10th annual NYCxDESIGN Festival is sure to inspire
The tenth annual NYCxDESIGN Festival will run May 10-20 this year, attracting thousands of creative folks to New York City. Expect design fairs, group exhibitions, and consulates organizing events to celebrate the innovations of international designers.
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A city council initiative first established NYCxDESIGN in 2012. Officials decided to hold the event in May to build on the success of already well known NYC design events, such as ICFF and WantedDesign. Last year’s festival was held in November and included 120 events and 263 participating organizations stretching across all five of NYC’s boroughs. This one could be even bigger.
At Inhabitat, we’re especially excited about the May 14 panel Future of Design: Sustainable Design and Digital Wellness. Designers Laura Hodges, Tucker Robbins, SinCa Design, Marco Baga, and Natalia Mirabito will have a panel discussion from 2-3 pm at the Tom Dixon Shop. Hodges is inspired by her Jamaican, Norwegian and English roots to create beautiful green spaces. Robbins also has many international influences, with artisan furniture workshops in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Cameroon, Guatemala and Philippines, all using sustainably harvested or reclaimed materials. Baga is committed to zero waste design and Connecticut-based SinCa has had its furniture featured in top design mags. Mirabito, founder of NM Marketing Co., will moderate the talk.
Organizers are hoping the festival will surge back to its pre-Covid attendance numbers. The 2019 festival drew more than 300,000 visitors and generated $111 million for New York City. Between Covid and a change from a city-led initiative to a nonprofit at the end of 2020, the festival is getting back on its feet. But designers and organizers have high hopes that the tenth annual festival will put it back on top. If you’re a designer or somebody who appreciates cutting edge design, there’s no way you’ll leave NYCxDESIGN without feeling inspired.