NYCXDESIGN, NEW YORK CITY’S OFFICIAL CELEBRATION OF GLOBAL DESIGN KICKS OFF TODAY
—Extended Programming Will Run from May 3 – 17, 2016, Includes Grand Opening of Design Pavilion, Addition of NYC Design Talks and the First Annual NYCxDESIGN Awards—
New York, NY – Now in its fourth year, NYCxDESIGN, the official citywide celebration of global design, kicks off today and runs until May 17. NYCxDESIGN focuses on the City’s cultural and commercial opportunities, elevates established and emerging design practices and increases awareness of and appreciation for design by audiences around the world.
“NYCEDC is proud to support NYCxDESIGN, an annual celebration that highlights the City’s role in the global design community and serves as a platform to showcase the talent of thousands of designers that hail from New York and beyond,” said Maria Torres-Springer, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. “As design jobs continue to grow exponentially in the metro area, New York City is a premier destination for designers, creators, and innovators to grow their business. I look forward to this year’s events and to expanded programming sure to come in 2017.”
“We encourage visitors and New Yorkers to experience the innovative and talented creativity showcased throughout the five boroughs during NYCxDESIGN,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “With expanded programing and new initiatives, the citywide celebration of design has quickly become part of the global conversation as a must-see event in NYC.”
The New York area has one of the largest numbers of practicing designers in the world. Having increased by over 30% in the last decade, the metro area is home to over 44,000 full time designers. Design firms generate over $236 million in City tax revenue annually.
In an effort to make sure New Yorkers in every neighborhood and from every background have access to opportunities available in the design industry, NYCEDC and NYC & Company have collaborated with diverse members of the design community and partnered with the City’s premier design schools to expand the NYCxDESIGN celebration to nearly 500 events taking place in all five boroughs.
For 2016, NYCxDESIGN is pleased to have Swiss watchmaker, Rado, as an official sponsor of NYCxDESIGN. As part of its participation, Rado launched the first stateside edition of the Rado Star Prize together with WantedDesign.
For a list of all registered NYCxDESIGN events, please visit: http://nycxdesign.com/event/.
New Initiatives for NYCxDESIGN 2016
The Design Pavilion (May 7-11, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
This year’s NYCxDESIGN celebration includes the opening of the Design Pavilion, a five-day public activation that will be located at Astor Place Plaza. The pavilion will serve as a central hub of information for visitors and includes a curated assemblage of creative structures and displays.
The result of increased global interest in the NYCxDESIGN celebration, the Design Pavilion is the collaboration between a variety of leaders in the city’s design industry and city organizations, including NYC & Company, all with the common goal of increasing awareness of the power of design. It will connect and engage the local community and NYCxDESIGN visitors with a unique experience that is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. between May 7 -11, 2016.
The Design Pavilion, with the support of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and NYC & Company will have a grand opening ceremony on Saturday, May 7th at 11:15 a.m. at Astor Place Plaza (map). The event is open to the press and public.
NYC Design Talks (Citywide)
NYC Design Talks feature some of today’s most insightful design thinkers exploring the relationship between design and community, the effects of design on everyday life and how it is shaping our future. Sessions will be held at The Cooper Union, Parsons - The New School for Design, and Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).
Sessions will include Rafael Viñoly, Michael Shvo, Paul Goldberger, IBM, Design Trust for Public Space, NYC Department of Design and Construction, AIGA, IDSA and more. All talks are free and open to the public. For a full list of scheduled NYC Design Talks, visit: http://design-pavilion.com/nyc-design-talks.html.
“Design Pavilion invites community engagement in celebration of NYCxDESIGN and will ultimately instigate a design awakening,” said Ilene Shaw, founding principal of event producer Shaw & Co. Productions, creator of Design Pavilion.
Design Pavilion and NYC Design Talks are produced by Shaw & Co. Productions with creative direction by Harry Allen Design.
NYCxDESIGN Awards (May 14 - 6 p.m.)
Interior Design magazine and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) will present the first annual NYCxDESIGN Awards. From graphic and urban design, to fashion, to architecture, to technology and more, the NYCxDESIGN Awards is a global design competition that celebrates outstanding achievement across major design fields.
This open and inclusive awards program will serve as a connector pulling together and rewarding excellence in design achievement from the over 500 events that comprise New York City’s showcase of global design. Honorees will be announced on May 7th. Winners will be awarded on May 14th at 6 p.m. at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). For more information, visit NYCxDESIGNawards.com.
About NYC EDC:
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is the City's primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC's mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City's competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City's many opportunities. Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, or visit our blog to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives.
About NYC & Company:
NYC & Company is the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide. For more information, visit nycgo.com.
Contact: NYC & Company / Chris Heywood 212-484-1270
NYC & Company / Caroline Peck 212-484-1270