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New York City to celebrate design with third annual NYCxDESIGN, 8th – 19th May 2015

NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s official annual citywide celebration of design, will take place this year from Friday 8th May to Tuesday 19th May 2015. Now in its third year, NYCxDESIGN serves as the platform to highlight New York City’s diverse design community and its contributions to the fabric and economy of the five boroughs. The celebration will span all disciplines of design – from architecture to interior design, product design to fashion - showcasing designers and their work from around the world. The programme will include exhibitions, installations, trade shows, talks, launches and open studios.

The following events are returning as NYCxDESIGN participants this May. For more information and full listings, visit nycxdesign.com. 
·         BKLYN DESIGNS (8th – 10th May) – The Brooklyn design event for contemporary furniture, lighting, accessories and art
·         WantedDesign Brooklyn (9th – 19th May) – Discover large-scale and multi-disciplinary design installations
·         Collective Design (13th – 17th May) – Celebrate design innovation and thinking from the start of the 20th century to the present day and take designer-led tours of special installations
·         Frieze Art Fair (14th – 17th May) – One of the world’s leading contemporary art fairs, bringing together over 190 of the most exciting galleries working today
·         WantedDesign Manhattan (15th – 18th May) – A meeting point for designers, manufacturers, buyers, distributors, craftsmen, students, design institutions, media and all design lovers
·         ICFF (16th – 19th May) – More than 700 exhibitors from around the world display contemporary furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, textiles and more for residential and commercial interiors  

The 2015 NYCxDESIGN programme was discussed during a design community kickoff event at the recently reopened Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, where enhancements to the www.nycxdesign.com website, including the ability to curate lists and categorise events, were demonstrated.  

Highlights of the 2015 celebration will include a launch party hosted by WantedDesign Brooklyn at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. And new this year, ICFF is offering international design week organisations complimentary exhibition space in an effort to expand the international reach of NYCxDESIGN.  

“We welcome everyone to experience NYC’s established and emerging design industries during the annual citywide celebration of design,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “From world-class design events to noteworthy exhibitions to our Design Collection hotels, design has become an increasingly important touch point of the city’s visitor experience.”  

“A century after the Garment industry brought a generation of New Yorkers into the middle class, events like NYCxDESIGN help showcase how New York City remains the global capital of design," said Kyle Kimball, President of NYCEDC. "With over 40,000 practicing designers, more than almost any other city in the world, New York City is proving that design thinking encourages equitable neighbourhood development where form enables function, and where innovation can generate true social good."  

New York City offers stylish accommodation for visitors wanting to visit during NYCxDESIGN. The hotels of NYC & Company’s Design Collection exemplify great design in all its expressions, from inspiring architecture and cutting-edge interiors to collaborations among top designers and private art collections or culinary adventures. Hotels of the design collection include: 6 Columbus; Chambers Hotel; Dream Downtown; Dream Midtown NYC; Eventi, A Kimpton Hotel; Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC; Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC; Gild Hall–a Thompson Hotel; Hudson New York; The James New York; Le Parker Meridien New York: The Muse Hotel; Sixty LES; Smyth, A Thompson Hotel; W New York; W New York – Downtown; W – New York Times Square; W New York – Union Square.  

Home to more than 40,000 practicing designers (more than any other metropolitan area in the US), 3,900-plus design firms and 10 prominent design and architecture schools, New York City is one of the world’s design capitals. The design sector has a positive impact on NYC’s economy. Employees in the sector earn an average wage of $86k, and 60% of those employed in the sector earn at least $50k a year—indicating a strong source of middle-income wages and positive opportunities for income mobility. In addition, design employment increased 31% between 2003 and 2013, double the citywide employment growth of 15% over the same period.

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