NYCxDesign Week’s free architecture events + installations expected to draw 3M visitors
In mid-May, NYCxDESIGN, the annual public design event, is taking over Times Square with a Design Pavilion offering free programming that’s bringing design to the public eye. Designers, architects, aficionados, tourists and locals alike are gathering to experience engaging installations, discussions, public art and cocktail events from May 12 to 20. The Design Pavilion activity is expected to draw over three million visitors with an impressive lineup of free talks by select speakers including Interior Design’s editor-in-chief Cindy Allen, “Design Matters” podcast host Debbie Millman, Pratt Institute’s president Frances Bronet, and Metropolis’ publisher and editor-in-chief Susan Szenasy who’ll moderate a talk with Sybil Yurman, co-founder and chief brand strategist of David Yurman.
“Today, designers are solving important social and civic problems and enhancing quality of life,” said Ilene Shaw, producer and founder of Design Pavilion, adding that this year’s edition is about “showcasing their ideas and experiments and illustrating how design is transforming our culture and future. We want the public to know its design week here in NYC and to enjoy the impact of design. Design Pavilion is its public hub and meeting place for discovery, learning and engagement and offers inspiration for all.”
The Design Pavilion spans along the plazas running from Broadway and 7th Ave. between 42nd and 47th St. The 2,000-ft. Inflatable Pavilion beneath a 25-ft. canopy was designed by U.K.-based architects at Inflate with the Design Pavilion’s creative director Harry Allen. An accompanying light installation was created by L’Observatoire International, a lighting firm whose work includes projects for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the High Line and the Louis Vuitton Foundation.
Go on, get inspired @design_pavilion in @timessquarenyc celebrating @nycxdesign with FREE public installations, events + talks with #design + architectural visionaries + industry experts like @thecindygram of @interiordesignmag . . You can’t miss the 2,000-ft. inflatable #pavilion by @inflateglobal (which includes an innovative booth by @duggalnyc with #energyefficient motorized @hunterdouglas shades), the playful, orange #dogs by @magis_official for @hermanmiller + @prattinstitute students’ exhibit on alternative uses/reuses of takeout food packaging. Stop by the pavilion all week long for #designinspiration + motivating solution-based design ideas for a sustainable tomorrow. #fluentindesign #nycxdesign #DesignPavilionnyc #publicarchitecture #publicart #designeveryday #artinthestreets
Others events include “Building Community Power” by AIGA, which urges citizens to vote and increase communal engagement via digitally screened “Design for Democracy” messaging and graphics shown on nearby Nasdaq screens. Pratt design students collaborated with the New York State Department of Environment Conservation to create “The Future of Take-Out,” which seeks alternative purposes for fast-food packaging and focuses on waste reduction, marine-friendly packaging, and more environmentally-friendly solutions to better transport take-out food.
To celebrate design week, Duggal Vision Solutions’ Innovation Lab created a digitally-rich, experience-oriented booth with the InnoLab. The interactive booth features automated Hunter Douglas Silhouette Window Shadings and Luminette Privacy Sheers paired with LUMIPIXELS, a captivating blend of digitally projected imagery and animated light that highlights the shades’ filtering and motorized capabilities.
The Duggal booth at the Inflatable Pavilion at 46th St. and Broadway, will remain on view during the nine- day public cultural happening along with other pop-up booths. For the 2018 pavilion theme, participants are addressing the topic “From This Day Forward,” and discussions by emerging and established design leaders, editors and brands, will focus on moving innovative and solutions-based concepts forward.
On Monday, May 14, Duggal, Avery Dennsion and Hunter Douglas hosted a private reception for designers, architects and editors, giving a private crowd the chance to roam the installation, cutting-edge visuals and integrated technology.
NYCxDESIGN runs from May 11th through May 23rd . Time Out New York shares more details on New York’s free and public design festivities happening at the Design Pavilion and beyond. Check it out here.
Where: The Inflatable Pavilion, 46th St. and Broadway
When: May 12-20, 2018