“NYCxDesign” Joins the Blooming List of New York Design Celebrations This May

Through the efforts of pioneers like Noho Design District and Wanted Design, the days surrounding the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in May have evolved into New York Design Week, a celebration of a too-frequently overshadowed art. Now, the city is following suit. Bolstering the spring festivities is the inaugural NYCxDesign, a 12-day, five-borough festival helmed by New York City Council speaker Christine C. Quinn and a steering committee of “more than 30 design leaders from business, civic and cultural groups,” the New York Times reports.

The city’s impetus is economic. Through a series of exhibitions, studio tours, pop-ups, and films covering the spectrum of design disciplines — graphic, industrial, product, fashion, digital, etc… — that coincides with the descent of art lovers on the city for Frieze Art Fair, Quinn hopes to shed a spotlight on the industry and ultimately create more jobs within it. “We have more designers in New York City than any other U.S. city, but we do a terrible job promoting them in their totality,” she told the Times. [NYCxDesign via The New York Times]

— Janelle Zara