- Galerie Magazine Talk: on Madison Avenue: “Landmarks of Style: Modern Interpretations of Timeless Architecture” (May 14)
- “Madison Avenue: High Fashion & Historic Preservation” – An Architectural Walking Tour (May 21)
- Hemlines from Skylines: Architectural Fashion Sculptures on Madison Avenue By SVA (May 10-22)
- Lazzoni Launches New Collection and Grand Opening Event of Madison Showroom (May 21)
- Tribeca Design District
- Tribeca Design District Night (May 16) – In conjunction with NYCxDESIGN 2019, Tribeca Design District is opening its doors to the public. Some of the showrooms include Colony, David Weeks Studio, Stillfried Wien, Montauk Sofa, Urban Archeology, and Room.
- Pas de Deux at Colony (May 17-31)
Retail - During NYCxDESIGN, the following retailers and pop-up markets will be showcasing the best of design products from around the world:
- Fashion, Art, and Design (FAD) Market (May 11–12)
- Brooklyn Navy Yard Design Market (May 10–15)
- NYC Jewelry Week Presents: Emerging Jewelers X Jonathan Adler(May 10-19)
- The Atitlan Project at West Elm Chelsea (May 13-22)
- Shop the Look, 5th Floor at The New York Design Center (May 20)
- Flatiron District Design Week Store Tours (May 10-16)
- Madison Avenue Design Week Store Tours (May 17-22)
- Greene Street District Design Week Store Tours (May 17-22)
- Knoll Hosts Piero Lissoni During NYCxDESIGN (May 20)
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 NYCxDESIGN.com/drinks 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:
- Inside/Out: New Directions in Contemporary Outdoor Furniture at The William Vale (May 12-28) – In celebration of NYCxDESIGN, Kin & Company and Asa Pingree have come together to produce and curate Inside/Out, the first and only bespoke installation focused on outdoor furniture during Design Week, hosted by The William Vale and with support from Sight Unseen and Wescover.
- Arlo Soho X Indiewalls: Experience A.R.T. in Bloom (May 10-22) – Arlo SoHo and Indiewalls are partnering up to transform A.R.T., Arlo Roof Top Bar, into a botanical wonderland complementing the hotel’s seasonal theme, Arlo Blooms.
- In Conversation With Hollis+Morris Artist: Mischa Couvrette at Arlo Soho (May 17) – Meet Mischa Couvrette from the Toronto-based furniture and lighting firm Hollis+Morris, as he sits down with Arlo Hotels to talk identity, craft, and the release of his new Bloom Collection featuring the celebrated Willow Pendant.
- Garden of Secrets: Botanical Cocktails in the Garden at Arlo Soho with Tealeaves (May 18)
- Renew Me: Design for the End of the World (May 10)
- Kinder Modern + USM (May 10-22)
- NYC Department of Transportation Art – Self-Guided Public Art Tour(May 10-22)
- On-Off Performance NYC (May 11)
- Futureworks Makerspace All-You-Can-Make Open House at the Brooklyn Army Terminal (May 11 and 18)
- Kara Walker Presents the Colossus of Rutgers at the Brooklyn Army Terminal (May 12-25)
- UNEARTH ASIA by DESIGN PIER (May 15-19)
- California Dreaming (May 16)
- Outpost + Harley Davidson Present Masters of Design (May 16)
- NEXT LEVEL (May 17-24)
- Industry & Art – East NY, Brooklyn (May 18)
- Urban Imprint by Studio Ini at A/D/O (May 17-September 2)
- Forgotten Half: Feminine as a part of the Whole with Aki Baker at Newhouse Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden (May 18)
- An Accelerated Culture, Friedman Benda (May 2-June 8)
- R & Company Italian Radical Design Exhibition (May 16-June 18)
- Mauro Mori Exhibition, Les Ateliers Courbet (May 22-June 22)
- Aldo Bakker: Slow Motion, Cocktail Reception, Carpenter’s Workshop(May 21)
Museums – Multiple prestigious cultural institutions will be participating in this year’s celebration to cross-promote their special exhibitions, activities, and program offerings.
- Nature – Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial (May 10-January 20)
- MOMA Design Store Celebrates the Value of Good Design (May 1-29)
- Boroughs in Business: Art and Commerce in New York City, American Folk Art Museum (May 11)
- Museum at FIT – The 2019 Graduating Student Exhibition (May 14-29)
- Explorations of Aroma at Cooper Hewitt (May 16)
- Garden of Secrets: Screening & Intimate Discussion at the Cooper Hewitt Nature Exhibition (May 18)
- Cooper Hewitt Presents the Experience Cafe (May 22)
- Museum of Arts and Design – Non-Stick Nostalgia: Y2K Retrofuturism in Contemporary Jewelry (March 21-July 21)
- Museum of Arts and Design - Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics 1976-1986 (April 9-August 18)
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:
- Student Design Showcase Night (May 13) – In addition to the year-end gallery shows and exhibitions, the schools will be hosting their annual “Student Design Showcase Night” at Parson’s School of Design, featuring leading design students from five different schools including Parsons, SVA, Pratt, FIT, and Cooper Union. The theme of this year’s event will be “Power.”
- Parsons Festival 2019 (May 1–20)
- Lab || Architecture and Urban Design at NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study (May 13)
- FIT’s School of Art and Design – The 2019 Graduating Student Exhibition (May 14-29)
- SVA MFA Products of Design Thesis Presentations (May 14)
- Pratt Shows: Design (May 15-20)
- FIT Art & Design Gallery – The Future Is in the Making Exhibition(May 15-29)
- Columbia GSAPP End of Year Show Opening Reception (May 18)
- The Cooper Union End of Year Show (May 20-June 9)
- NYSID BFA Thesis Exhibition (May 20-August 15)
- Bard Graduate Center Gallery – Designer’s Salon: Typography Today(May 22)
- NYC Walks: East River by Ferry with Open House New York and Architecture Critic John Hill (May 11)
- NYDesigns + Queens Library Entrepreneurship Panel (May 11)
- South Bronx Baton: In Community Land We Trust (May 11)
- Adaptive Reuse At Snug Harbor Cultural Center And Botanical Garden (May 12)
- Design Diplomacy (May 13-22)
- Person Place Thing with Randy Cohen Featuring Bjarke Ingels at Center for Architecture (May 13)
- Archtober Preview (May 14-18)
- Collecting and Living with Danish Modern: Crafting a Modern Lifestyle at Center for Architecture (May 14)
- Designing with Humanity at SYP Partners (May 14)
- NYC Walks: 57th Street Transect with Open House New York and Architecture Critic John Hill (May 14)
- Woodworking 101 at NYDesigns (May 14)
- Unnatural Habitat at Pelle (May 15)
- Totokaelo x Gray Conversation Series (May 15-18)
- NYC Jewelry Week Presents “Jewelry Outside the Jewelry Store: A Conversation” at Jonathan Adler (May 16)
- Discover El-Space 2.0 with Design Trust for Public Space and NYC Department of Transportation (May 16)
- David Berlow : Beyond The Quest For The Perfect Uppercase Partial Differential at Google HQ (May 16)
- WIX Playground Presents: It’s Nice That (May 16)
- Emre Arolat: Scent of the Trace (May 17)
- The Augmented Designer at A/D/O (May 20)
- Digital Fabrication 101: Laser Cutting at NYDesigns (May 21)
- Design Royalty at the D&D Building (May 22)
- Labors of Love; Great Designers on Creating Books That Showcase Their Finest Work at the D&D Building, Matteo Gennari Showroom(May 22)
- Rams Presented by Squarespace (May 22)
- Tala Open Studio (May 10-22)
- Carl Hansen & Søn Launches New Designs at Flagship Store (May 10-22)
- Opening Reception: 100 Years of Adjustable Light at Goethe Institute(May 15)
- One-Day Open-House – The Reveal of Skyliner & Reed Bath Collections at Cooper & Graham Showroom (May 15)
- Open Studio: Terreform & Michael Sorkin Studio (May 15)
- FROG 50: Decades of Innovation (May 16)
- Greenery: Unlimited || Open House (May 17)
- Day of Design at the New York Design Center (May 20)
- Humanscale Open House & Toast to Freedom20 (May 21-22)
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 NYCxDESIGN.com 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.