David Adjaye And Thelma Golden Talk, And More Kicks Off Today At NYCxDESIGN 2018

May 11, 2018

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today kicked off the start of NYCxDESIGN 2018, New York City’s annual celebration of design. The launch of the sixth edition of the program, held at Design Pavilion in Times Square, previewed hundreds of events happening around the city from May 11 to 23, 2018. 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.

“Now in its sixth year, NYCxDESIGN is bigger and better than ever. The citywide celebration of design unites all types of designers and premier institutions to showcase the industry’s thriving presence and economic importance here in New York,” said Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen.

“NYCxDESIGN is a celebration of New York City’s design community, and we’re proud to galvanize and support its growth,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett. “The city’s design industry is creating good-paying jobs for a wide range of New Yorkers throughout the creative ecosystem, and the next two weeks of programming are sure to deliver a strong stimulus for the city’s economy.”

NYCxDESIGN programming is informed by a steering committee comprised 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 many more.

“NYCxDESIGN provided a purpose and platform from which we launched Design Pavilion, a long-time passion and concept that finally was able to come to fruition with the support of the local and worldwide network and outreach of NYCxDESIGN and our joined efforts. The design world at large suddenly grew closer, more intimate and collaborative through NYCxDESIGN. For Design Pavilion, NYCxDESIGN and the efforts of NYCEDC mean leadership, direction, connection, framework, structure, unity, collaboration, strength in numbers, visibility on a world stage, communication, broad reach, driving force, economic development and building a stronger industry together,” said Founding Producer of Design Pavilion, Ilene Shaw.

“We launched the NYCxDESIGN Awards to celebrate our beloved city and showcase New York City’s best and brightest—that are literally bursting from every borough” proclaims Interior Design Editor in Chief, Cindy Allen. “Product and project entries came from over 24 different countries and all five boroughs… with over 350 manufacturers and 168 firms submitting: a perfect combination of global design meeting our own home town. All winners and honorees will be announced on May 21, so ready, set, go, and let the design month begin!”

“The meteoric rise of NYCxDESIGN to global prominence has been instrumental in bringing many thousands of additional architects, designers, developers, and high wealth design lovers into New York City and consequently to ICFF, said ICFF Event Director, Kevin O’Keefe. We have been enthusiastic supporters of the NYCxDESIGN initiative which works so well in continuing to position New York as the design capital of the world.”

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“Since the establishment of NYCxDESIGN our local design organizations have really been able to come together as a true design community. Our collaboration and support of each other’s efforts have allowed all of our activities to thrive more than ever. For SoHo Design District, as a small non-profit organization, it is challenging to gain the traction we aim for but thanks to NYCxDESIGN’s team, the steering committee and their promotions of our efforts, we have made huge strides over the past few years. We are grateful to have this network of support and look forward to many more successful events together in the future,” said Dahlia Latif of SoHo Design District.

“In just six years, NYCxDESIGN has become one of the premiere design weeks in the world, thanks to the leadership and creativity of NYCEDC and the larger NYC design community,” said Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, Co-Founders of WantedDesign. “The citywide celebration allows us to continually grow WantedDesign while better responding to the needs of the industry, and we are proud to be a part of the steering committee that makes it all come together.”

“The future of New York City’s creative economy is in the hands of tomorrow’s talent—and they are studying at institutions like FIT,” said Dr. Joyce F. Brown, President, FIT. “NYCxDESIGN provides FIT and the Museum at FIT with a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with the greater art and design community while also showcasing the work of our talented, unconventional students—tomorrow’s creative leaders.”

“As the only true Brooklyn-made interior design show, BROOKLYN DESIGNS is certainly a celebration of designers, but it’s also a vehicle to showcase the prominent makers in the borough. The design industry makes up 25 percent of manufacturing jobs in Brooklyn and is a true driver of the New York economy. New York City Economic Development Corporation understands the importance of this community and has encouraged their growth by giving birth to NYCxDESIGN, New York’s leading showcase of design. To be part of this grand celebration that spans all of New York City with its unique events, and opportunities for economic progress, strengthens the purpose and reach of BROOKLYN DESIGNS. For that…we are quite grateful,” said Brooklyn Chamber President and CEO Andrew Hoan.

For 2018, NYCxDESIGN is pleased to have Swiss watchmaker, Rado, return for the third year as the Official Watch Sponsor of NYCxDESIGN. As part of its participation, Rado will host the third stateside edition of the Rado Star Prize at WantedDesign Manhattan. The Rado Star Prize, a worldwide design competition, looks to support emerging designers and give them a platform to present their work. This year’s theme will focus on the concept of “Design Inspired by Nature”—a theme that hopes to explore the influence nature can have on design.

Below are programming highlights from this year’s NYCxDESIGN. For more information on these events and more, visit nycxdesign.com:

(NEW) Maker’s Row+New York City Web Series – Maker’s Row has teamed up with Google, NYCEDC, and the CFDA to create the Maker’s Row+New York City Web Series, a seven-part webisode series hosted by Maker’s Row CEO Matthew Burnett featuring seven (7) NYC designers who tell the unique story of their brand, creative process, and what it takes to make their products in New York City. May 14, 46:30 pm, Google, Chelsea Market 2nd Floor.

(NEW) American Design Club BUILT – The American Design Club is a platform for creative brands to show, share, and sell their work. The 2018 theme for the American Design Club’s 14th design show is, BUILT. May 1123, 11am7 pm (Sundays 126 pm), Canal Street Market.

(NEW) Prelude to the Shed – Prelude to The Shed is a free, two-week arts event that will temporarily transform an undeveloped lot into a dynamic public space for new work and dialogue. Programming will take place days and evenings in a flexible space designed by Kunle Adeyemi. May 1May 13, 11:30 am–9 pm31st Street and Tenth Avenue.

(NEW) DRINKSxDESIGN – Let your palate take over at a select group of restaurants, curated by NYC & Company, for an NYCxDESIGN-inspired cocktail available for purchase during your design-filled schedules. Participating restaurants include Bâtard, Beauty & Essex, Nobu Downtown, Robert at the Museum of Arts and Design, Temple Court, The Dining Room at the Metropolitan Museum, The Sea Grill, Tribeca Grill, and Untitled. May 11–23, various locations.

(NEW) BKLYN Fashion Academy presents: Mode en Couleur Runway Show – The BKLYN Fashion Academy is a 12-week intensive program that will provide 15 aspiring fashion designers with everything they need to create a mini collection for free, culminating in a fashion show, entitled “Mode en Couleur” (Fashion in Color). May 11, 7–10 pm, Grand Lobby of Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library.

(NEW) UNKNOWN TERRITORIES by DESIGN PIER – DESIGN PIER proposes an exploration of places, stories, and cultures hiding behind every design object. Uncovering the historical, cultural and social context of the exhibits makes us see them beyond their aesthetics. Design Pier presents unique design pieces of leading edge designers from Asia, Middle East, and South and North America. May 19–23, Usagi Gallery, 163 Plymouth Street.

(NEW) kinder MODERN  kinder MODERN is a contemporary and vintage design gallery and studio. Applauded for its foundation in inspired and historical child design, kinder MODERN will feature two exhibits during NYCxDESIGN:

  • The gallery will show a retrospective of Lucas Maassen & Sons, made up of Thijme, Julian and Maris, a design/life collaborative engaging conversations through design education, manufacturing, inspiration into form and more. Come see the work, the process of three young boys into the brutal world of furniture design and making. May 11, 6–8 pm, 1133 Broadway, Suite 1610.
  • kinder MODERN will also feature a series of playful kinetic objects by American Wire-Sculptor Rodger Stevens on display in the gallery’s Project Space. May 11, 6–8pm, 1133 Broadway, Suite 1610.
(NEW) TimesTalks Art + Design Festival – In coordination with the New York Times, NYCxDESIGN presents three editions of TimesTalks Art + Design:
  • TimesTalks Art + Design Festival: David Adjaye and Thelma Golden: Sir David Adjaye OBE, one of the leading architects of his generation, in conversation with Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum of Harlem. Adjaye won renown for his design for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in Washington D.C. in 2016. May 18, 1–2 pm, TimesCenter 242 West 41st Street.
  • TimesTalks Art + Design Festival: David Rockwell and Isabel Toledo: The prolific architect David Rockwell and the Cuban-American fashion designer Isabel Toledo share a seemingly boundless versatility. His Rockwell Group has created designs for hotels, restaurants, performance spaces, work environments, and Broadway productions. She earned worldwide acclaim for designing Michelle Obama’s Inauguration dress. Hear them discuss their passion for design at this New York Times event moderated by New York Times fashion director Vanessa Friedman. May 18, 4–5 pm, TimesCenter 242 West 41st Street.
  • TimesTalks Art + Design Festival Presents Christo: A special presentation from the legendary artist celebrated worldwide for environmental works that are monumental yet ephemeral. Christo’s site-specific projects have included The Gates in Central Park, Wrapped Reichstag, the Umbrellas, Valley Curtain, and his most recent success, the Floating Piers on Italy’s Lake Iseo. He is currently devising plans for the Mastaba, a permanent project for Abu Dhabi that will be the largest sculpture in the world, made from 410,000 multi-colored oil barrels. May 18, 7–8 pm, TimesCenter 242 West 41st Street.

(NEW) A/D/O Presents Intermeddling: At the Edge of Art and Design – A/D/O, the creative space in Greenpoint by MINI focused on the future of design, presents Intermeddling: At the Edge of Art and Design. Presentations by Allan Wexler, Jemilla MacEwan, Haresh Lalvani, Leta Sobierajski & Wade Jeffree, and United Visual Artists. May 20, 4–9 pm, A/D/O, 29 Norman Avenue.

(NEW) Reimagining NYC’s Most Historic Public Market – After 78 years in its original postwar building, the historic Essex Street Market will move to a new home as the cornerstone of Essex Crossing, a multi-use development project that will transform the Lower East Side with 1.9 million square feet of residential, commercial, and community space. Tour the current market facility at 120 Essex Street, then put on hard hats for an exclusive look at the ongoing construction of the new market location, which has never been viewed by the public. May 11, 1–3 pm, 120 Essex Street.

(NEW) Discover El-Space – Join the Design Trust for a conversation and tour to discover El-Space, a design experiment to create a more hospitable pedestrian experience, greater environmental resiliency, and enhanced lighting. May 17, 6:30–8:30 pm, Industry City, 220 36th Street, Brooklyn.

(NEW) MakerBot Design and 3D Printing Challenge – MakerBot is hosting a design and 3D printing challenge: 3D Printing for Smarter Living. They are hand-picking some of NYC’s best to showcase their skills by designing a 3D printable object that can improve daily life, make a process more efficient, or improve a daily ritual. May 17, 6:30 pm, 1 MetroTech Center, 21st Fl., Brooklyn.

(NEW) Design Within Reach presents FURNISHING UTOPIA 3.0-Hands To Work – Design Within Reach presents Furnishing Utopia 3.0- Hands To Work, a curated exhibition exploring the topic of ‘chores’. May 19–22, 11 am–7 pm.

(NEW) Times Square Design Lab – This year the Times Square Alliance will proudly launch and feature inaugural prototypes from a new program to commission designs for public space from New York City designers. For NYCxDESIGN 2018, the Alliance will present its first prototypes in this program from designers Brad Ascalon, Joe Doucet, Louis Lim, Doug Fanning, and Hive Public Space. This commissioning program inaugurates Times Square as a lab for new solutions to enhance public spaces and as a venue to present New York’s design talent and community. May 11–23, Times Square Pedestrian Plazas.

(NEW) Designing Women II: Masters, Mavericks, Mavens – Egg Collective presents Designing Women II: Masters, Mavericks & Mavens, a dialogue across time and space featuring international work from contemporary and historical voices—women in media including furniture, ceramic, textile, jewelry, and lighting. Co-curators Hillary Petrie, Crystal Ellis & Stephanie Beamer of Egg Collective & Lora Appleton of kinder MODERN and the FDC intend DWII MMM to foster a conversation about how women have achieved success, blazed trails, and furthered their craft. May 10–June 1, 1 0am–6 pm, 304 Hudson Street, #307.

(NEW) west elm LOCAL Experiences – Natural Indigo Dyeing with Shira Entis – Participate in a hands-on indigo dyeing workshop with west elm LOCAL maker Shira Entis. Shira’s experience will cover basic indigo dye chemistry (how it works) + history. Together you’ll create your own natural indigo dye vat (bath), and Shira will give a quick lesson in shibori (resist dyeing via folding or tying) so that each student can dye a 10-oz. natural cotton canvas tote bag to take home. May 12–13, 1–4 pm, 250 44th Street, Studio #319.

(NEW) Red Hook Design Events – Red Hook invites visitors to a neighborhood walk, open studios, and an exhibition, coinciding with WantedDesign Brooklyn at Industry City. Studios will feature makers of large and small furniture, glass, textile, and ceramic, both bespoke and retail. The neighborhood walk will include retail and restaurant events. May 19–20.

(NEW) La French Tech Au MoMA – The MoMA Design Store will present “La French Tech” a selection of innovative, connected objects from the best startups from France, available exclusively during NYCxDESIGN. May 10–29, MoMA Design Store, 81 Spring Street and 11 W. 53rd Street.

(NEW) When We Were Young: Carlos Rolón – Brookfield Place and artist Carlos Rolón put a spotlight on the worldwide trend of
bicycle riding as a serious and sustainable means of transportation that is reshaping cities.  The exhibition explores the exquisite mix of engineering and craftsmanship, ranging from cutting-edge designs to populist expressions, that moves us forward on calibrated wheels. May 7–23, 8 am–10 pm, 230 Vesey Street.

(NEW) Luminism at 227 Fifth – To mark the inauguration of the NoMad Design District, renowned lighting designer Joel Fitzpatrick will create a light sculpture illuminating the top three floors of 277 Fifth Avenue. Envisioned as a beacon for the design district, the building will remain lit every night for two weeks, celebrating design by illuminating the NYC skyline. May 18–31, 8 pm–6 am, 277 Fifth Avenue.

(NEW) GenSpace – GenSpace will host a workshop in which participants will learn about and use mushroom mycelium—one of the most adaptable and resilient organisms on the planet. Come explore this fascinating fungi, and grow your own lampshade using mycelium. The event also includes a panel on the intersection of biology and design. The event is $100 per person. May 19, 12:30–3:30 pm, 140 32nd Street, Suite 108.

(NEW) Bronx River Art Center (BRAC) presents: Open Studios/Artists Create for Starlight Park – This is a free event for Studios/Artists Create for Starlight Park, and includes a tour of the new BRAC facility, as well as the exhibition opening for River Rising/Sube el Rio. May 17, 5:30–8 pm, Bronx River Art Center, 1087 E. Tremont Avenue.

(NEW) ddc Design Post – a Rare Live Demonstration of Paola Lenti’s Color Blending Process – Paola Lenti will celebrate NYCxDESIGN with a brief and very rare color blending process demonstration. Attendees will get a never-before-seen glimpse into the mindset of a veritable color virtuoso as she illustrates the expert chromatic orchestration that goes into each and every one of her award-winning fabrics. May 18, 6 pm, 501 Fifth Avenue, 14th Fl.

(NEW) Ralph Steadman x SONOS – In celebration of Ralph Steadman’s exhibit: “Gonzo Notes”, Sonos will be hosting a panel of selected notable guests that have worked over the years with Ralph Steadman and are familiar with his work. This will be a private event that will have an RSVP link on the invite. May 19, 7:45–9:30 pm, Sonos Store, 101 Greene Street. 

(NEW) FAD Market – FAD Market is a roving Fashion, Art and Design marketplace that travels seasonally to unique venues in Brooklyn. This spring, in celebration of NYCxDESIGN, FAD Market takes up residence at the Romanesque Revival building of Brooklyn Historical Society to present over 45 thoughtfully curated designers. May 19–20, 11 am–6 pm, 128 Pierrepoint Street, Brooklyn. 

(NEW) The Art and Architecture of Snug Harbor – Join a tour of America’s greatest concentration of original Greek revival buildings: Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. The immersive tour will explore the history of the site, urban architectural preservation, the aesthetics of monumentalism, and a thousand and one unique design elements of our buildings, among the first of New York City’s landmarks. The tour will finish with a viewing of current exhibitions in the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art. May 19, 3–4:30 pm, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island. 

(NEW) design:retail HONORS – The design:retail HONORS event will feature cocktails, roundtable discussions and awards ceremonies for the 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 and this year’s Markopoulos Award recipient. The evening will honor the industry’s most promising future leaders alongside the highest regarded visionaries. May 21, 6:30–9:30 pm.

(NEW) New York Design Center Contemporary Open House – Join the New York Design Center for an evening celebrating the finest in Contemporary Design. Tour showrooms, meet esteemed designers and view new products. Participating showrooms will offer special programming in honor of the evening. May 21, 5–8 pm, New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Avenue.

(NEW) Lonny Living Room at TicTail Market – Lonny Magazine, a San Francisco–based lifestyle and home decor magazine, partners with Tictail, the shopping destination home to the world’s best emerging designers, to launch Lonny Living Room: a curated, design-forward lounge space that brings the magazine’s west coast vibes to NYC. Come to eat, drink, shop, and of course get home decor tips from your favorite Lonny editors. May 21–25, 12–9 pm, 90 Orchard Street.

(NEW) “Madison Avenue: High Fashion & Historic Preservation” – An Architectural Walking Tour  – To capture the essence of NYCxDESIGN on Madison Avenue with its 29 blocks of landmark buildings between 57th and 86th Streets, and flagship contemporary modernization, the BID will offer a tour of Madison Avenue with leaders from its business and preservation communities. May 15, 5–7 pm, 57th–86th Streets.

(NEW) Crosby x Howard Street Block Party – Join retailers across Crosby St. & Howard St. in SoHo as they offer libations, special offers and discounts. May 17, 6–8 pm, 13 Crosby Street.

(NEW) Harry’s x Want Les Essentiels Installation – Want Les Essentiels and Harry’s are both centered around thoughtful design and quality craftsmanship. The two brands have collaborated to design a unique installation that will be displayed in Nomad’s Want Apothecary for one week. Guests are encouraged to visit the store to interact with the build. May 18, 6–9 pm, Want Apothecary Nomad, 1170 Broadway.

NYCxDESIGN Awards – The third annual NYCxDESIGN Awards, presented by Interior Design magazine and ICFF, will take place on May 21 at Pier 17 in Lower Manhattan. Tickets and more information are available at https://www.nycxdesign.com/nycxdesign-awards/May 21, 6–10 pm, Pier 17, 89 South Street.

DESIGN PAVILION TM in Times Square – DESIGN PAVILION features an NYCxDESIGN information kiosk, dedicated dance and performance space, interactive and engaging design driven installations, performances, talks, and retail. This year’s 2018 theme is “From This Day Forward,” and the nine-day event has expanded across five plazas from 42nd to 47th Streets. This year’s PAVILION also includes a special collaboration with Nasdaq to create and display live and visually engaging imagery and content on Nasdaq’s dramatic seven-story, cylindrical video tower and will broadcast design themed interviews and stories across Nasdaq’s social media channels to more than 2 million followers throughout the run of DESIGN PAVILION. May 12–20, 11 am–9 pm, Times Square Pedestrian Plazas.

DESIGN TALKS NYCTM – In conjunction with DESIGN PAVILION, DESIGN TALKS NYC (TM) will present a program of insightful, design thought leaders who will discuss the role and impact of design in the enhancement and improvement of our future. May 14–17, 3–7 pm, The Durst Organization, 4 Times Square.

Brooklyn Designs at Brooklyn Museum – Brooklyn Designs is moving to Brooklyn Museum from May 12 to 13 for the 15th edition of Brooklyn’s pioneering design event. Brooklyn Designs is a survey of the contemporary design scene in Brooklyn. Founded by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in 2003, it was one of the first design fairs to shine a spotlight on the borough’s creative economy and continues to serve as an incubator for emerging designers and a platform for established brands producing a range of creative products across furniture, lighting, accessories, and technology. The show will host a press preview on May 11. May 12–13, 11 am–5 pm, Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn.

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 Manhattan: This year’s WantedDesign Manhattan includes new programs such as Look Book, a program dedicated to North Americans independent design studios, the unveiling of the Rado Star Prize US for the third year in a row, a series of talks presented with Design Milk + Modenus, the awaited 4th American Design Honors awarding Brooklyn based designer Oliver Haslegrave and his new collection called Homework. Also included in this year’s programming is a pop-up restaurant featuring chefs from the Helsinki-based restaurant Nolla focused on a zero food waste philosophy and sustainable design, named Zero Waste BistroMay 19–22, 10 am–7 pm, Terminal Stores, 269 Eleventh Avenue.
  • WantedDesign Brooklyn: At Industry City, WantedDesign Brooklyn is becoming IC Design Festival by WantedDesign, activating the whole campus and engaging its community. WantedDesign Brooklyn includes Oui Design 3rd edition, a program in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, installation supported by the Swiss Consulate and a larger presence of design schools through exhibitions and the Design School workshop. Internationally renowned, large-scale pattern artist Camille Walala will launch her permanent, monolithic mural wrapping the façade of a prominent Industry City building. The Wanted Career Day will be organized with AIGA/NY Chapter and Coroflot. May 17–21, 11 am–6 pm, Industry City, 274 36th Street.

ICFF – The 30th annual ICFF NYC, North America’s platform for global design, will map the newest frontier of what’s best and what’s next. ICFF annually lures those in determined pursuit of design’s timely truths and latest trends to an encyclopedic exhibition of up-to-the-moment offerings, as well as a series of fascinating, fun, edifying programs, and a packed schedule of exhibits and features. May 20–23, 10 am–6 pm, Jacob K. Javits Center.

This year’s edition will unveil several major new features including:

VIA:”NO TASTE FOR BAD TASTE”, showcasing the very best new innovation in French furniture design, with Philippe Stark, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Matali Crasset, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, and more.

  • The Handmade in Germany World Tour presents 180 German galleries of beautiful art objects.
  • Collective Concept @ ICFF – With Collective Design fair’s move to March in 2018, it is launching Collective Concept @ ICFF to provide a platform for independent designers during NYCxDESIGN. A curated selection of designers have been invited to share what they consider “inspirational” or “alternative” thinking with the audience and longtime friends and colleagues at ICFF.
  • Metropolis CEU Credited Conference, where attendees can earn credits for professional licenses and certificates.
Design Districts – This year’s NYCxDESIGN includes a growing number of design districts.
  • Tribeca Design District – Taking place on May 17, the event will host showrooms that include Colony, David Weeks Studio, and Stillfried Wien. May 17, 7–10 pm, various locations.
  • NoMad Design District  On May 18, this white hot design district opens its collective doors to the public. Myriad showrooms will be hosting cocktail parties, activations, and individual events throughout the district. May 18, 6–9 pm, various locations.
  • SoHo Design District – On May 19, the SoHo Design District will host several NYCxDESIGN event hosts and attendees in their participating showrooms. May 19, 6–9 pm, various locations.
  • East Midtown Partnership – The Partnership includes the A&D and D&D Buildings, and additional home decor and decorative arts retail locations and showrooms on East 58th, East 59th, and East 60th Streets.

NYCxDESIGN Student Showcase! – At this year’s NYCxDESIGN festival, we welcome you to SHOWCASE: A Student Design Showcase Night, hosted by SVA’s MFA in Products of Design Department. The evening will feature leading design students from five top New York–area schools: SVA, FIT, Parsons, Pratt, and Cooper Union. Presentations will be dynamic, quick-fire-style, with each school’s students offering daring, progressive design projects around the theme: “Future Female.” May 14, 7–9 pm, SVA, 136 W. 21st Street, 7th Floor.

Design Schools – Several of NYC’s Design Schools will also present their annual end-of-year events to highlight cutting-edge student work.

Museums – Multiple prestigious cultural institutions will be participating in this year’s celebration to cross promote their special exhibitions, activities, and program offerings.
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum – Debuting during NYCxDESIGN, Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color Exhibition explores how color has captivated artists, designers, scientists, and philosophers for centuries. Featuring over 170 historic and contemporary works from the permanent collection and Smithsonian Design Library, the exhibition explores how color is an important tool for designers of virtually all disciplines. May 11, 2018–January 13 2019, 10 am, Cooper Hewitt, 2 East 91st Street.
  • Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) – Tanya Aguiñiga: Craft & Care debuted on May 8th and highlights the art and activism of Tanya Aguiñiga, founder of AMBOS. Also on view during NYCxDESIGN is Derrick Adams: Sanctuary and La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border as well as Surface/Depth: The Decorative After Miriam Schapiro. May 8–September 23, 10 am–9 pm, The Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle.
  • Brooklyn Museum – Brooklyn Designs is moving to Brooklyn Museum from May 12–13 for the 15th edition of Brooklyn’s pioneering design event. Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn.
  • Museum of Modern Art – The MoMA Design Store will present “La French Tech” a selection of innovative, connected objects from the best startups from France, and only available exclusively during NYCxDESIGN. May 10–29, MoMA Design Store, 81 Spring Street and 11 W. 53rd Street.
  • Museum at FIT – The Museum at FIT will showcase the FIT Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibition. May 9–24, 12–8 pm, FIT, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street.
  • The Ukrainian Museum  Traditional folk costumes have served as the inspiration for couture lines such as Jean Paul Gaultier’s spring 2006 collection, and the “vyshyvanka”—a recent runway favorite for designers. The exhibition Timeless Treasures features 20 complete folk costumes, intricately woven wrap skirts, embroidered shirts, elaborate headdresses, accessories, and more. March 14–September 23, 11:30 am–5 pm, Ukrainian Museum, 222 East 6th Street.
  • The Noguchi Museum  Akari: Sculpture by Other Means explores Noguchi’s near limitless ambitions for luminous paper lanterns as both sculptures and a way to transform any space into a home by making light an organizing sculptural principle. The exhibition also includes a fascinating selection of archival materials, with vintage photographs, advertisements, and Akari catalogues, that suggests that Noguchi’s thinking about the presentation of Akari was a continually shifting enterprise. February 28, 2018–January 27, 2019, 10 am–5 pm, The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rdRoad, Queens.
  • Museum of the City of New York  The Future City Lab is the interactive culmination of New York at Its Core, MCNY’s signature exhibition on New York’s past and present. The Lab invites you to consider the big challenges facing New York City today and to imagine solutions for a better future. The exhibition captures the pulse of the city through creative design games, immersive animated maps, data visualizations, and interpretations of New York’s diverse subcultures, street life, and the invisible patterns of city living. January 1–December 31, 10 am–6 pm, Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue.
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage  Each year, PSFK celebrates innovation and ideas driving the new customer experience at our flagship conference. In 2018, we’ll be bringing to life key trends through uplifting talks and stimulating activations by pioneers at renowned and rising companies across three spaces: Design & Experience, Reframing Business, and Insight Into Humanity. May 18, 8:30 am–5 pm, Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place.
  • The Jewish Museum – Kelly Taxter, Associate Curator moderates a discussion with artist Tom Burr and writer and critic Kirsty Bell focusing on central themes in the exhibition Marc Camille Chaimowicz: Your Place or Mine . . . May 17, 6:30–8 pm, The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue.

Architect’s Newspaper’s TECH+ Expo and Forum – This year’s TECH+ expo and forum are taking place on May 22, 2018. TECH+ is where leaders in these industries come together to network, discuss new ideas and techniques, and gauge where the future of the AEC industries will be and how we get there. The event will present the latest in smart building systems/IoT, advanced materials, networked sensors, and innovative products that help designers create the spaces of the future. May 22, 8 am–6 pm, Metropolitan West, 639 W. 46th Street.

Frog Design – Frog Design will host their second annual design competition on May 23. This year’s challenge: design a skateboard. No rules. New York’s creative community—including furniture and fashion designers, architects, woodworkers, and illustrators—comes together to benefit homeless youth. May 23, 7–10 pm, 55 Prospect Street, Brooklyn.

Archtober Preview – The AIA New York Center for Architecture will preview Archtober Building of the Day tours across the five boroughs. At the Center for Architecture, exhibitions on view include Social Housing – New European Projects, 2018 AIANY Design Awards, and New Practices New York 2018May 15–19, 12 pm, various locations.

AIANY Architectural Boat Tours – AIA New York and Classic Harbor Line have teamed up to offer daily boat tours of New York City. Choose from five distinct tours, all hosted by members of AIA New York. Expert guides provide lively narration covering architecture and engineering landmarks from all eras of the city’s history, as well as current urban planning and environmental issues impacting urban waterfronts. May 11–23, 62 Chelsea Piers.

Sight Unseen OFFSITE – Sight Unseen OFFSITE is an annual showcase of contemporary design by the best and brightest independent design studios, as well as select forward-thinking brands. Sight Unseen OFFSITE 2018 will take place both at 201 Mulberry and at boutiques around town, including Opening Ceremony, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and more. May 17–20, 11 am–7 pm, 201 Mulberry Street.

Design+ City – A blog hosted on NYCxDESIGN’s website as a space for stories that celebrate the city’s commitment to design to improve our urban quality of life. Design+ City’s goal is to educate the general public about the value of design and the role designers play in shaping the future of our cities.

Key Statistics on NYC’s Design Industry

NYCxDESIGN 2017 hosted nearly 350,000 visitors from across the country and around the world, including over 110,000 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 $54 million to New York City’s gross city product. Nearly 600 full-time and 2,040 part-time employees were hired to support more than 400 NYCxDESIGN events.

New York City is home to over 7,756 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 10 prominent design and architecture schools and graduates twice as many design and architecture students than any other city in the US.

Visit www.NYCxDESIGN.com for more information.

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