Organizers for NYC x Design, an annual citywide celebration of design, united at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Thursday to trumpet this spring’s event.
Slated for May 8 through 19, this will be the third installment geared for showcasing the city’s diverse design community and its economic and cultural contributions. Throughout the five boroughs, the celebration will feature hundreds of events in an assortment of design disciplines.
For the fashion-minded crowd, one of the highlights will be WantedDesign Brooklyn, a large-scale, multidisciplinary design installation that will be held May 9 through 19 at Industry City in Sunset Park. An opening-night party, a “Design Forever” workshop for design school students, and a design education forum will be among the ancillary events. WantedDesign Manhattan is slated for May 15 to 18 in West Chelsea in the Terminal Stores building. In addition, the annual trade fair Collective Design will be held May 13 to 17 to showcase New York’s talent with established and emerging exhibitors from such creative capitals as Copenhagen, Milan, Paris and Stockholm. Attendees can check out the ins and outs of what is planned on NYC x Design’s revamped Web site.
Noting the city’s 40,000 practicing designers, Kyle Kimball, president of NYCEDC, said, “New York City is proving that design thinking encourages equitable neighborhood development where form enables function, and where innovation can generate true social good.”
The city also houses 3,900-plus design firms and 10 prominent design and architecture schools. Employees in the sector earn an average salary of $86,000. In addition, 60 percent of the sector’s employees earn at least $50,000 annually.