Spring is finally here, and New York Design Week is coming up fast! New York Design Week is an annual celebration hosted by NYCxDesign that invites designers, creatives and enthusiasts around the world to participate in a marathon of design exhibitions, trade-shows, panels, product launches, installations and open studios throughout NYC. From May 10th through the 22nd, you have a chance to participate in one of the biggest design events of the year and experience the refreshing changes and breakthroughs in the world of design. Our team created this guide to help you navigate this exciting week.
May 19 – May 22
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center - 655 West 34th Street, NYC
ICFF is a high-end contemporary furniture fair that showcases over 900 exhibitors from around the globe. The event begins with the NYCxDESIGN aware ceremony that gives out awards to leading designers in different industries. The event continues for the following four days, showcasing leading designer lines for architects, interior designers, developers and visual merchandisers. The first three days are geared towards trade-professionals, but the last day is open to the public.
May 16 – May 20
Industry City - 274 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232
May 18 – May 21
Terminal Stores - 269 11th Avenue, NY 10001
Wanted Design is an international design event that takes place in two locations: Manhattan and Brooklyn. The intention of the event is to provide a platform where designers can gather and form a creative community. The event features innovative installations, product showcases from manufacturers, student workshops, interactive experiences and engaging discourse about design.
May 10 – May 12
Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 77 - 141 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn
Brooklyn Designs is a design event that showcases a cross selection of design, architecture and art. Founded by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the show features a milieu of exhibits, installations and demonstrations from Brooklyn creatives.
May 10 – May 22
Time Square, NYC
The Design Pavilion is the official hub for New York Design Week. An inflatable installation, designed by Nick Crosbie, it is the primary site where you can receive the official NYCxDesign guide, can catch a Design Talk or view a series of curated installations.
One of the most important exhibitions to view are the annual student shows at Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, School of Visual Arts, Fashion Institute of Technology and Cooper Union. These annual shows showcase cutting-edge student work and sets the tone for the future of design.
Design Events by District
New York City “Design” neighborhoods like Nomad, Soho and Tribeca will each host their own design-oriented event. Multiple galleries and showrooms will often stay open for showings, exhibitions and cocktail parties. To learn more, see the full calendar here.
New York Design week is an exciting and energetic time for designers, who get to exercise the creative possibilities of design by participating in internationally-focused events. Attend one event or all—you won’t regret it!