Elissa Black, Executive Director
Valerie Hoffman, Program Director
Maya Bayram, Marketing Manager
Board of Directors
Chair – Erica Holborn, CEO, SANDOW Design Group
Treasurer – Benjamin Prosky, Executive Director, Center For Architecture / American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY)
Secretary – Elan Cole, Executive Vice President, NYC & Company
Director – Ilene Shaw, CEO, Design Pavilion
Director – Amaechi Uzoigwe, Manager, Run The Jewels
Director – Sonia Park, Vice President, New York City Economic Development Corporation
What opportunities does NYCxDESIGN offer New York-based designers?
NYCxDESIGN organizes moments throughout the year for designers to showcase and highlight their work through concentrated celebrations that activate the five boroughs with design. Year-round, NYCxDESIGN amplifies the voices of New York City designers through The Magazine, the first edition of which features dozens of contributions from NYC designers, as well as NYCxDESIGN’s podcast hosted by Debbie Millman entitled The Mic. These platforms highlight NYC’s most creative minds and provide ongoing opportunities for the creative community through Open Calls. In 2021, NYCxDESIGN launched The Breakout Grant, focusing on entrepreneurship in independent design. The grant seeks to fund independent designers or design businesses that embody the entrepreneurial, creative, and innovative spirit of NYC, with a foundational commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and sustainability.
What is the role of the Steering Committee?
NYCxDESIGN’s Steering Committee is comprised of representatives from New York City’s top design schools, museums, cultural institutions, membership organizations, city entities, and districts. These members act as NYCxDESIGN brand advocates, community influencers, event organizers, and programming partners.
What is the history of NYCxDESIGN?
NYCxDESIGN was first established in 2012 as a City Council initiative to convene and promote the design industry in New York. City organizations including NYC & Company and NYCEDC managed the “design week” for six years, growing it into one of the leading design festivals in the world alongside Milan, Paris, and London. The annual Festival originated in the month of May to leverage the success of long-standing design events in New York City including ICFF and WantedDesign. Over the past eight years, new anchor events have been established to celebrate design week including Design Pavilion, the NYCxDESIGN Student Showcase, and NYCxDESIGN Awards. In 2020, NYCxDESIGN transitioned to a not-for-profit entity to best serve New York City’s design community. The transition positions the organization for long-term success supporting NYC’s design community.
What is the NYCxDESIGN Festival?
NYCxDESIGN’s internationally renowned Annual Design Festival, established in 2013, showcases the immense talent and diversity of the city’s designers, makers, and manufacturers, along with cutting-edge design businesses and districts, and world-class cultural and academic design institutions. The Festival attracts thousands of national and international visitors to the city, generating significant economic activity across the boroughs with hundreds of events about design and innovation, creativity, culture, inclusivity, sustainability, and resiliency.
The Festival encompasses renowned trade shows including WantedDesign and ICFF, as well as immersive public design experiences like Design Pavilion, and hundreds of additional design events across the five boroughs of New York City. These once-a-year events make for the perfect opportunity for the creative industry to unite.
The 2022 10th Anniversary edition of NYCxDESIGN Week solidified New York City as a leading global capital of design. With over 1,000 participating local designers and well over 200 events, the program showcased a diverse range of design on display across the boroughs, and all design disciplines. Wallpaper* described the 2022 edition of the Festival as “a more diverse and designer-led programme than ever before”, and Architectural Digest saying that with the “collection releases, pop-up exhibitions, and topical designer talks, the citywide event had one of its strongest showings yet.”
Learn more about the Festival here.
Can I host an event for the Festival?
We invite all members of the design community to organize design events as part of the NYCxDESIGN Festival. Group exhibitions, open studios, public installations, panels, virtual events, and more are welcome to be part of New York City’s official celebration of design. Event registration for the 2023 Festival will be open in the coming weeks.
Is the NYCxDESIGN Festival free for visitors to attend?
NYCxDESIGN welcomes all residents and visitors (domestic and international) to experience the Festival. Most events are free to enter. Ticketed events are managed by host/organizing venues. Before attending, check the listing and details for each event you’re interested in.
Where can I find NYCxDESIGN's Form 990?
Click here to download NYCxDESIGN’s Form 990.
What makes New York City a prime design destination?
In New York City, design is palpable. With an abundance of makers, manufacturers, urban planners, interior designers, graphic artists, architects, and so much more, New York City is making its mark as one of the most influential design capitals of the world. Housing the largest concentration of designers, creative talent, and design studios than any other metropolitan area in the US, the city’s world-renowned arts and design sector continues to set the tone for the global creative community.
New York City’s design landscape encompasses over 60,000 designers, nearly 8,000 design firms and over 1,000 museums, galleries, and world-renowned institutions. The city also boasts ten of the nation’s best design and architecture schools, graduating twice as many design and architecture students as anywhere else in the country.