NYCxDESIGN is New York City’s annual celebration of design. Attracting hundreds of thousands of attendees and designers each year, it celebrates a world of design and showcases a range of design disciplines through exhibitions, installations, trade shows, panels, open studios, product launches and much more. Taking place across the city’s five boroughs, it highlights the unique creative, cultural, educational and economic opportunities in NYC. The LuxPad takes a look at some of the stand-out exhibitions at this year’s event…
Design Pavilion™ in Times Square
This year’s Design Pavilion™ theme is “From This Day Forward” and the nine-day event has expanded across five plazas from 42nd to 47th street. Expecting to attract more than 3 million local and international visitors, it features an NYCxDESIGN information kiosk, dedicated dance and performance space, interactive and engaging design driven installations, performances, talks and retail.
Many of New York’s most prestigious cultural institutions are participating in this year’s celebration to cross promote special exhibitions and program offerings:
- Brooklyn Museum – on May 18th the Brooklyn Museum will host Dance Party: Night of 1,000 Bowies.
- Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) – Tarsila do Amaral and Being: New Photography 2018 will be on view.
- Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) – Derrick Adams: Sanctuary and La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border.
- Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum – The Color Exhibition is debuting during NYCxDESIGN. Featuring over 170 historic and contemporary works from the permanent collection and library, it explores how color is an important tool for designers of virtually all disciplines.
Ultraviolet Cocktail: A TEALEAVES x Pantone Color of the Year Cocktail
The TEALEAVES x Pantone #PaletteForYourPalate collaboration will feature a refreshing cocktail inspired by the new Pantone Color of the Year, Ultraviolet. Using tea as their muse and with glass as their canvas, the mixologist will create a work of art using tea, color & mood.
The third annual NYCxDESIGN Awards, organized in partnership with Interior Design magazine and ICFF will take place on May 21st. Submissions opened on February 1st and the winners will be determined by a panel of New York design luminaries.
Many of New York’s design schools including Pratt Institute, School of Visual Arts and Fashion Institute of Technology, are holding events throughout the celebrations, some of the events include:
- Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) – FIT is hosting the Graduating Student Exhibition which will feature award-winning, juried and thesis projects from 17 majors including Computer Animation and Interactive Media, Fashion, Jewelry, Packaging and Toy Design.
- The Cooper Union – Opening May 22nd, the annual Cooper Union End of Year Show transforms the classrooms and studios of The Cooper Union into galleries showcasing wok from the Architecture, Art, and Engineering Schools.
- Parson School of Design – The Parsons Festival is an annual series of art and design events taking place at the end of the academic year, in which cutting-edge student work is presented to the Parsons community and the public.
International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF)
The 30th annual ICFF NYC, North America’s platform for global design, will unveil several major new features for this year’s NYCxDESIGN:
- VIA: “No Taste for Bad Taste’ – showcasing the very best new innovation in French furniture design, with Philippe Stark, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Jean-Paul Gaultier and more.
- 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 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.
- The Handmade in Germany World Tour – presents 180 German galleries of beautiful art objects.
New for 2018, Brookfield Place and artist Carlos Rolón will put a spotlight on the worldwide trend of bicycle riding as a sustainable means of transportation. The exhibition will explore the mix of engineering and craftsmanship, ranging from cutting-edge designs to populist expressions, that moves us forward on wheels.
Tom Dixon Flash Factory
Internationally renowned British design brand, Tom Dixon, is expanding and opening a new store with various activities during NYCxDESIGN. In the new Greene St store in SoHo, guests will learn more about the brand’s US expansion, see the latest products being unveiled and see how Tom Dixon manufactures a limited edition Etch Light.