NEW YORK – New York’s official celebration of design will return with the NYCxDESIGN 10th Anniversary Festival, to be held May 10-20, 2022. Established as a city-led initiative in 2013, the festival provides a global stage each year for designers, manufacturers, artists and makers to put design first. With city-wide and virtual events and programming centered around key design exhibitions, trade shows and fairs held annually in May, the Festival has become an internationally renowned event that unifies the creative capital. of New York under one umbrella, note the organizers of the event. In 2019, the Festival featured over 400 events, attracted 300,000 domestic and international attendees, and generated $111 million in visitor spending, attracting significant visibility and opportunities for design disciplines, people, events, and organizations. related industries in the city. In honor of its 10th anniversary, NYCxDESIGN will present new programming and interactive experiences at the Festival that invite audiences and the global design community to experience NYC in person and virtually through open studio tours, workshops, installations public events, lectures, tours and more. .
“As we continue to expand our nonprofit mission to support, empower and grow the city’s design community, we are thrilled to offer impactful year-round programming that builds on the influence of the Festival and creates more inclusivity and equitable opportunities for the city’s most creative minds and businesses to thrive,” says Elissa Black, Executive Director of NYCxDESIGN. “This 10th anniversary of the Festival is an especially meaningful time as we connect the national and international design community to the diversity of New York’s design talent that is shaping our collective future during this critical time of economic recovery.”
“We are proud to celebrate NYCxDESIGN’s 10th anniversary festival, showcasing the work of New York City artists and designers,” said Rachel Loeb, President and CEO of NYCEDC. “It is essential that the City continue to support and invest in the creative economy.
“Last year, we brought the Festival back through successful hybrid events, which were strong indicators of the design spirit of New York and the spirit of the design industry as a whole,” says Valerie Hoffman, NYCxDESIGN program director. “As we look forward to this year’s Special Anniversary Edition and future iterations, we will continue to bridge the gap between live and virtual experiences, creating powerful connections and exposing audiences near and far to the amazing New York design ecosystem.”
Among the highlights of the festival is ICFF: The International Contemporary Furniture Fair, North America’s leading platform for contemporary furniture design. The annual show will take place May 15-17, 2022 at the Javits Convention Center.
WantedDesign Manhattan will once again share ICFF premises, showcasing high-end North American studios (Look Book) and international emerging designers (Launch Pad) from May 15-17, 2022.
Other key events include the Design Pavilion and the NYCxDESIGN Awards, which also take place during the festival.
Design Pavilion, New York’s premier public design exhibition, returns with “Open to the Sky,” a new series of inspiring installations showcased across city landmarks including Times Square, Pulitzer Fountain Plaza, Flatiron Plaza and more again. Aligned with the citywide exhibition, Design Talks NOW 2022, in partnership with Neuehouse New York, will feature a new series of provocative conversations, panel discussions and panel discussions.
The 7th Annual NYCxDESIGN Awards recognize outstanding projects and products in categories that cover major areas of design and celebrate the spirit of NYC Design. The winners of the NYCxDESIGN awards will be announced at a special ceremony with Interior design magazine editor Cindy Allen, published in Interior designand promoted on Interior design and digital channels from NYCxDESIGN. For more information, visit nycxdesignawards.com.
NYCxDESIGN will also showcase new and revamped initiatives that reconnect audiences with some of the city’s most inspiring restaurants, hotels and public spaces.
In May, NYCxDESIGN will unveil the winning design installations from its inaugural competition, IMPACTxDESIGN, in partnership with Caesarstone. Designers Karim Rashid and Kickie Chudikova developed concepts for Dumbo Brooklyn and Downtown Manhattan, showing how dynamic design can enhance public space, one of the city’s most valuable resources, and foster engagement. Both structures will be visible in these public squares until winter 2023.
Building on its successful introduction during the November 2021 Festival, NYCxDESIGN will present the next edition of Open Studios. On select Festival days, NYCxDESIGN will host special tours of five design districts – Clinton Hill & Fort Greene, Nomad & Flatiron, Red Hook, Long Island City and Harlem – offering a behind-the-scenes look at some of the city’s finest neighborhoods. innovative design studios. Each limited-ticket tour will provide a unique opportunity to meet leading studio designers and see live demonstrations of their work. The walking tours will each end at a local hotspot to enjoy a lively cocktail hour with members of industry and design enthusiasts.
DRINKSxDESIGN will return in May with new partners and an expanded footprint to support New York’s dining and bar scene. As part of this flagship Festival program, a group of restaurants, organized by NYCxDESIGN with Eater and Punch, will each prepare a bespoke, design-inspired cocktail for attendees to enjoy when they reunite. The cocktails served will draw on the creative energy of the Festival, exploring themes ranging from architecture to sustainability in their design.
With STAYxDESIGN, NYCxDESIGN aims to connect its traveling Festival visitors with local hotels where design is at the heart of the hotel experience. Early confirmed partners include CIVILIAN, Ace Hotel Brooklyn, Ace Hotel New York, Arlo NoMad, Arlo Midtown, and Arlo SoHo. These special properties will offer welcome discounts to NYCxDESIGN attendees and will become design destinations during the Festival.
THE NEW GENERATION OF DESIGN
Coinciding with the end of the school calendar year, the NYCxDESIGN festival provides a platform for emerging design talent to showcase their skills through projects and wrap-up presentations and engage with the professional design community.
The annual NYCxDESIGN Student Showcase Night, in partnership with The Cooper Union, The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Parsons, Pratt and The School of Visual Arts (SVA), will return in May for the collaborative event of presentations by leading design students.
NYU’s Architecture and Urban Design Lab will present ChangeMakers, the thought-provoking final group project from undergraduate students in Professor Louise Harpman’s course.
Additional events, including walking tours, panel discussions, performances and exhibits, are planned across New York’s five boroughs as part of the Festival. Festival information and event registration can be found at festival.nycxdesign.org.