The 2024 NYCxDesign Festival Set for May 16th ~ 23rd




NYCxDesign Festival, Cornell Tech Open Studio, May 17, 2024

The annual NYCxDesign Festival will take place May 16th ~ 23rd featuring hundreds of design events from exhibits and trade shows to talks and tours. Beginning with the Festival opening party at Mercer Labs, and After Party at Spring Studios, visitors look forward to the 2024 Design Pavilion, Emerging Designer Residency, Student Graduate Portfolio Showcase, NYCxDesign Mic and Tours throughout all five boroughs + more.

NYCxDesign Opening Night Party

Tickets are now available for the NYCxDesign Festival Programs! Secure your place at our inaugural Keynote series, toast to a week of design celebration at the Opening Night Party, dance the night away at our After Party – and so much more!

Some of the really cool events that are on our list include:

ASE: Afro Frequencies at ARTECHOUSE, featuring the work of London-based Afro-surrealist digital artist Vince Fraser along with poetry by ursula rucker.

ASE: Afro Frequencies at ARTECHOUSE, 439 West 15th Street.

Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month, NYCxDesign unfolds the exhibition ‘Crafting Selfhood’ at Phillip Lim, 48 Great Jones Street from May 1-23.

The annual Union Square Partnership’s 14th Street Mural Installation will take place between May 13-17.

NYCxDesign Student Showcase Night ~ This annual event showcases the creative research of students from six of the top design schools in New York City, including: The Fashion Institute of Technology, The New School Parsons, The School of Visual Arts, The Cooper Union, Pratt, and The New York Institute of Technology.

Designing Human Connection (May 16 ~ 23) when NYC will be transformed into a 5 and Go! playground for NYCxDESIGN enabling players to experience the magic of quick bursts of human connection throughout the city. You and a friend may be challenged to anything from learning the backstory of a local designer to creating with other amazing humans in New York City.

Real Spaces will feature the artistry of Robin Crookall at Morris Adjmi Architects Offices.

Madison Avenue Design Week. © Julienne Schaer, 2016

The Madison Avenue B.I.D. presents its 2nd annual Madison Avenue Design Week from May 16 ~ 23 from 57th Street to 86th Street.

co-24: SVA MFA Interaction Design Thesis Exhibition will be on view from May 16 ~ May 17 at SVA, 136 West 21st Street, 3rd Floor. On view will be a collection of works by 21 designers from the SVA MFA Interaction Design, class of 2024.

A must on our list is the Magen H Gallery: Spring Gallery Walk in Greenwich Village on May 16th from 5-9pm. Also on this ‘walk’ will be Prelle and Verrier x Uchronia, the renowned will weaver from Lyon + Julien Sebban from Parisian multidisciplinary design collective Uchronia.

We look forward to seeing ‘Dining Out NYCxDesign: The Setup Menu’  ~ This is a full-day excursion of design, food and culture on the Lower East Side where NYC DOT Commissioner will kick-off a celebration of the outdoor dining prototypes the City is piloting.

NYCxDesign 2024, Design & Psychology: Making Better Tomorrow Irresistible ~ at NeueHouse Madison Square in the Flatiron District

Design & Psychology: Making Better Tomorrow Irresistible will be an enlightening evening in partnership with NeueHouse Madison Square, located in the Flatiron District.

SoHo Design Day will be held on May 18th with SDD showrooms open all day!

Atlantic Avenue Day of Design will take place on May 18th.

FAD Market in Brooklyn

Celebrate the New York design community’s rising designers & makers at FAD Market’s NYCxDesign pop-up in Brooklyn.

Dumbo x Design is an impressive roster of Dumbo designers. Event to be held on May 22nd from 6-9pm.


NYC boasts the highest concentration of designers and architects per capita compared to any other city worldwide, featuring an impressive landscape with over 60,000 designers and architects, 8,000 design and architectural firms, and a rich tapestry of 1,000 museums and galleries. The city is also home to ten of the world’s premier design schools.

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) May 19 ~ 21 at Javits Center

As the epicenter of the world’s largest design community, New York City possesses an unparalleled inherent design audience, making it the prime gateway for brands seeking entry into the U.S. market.

NYCxDESIGN actively positions NYC as an authentic design destination, a pivotal nexus where design culture converges with industry. It functions as a dynamic connector and platform for idea exchange, bolstering and unifying the city’s influential and diverse design sectors.

The NYCxDesign Mic, hosted by Debbie Millman.

As a non-profit organization, NYCxDESIGN FESTIVAL New York City’s Official Celebration of Design NYCxDESIGN is New York City’s most impactful annual design event. Each year the festival is an opportunity to spotlight New York City as a leading global design center. Building opportunities for diverse design voices is key to our position as a cultural capital.

NYCxDESIGN extends its impact beyond the annual Festival by spearheading meaningful year-round programs that champion diversity, foster equitable opportunities, and promote inclusion within the city’s design professions. Through engaging public activations and open events, we aspire to ignite inspiration in young individuals, encouraging them to envision themselves as the future designers and problem solvers of our city.

Re-Craft on view May 19-21 at Javits Center

Year-round, NYCxDESIGN amplifies the voices of New York City designers through:

  • NYCxDESIGN Keynote, high level presentations
  • Design Pavilion, immersive outdoor public activations
  • NYCxDESIGN Mic podcast hosted by Debbie Millman
  • NYCxDESIGN Awards presented by Interior Design Magazine
  • NYCxDESIGN Design Tours and Talks, highlighting NYC’s most creative minds
  • Ode to NYC poster campaign
  • Emerging Designer Residency, supporting the work of designers in the early stages of their careers + more
G&A Design Lab: Open House andRound Tablet G&A, 141 West 28th Street, NYC

Taking a look back at NYCxDesign’s History ~ In 2011, a comprehensive Bloomberg Administration survey underscored the immense size and influence of New York City’s design community and prompted the creation of NYCxDESIGN through a City Council initiative. This endeavor aimed to convene and promote the flourishing design industry within the city and promote industry tourism.

The overseeing City organizations NYC & Company – now known as NYC Tourism and Convention – and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, appointed Edward Hogikyan to spearhead the official ‘design week’, named NYCxDESIGN Festival. Over its eight formative years, Hogikyan successfully elevated NYCxDESIGN Festival to become one of the preeminent design festivals globally, joining Milan, Paris, and London on the design world stage.

Charles Zana & Yann Nury at Ła Residence: Open House & Private Touron Crosby Street,, NYC

Inaugurated in May 2012, NYCxDESIGN Festival recognized and promoted the achievements of established design events and fairs in New York City, including ICFF, and the younger WantedDesign. Throughout the subsequent decade, additional anchor events were introduced to enhance the NYCxDESIGN Festival experience, including Design Pavilion that heightened public awareness, the NYCxDESIGN Awards presented by Interior Design Magazine, and the NYCxDESIGN Student Showcase.

In September 2020, with the support and assistance of SANDOW, the notable publishing company, NYCxDESIGN underwent a significant transformation, transitioning into a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. This strategic shift positioned the entity for sustained success in serving New York City’s dynamic design community and fostering increased tourism in celebration of its annual design festival.

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