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NYCxDesign: Makers, Jewelers and Design for Production in NYC


By Alison Hodgson, Senior Project Manager, Industrial Initiatives

Don’t miss NYCxDesign, a citywide celebration of design from May 10-21, 2013 to kick off year-round design happenings and events in New York City. From studio tours and talks to exhibit openings, NYCxDesign opens the inner workings of the world’s design capital for public view and interaction. You can find a searchable listing of all NYCxDesign events at, but here are our picks:

Next Top Makers Open Studio
Monday, May 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
NYDesigns, 45-50 30th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101

Come catch up with New York’s Next Top Makers finalists as they turn their product prototypes into businesses. Selected by expert judges and a public vote, the six finalists represent the latest trends in independent product entrepreneurship. They have recently entered a five-month studio phase powered by an IncubateNYC curriculum and hosted at NYDesigns as part of NY's Next Top Makers, an NYCEDC program designed to act as a business accelerator for New York City-based product entrepreneurs, inventors and makers. Thoughts, feedback and new connections are encouraged! 

RSVP through Eventbrite required. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Hot Rocks and Heavy Metal: Jewelry Design and Manufacturing in NYC
Tuesday, May 21 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM
The Diamond Dealer’s Club, 580 Fifth Avenue at 11 West 47th Street, New York City

Consumers, designers and jewelers from all over the world flock to 47th Street, the “Diamond District,” to find stone dealers, casting houses, raw materials, and inspiration. Join NYCEDC, the 47th Street BID, and CJ Recht for "Hot Rocks and Heavy Metal," an evening of presentations and networking at the Diamond Dealer’s Club, an institution at the heart of the City’s jewelry industry.

Since its founding in 1931, the Diamond Dealer’s Club (DDC) has grown into the largest diamond trade organization in the United States, has launched the first virtual diamond trading floor, and has developed a reputation as one of leading diamond exchanges in the world. Embodying the combination of tradition and technology, this venue is the perfect place to meet and mingle with the people behind the jewelry: artisans, educators, manufacturers and casters that bring hot rocks and heavy metal to life.

RSVP through Eventbrite required. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Design for Production: Manufacturers and Designers in New York City
May 19, 20 and 21 – Locations and events across boroughs

NYDesigns and the Pratt Center for Community Development present two panel discussions and two "factory" tours during NYCxDesign week that will highlight distinctive design and production collaborations between manufacturers and designers in New York City. The discussion will unpack the relationship between the two groups and explore the evolution and potential for local concept development, prototype and production. The designers and manufacturers featured represent two unique and thriving sectors in New York City, 3D Printing and Metal Fabrication.

Visit to register for the tours and panels, which will take place at international design event Wanted Design

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