Debuts, exhibitions, installations, forums, talks, trade shows, tours and open studios, for disciplines like architecture, industrial design, technology, graphic, fashion, interior and product design, and much more, involving 53,000 designers, almost 8000 studios, 800 museums and galleries, and dozens of the best design and architecture schools in New York State. But that’s not all.
The most ambitious objectives can always shift beyond expectations and previous achievements, especially when the potential is already there. This is the reality of NYCxDesign, which relying on what has become an established identity on the international scene, has no intention of slowing down, nor of limiting the possibilities the event can generate on a cultural and business level.
The main new developments announced at the opening are based on these orientations, including the passage of the organization – starting in 2020 – from the municipal New York City Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to the private Sandow, a global leader in the sector of innovation and design media. If the aim is to take NYCxDesign towards new future developments, in the meantime we can enjoy the increasingly varied proposals in the 2019 program, which from 10 to 22 May enlivens the city, especially in five districts: SoHo, Tribeca, NoMad, Downtown and the more recent Madison Avenue Design District. Times Square chimes in from the Design Pavilion that updates its collaboration with Nasdaq, while WantedDesign marks its dual identity in the locations of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
The most innovative and experimental design of these venues is contrasted by the pragmatism of the trade platform of ICFF (19-22 May, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center), ready to welcome 900 international exhibitors with the new formats ICFF Contract (for new initiatives in lighting, furnishings, facings, seating and materials) and ICFF Connect (on Smart Home, Smart Office and Hospitality technologies). The energy and dynamism of the city also emerge in the retail network, and in the world of art and culture, both integral parts of the overall system. A unique situation of maximum creative and expressive freedom.