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NYCxDESIGN Returns, May 11–23, 2018


NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s annual showcase of all things design—and a showcase befitting the city’s premier status in the global design community—is returning for its sixth edition from May 11 to 23.

New York City is an undisputed global capital of design. As a leader in fashion, furniture, graphic design, architecture, interior design, and more, the city is the springboard to success for major design companies and entrepreneurs. NYCxDESIGN was created in collaboration with the New York City Council in 2013 to highlight the important role that the design industry plays in New York City’s economy, and to entice design enthusiasts from around the world to visit and explore the city’s diversity of design offerings.

Brought to life by New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) in conjunction with a steering committee of leading members of the city’s design community, NYCxDESIGN celebrates a world of design and features over a dozen design disciplines through exhibitions, installations, trade shows, panels, product launches, open studios, and more. NYCxDESIGN continues to grow each year, generating new interest from attendees, exhibitors, and the global design industry at large.

Design in NYC x the Numbers

  • The NYC metro area has over 52,000 designers—more than any other metro area in the US
  • The city is home to nearly 8,000 design firms and over 800 world-renowned institutions, including museums and galleries
  • Employment in design disciplines has grown more than 26% between 2006 and 2016
  • New York City is home to 10 of the nation’s best design and architecture schools, which graduate twice as many design and architecture students than any other city in the country

Success in 2017
The size and scope of the city’s design community was reflected in the success of NYCxDESIGN 2017. In 2017, the fifth year of the celebration, the event lasted 22 days, incorporated over 400 events, and attracted 347,000 attendees. NYCxDESIGN 2018 will be 13 days, but is shaping up to be bigger and better than years past.

New in 2018
The success of NYCxDESIGN has sparked the creation of new events and programming. Heading into its third year, the NYCxDESIGN Awards will move to the brand new Pier 17 at the Seaport District. Hosted by Interior Design Magazine and ICFF, the global design competition has grown to include more categories across even more major areas of design.

To spotlight local designers, Times Square Alliance will launch its first Design Lab, including prototypes of designs for public spaces by NYC-based designers. The Design Lab will be a part of the Design Pavilion which will return to Times Square, expanding to all five of the pedestrian plazas, with the theme “From This Day Forward.” One of Design Pavilion’s partners, Inflate, will take center stage with a 2,000-square-foot inflatable structure to house special exhibitions. Be sure to stop by this design hub to pick up your official guide to NYCxDESIGN, produced by Metropolis.

Students of Design
Several of the city’s design schools—including Pratt Institute, School of Visual Arts (SVA), The Cooper Union, FIT, and Parsons—will again collaborate on a best-of design showcase during NYCxDESIGN that will feature projects and presentations from graduating seniors.

Design in Retail
The retail sector is also a big part of the design industry, and NYCxDESIGN has seen continuous growth in retailer engagement and participation every year. In 2017, $67 million was spent by visitors. This is in part due to the expansion of New York City’s Design Districts in Soho, Tribeca, NoMad, and East Midtown. Crosby Street and Howard Street will also play their part in hosting a block party including thousands of design enthusiasts.

Design in Hospitality
NYCxDESIGN also extends to the hospitality industry. This year we launched a hotel partnership program to promote accommodations to the over 100,000 attendees who travel to New York City for NYCxDESIGN. Nine beautifully designed hotels are offering special NYCxDESIGN rates for guests to extend their design immersion by staying where design is at the heart of the experience. Expanding on this addition, one of the program’s goals this year is to prove that design is everywhere, even in food and drink. Launching this year is DRINKSxDESIGN, where you can 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.

Now that you have a taste of NYCxDESIGN 2018, don’t hesitate to sign up for the newsletter on  and follow along on Instagram at @nycxdesign to plan your own design journey.




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