Yesterday the Bloomberg Administration announced the dates for NYCxDESIGN, the first annual exposition dedicated to New York City's contributions to design. It will take place May 10–21 throughout all five boroughs. This event will coincide with the Frieze Art Fair on Randall's Island (May 10–13) and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (May 18–21).

City Council speaker Christine C. Quinn first introduced the event in her February 2012 State of the City Address. "NYCxDESIGN will help demonstrate that New York City is the design capital of the world," she explained. "All five boroughs are home to a staggering amount of design talent in a wide range of disciplines," she continued, "and this inaugural, city-wide event will help harness this potential and turn it into a tool for economic growth."

Through exhibitions, trade shows, installations, talks, launches and open studios, NYCxDESIGN will showcase New York's top design institutions, retailers, manufacturers, educators, curators and individual designers covering design communities ranging from graphic, industrial, product, interior, interaction, landscape, urban and fashion design as well as manufacturing and architecture. Emerging design practices are also encouraged to participate, with the opportunity to register their event on the NYCxDESIGN website.

As the home to the most design firms in the United States, NYCxDESIGN is as much an economically pragmatic event as a culturally stimulating one for New York City. The Bloomberg Administration hopes to generate new sales and export opportunities for local designers, increase design-based tourism, and draw even more designers and manufacturers to New York. NYCxDESIGN is produced by the City Council in conjunction with a committee that includes members from major cultural institutions, design firms, schools, individual designers and government officials.


NYCxDESIGN Steering Committee Members:


Paola Antonelli, Museum of Modern Art, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture & Design

Caroline Baumann, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Acting Director      

Rick Bell, American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter Executive Director          

Scott Belsky, Behance LLC, Chief Executive Officer         

David Burney, NYC Department of Design and Construction, Commissioner

Keri Butler, Public Design Commission of the City of New York  

Susan Chin, Design Trust for Public Space, Executive Director     

Allan Chochinov, Core77, Inc. Editor-in-Chief

Miquela Craytor, NYC Economic Development Corporation, Vice President, Industrial Initiatives        

Chad Dickerson, Etsy, Inc., CEO    

James Druckman, New York Design Center, President & CEO    

Wendy Feuer, NYC Department of Transportation, Assistant Commissioner for Urban Design & Art    

Rosalie Genevro, Architectural League of New York, Executive Director 

Abe Gurko, Abe NYC, Inc., Principal         

Chris Hacker, Johnson & Johnson, Chief Design Officer

Rachel Haot, NYC Digital, Chief Digital Officer    

Holly Hotchner, Museum of Arts and Design, Director      

Karen Koslowitz, New York City Council City, Council Member 

Kate D. Levin, Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner      

Fern Mallis, Fern Mallis, LLC, President     

Kiel Mead, American Design Club, Principal           

Michelle Mullineaux, DesigNYC, Co-Founder       

Elizabeth O'Donnell, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union, Associate Dean           

Eddie Opara, Pentagram, Design Partner    

Leighton Pierce, Pratt Institute, School of Art & Design, Acting Dean     

Christine C. Quinn, New York City Council, Speaker                   

Ed Schlossberg, ESI Design, President & CEO      

Bradford Shellhammer, Fab.com, Founder & Chief Design Officer

David Stark, David Stark Design and Production, President and Creative Director

Robert Steel, NYC Deputy Mayor for Economic Development      

Kara Tobin, Tobin and Tucker, Principal     

Joel Towers, Parsons The New School For Design, Dean   

Willy Wong, NYC & Company, Chief Creative Officer and AIGA/NY President