NYCxDesign – world’s largest design hub

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7, 756 design establishments and 52,500 practicing designers make up the design capital of the world: New York City. Multiply this number x-fold for the time between 11 to 23 May 2018 when hundreds of thousands more designers and design interested people descend on the city for the annual NYCxDesign. NYCXDESIGN_Logos-2018-WHITE-squareThe design show is a collaboration of New York City Economic Development Corporation, City agencies, the Mayor’s Office, City Council, and a steering committee comprising designers, artists, manufacturers, and thinkers. In its sixth year, the event spreads out over the five boroughs and takes over public and private institutions of all sizes and forms. NYCxdesign crosby-studios-opening-ceremony-furniture-nycxdesign_dezeen-1704x1704The aim as in previous years is to let the visitors and guests experience the vibrant design scene, learn more about the urban quality of life, explore the creative ecosystem, and encourage more collaboration.
NYCxDesign is cross-disciplinary and covers architecture, design education, thinking, digital, technology, craft, engineering, fashion, film, furniture, graphic design, manufacturing, interior design, landscape, product design, theater, urban design and more. NYCxdesign george-washington-bridge-2098351_640There are many, many events that are taking place and that are set up independently under the same theme of NYCxDesign. In fact, there are so many that it is best to check out the website for a program and a game plan how to best tackle them and schedule visits in order not to miss anything. The world’s biggest design event covers twelve disciplines comprising also exhibitions, installations, trade shows, panels, product launches, open studios etc. NYCxdesign norway-new-york-design-exhibit-usa_dezeen_2364_sq3-1704x1704It unites culture and education. One of the events that demonstrates this beautifully, is the New York Times – Times Talks. It is a series of live conversations and performances with NYTimes journalists and their famous guests from the fields of film, theater, art, music, literature, innovation, and fashions. NYCxdesign spirit-of-the-city-united-visual-artists-ado-nycxdesign_dezeen_sqDuring the NYCxDesign conversations with David Adjaye and Thelma Golden, Christo, and David Rockwell, with whom we recently worked during the Milan Design Week, and Isabel Toledo are scheduled. While a lot of the events are free during the festival, this is one that needs to be booked. So, better not wait to get the tickets. NYCxdesign inflate-design-pavilion-nycxdesign_dezeen_sq-1704x1704Two interesting awards are awarded at the NYCxDesign. The own NYCxDesign Awards are presented by ICFF and the design magazine Interior Design. This celebration takes place for the third time on 21 May 2018, just shortly before ICFF opens its doors. The other is the Rado Star Prize that is a worldwide design competition for emerging designers from a variety of design disciplines. This year’s theme for this award is ‘Design inspired by Nature’. NYCxdesign new-york-690375_640From Time Squares to all the boroughs of New York City, there are things to discover during this time. Design serves to unite culture, education, and industry. As a strong pillar of New York City’s economy, it is a not only a good occasion to celebrate the profession but also the city.

Source: some photos for NYCxDesign are courtesy of Dezeen.

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