Curated Itineraries

Explore curated event tracks developed by the NYCxDESIGN team and local design leaders–showcasing the breadth of talent, districts, and innovation that make New York City’s design community like no other. You won’t want to miss these special events taking place exclusively during this edition of the NYCxDESIGN Festival.

Unifying through Design

These events highlight the ways in which diversity, equity, and inclusion power momentum and creativity in the design sector.

The World Through Materials
From the temples of Egypt to the colorful streets of South Africa, Talk Carpet takes you on a journey where design has no borders.
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Jamaica Black Entrepreneur Networking Event
A special networking event for Black entrepreneurs from all over the city to mingle and gain potential partners and clientele.
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By Interiors: Japanese Furniture Design & Craftsmanship
A special exhibition of the works by Japanese furniture brand By Interiors.
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Feeding Inspiring Hearts
Join community members, volunteers, and friends at the Arties for Arties gallery in Little Italy to collectively examine what it means to eat with dignity.
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African Designers: Remembering our Past in our Present
This virtual conversation will explore how designers are incorporating African traditions and practices into contemporary global design.
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ADORNAXIS / Jewelry off the Grid
Adornaxis is featuring out of the ordinary art jewelry made from uncommon materials by contemporary jewelry artists from around the globe.
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Design Pier / JAPAN INGENIOUS
The exhibition presents a selection of highly creative design objects and collectible design furniture pieces by the most well-known and progressive design studios from Japan.
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The Bronx River Art Center / Mama Spa Botánica
An all-ages sculpture and photography workshop centering Black and Indigenous People of Color and their families.
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FLOX Studio / Community Cartographies: Mapping Your Community of Practice
This workshop is for creatives who are interested in understanding how designers can accelerate justice, sustainability and equity.
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Brooklyn through Design

Curated by Wendy Goodman
Sponsored by Industry City

Visit Brooklyn for events with a focus on how design and designers are continuously developing the future of NYC’s culture by re-defining and re-inventing the use of space.

This itinerary is curated by Wendy Goodman, design editor at New York Magazine, and brought to you by Industry City, a booming creative campus led by fabulous advocates and supporters of New York City’s design community.

Self-Guided Journeys LIVE: Soho Letterpress Inc.
Visit the Soho Letterpress studio for an overview and demonstration of letterpress printing by hand.
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Bed-Stuy Black Designers Fair
This event will host Black designers in all creative realms; graphic design, architecture, interiors, home goods, and more to display and sell their wares.
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Design Pier / THE CHAIR: form, function, fascination
Design Pier’s new exhibition explores the unique way the creators approach the most anthropomorphic object in design–THE CHAIR.
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Downtown Brooklyn Public Realm Action Plan
Presentation and discussion of the Downtown Brooklyn Public Realm Action Plan with Regina Myer, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, and Claire Weisz.
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Open Studios: Liz Collins / Victoria Manganiello
Come to DUMBO, Brooklyn to visit the neighboring studios of textile artists and designers Liz Collins and Victoria Manganiello; Peruse archival work, new work and work in-progress.
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MASterworks Explorations: Amant
Hear from Lonti Ebers and architect Florian Idenburg about the design for this oasis for artists and general public that offers wonder and discovery in the center of Brooklyn.
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Juan Miguel Marin Studio / Automatism
This workshop promotes the idea of trial and error as a creative tool, mark-making as a form of meditation, but more importantly, to introduce a form of attention known as OPEN AWARENESS.
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Ötzi by Nicole Wilson
The New York premiere of Ötzi, considered the oldest tattooed human mummy yet discovered; 61 tattoos were found on Ötzi’s body, all in the form of lines or crosses.
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Self-Guided Journeys LIVE: The Collision Project at Industry City
Visit Industry City to explore the The Collision Project, a public platform that nurtures art and design as an experience to facilitate and activate new areas of co-creation.
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NYC Jewelry Week Pop-Up at Industry City
This year, NYCxDESIGN and NYC Jewelry Week overlap! Visit Industry City for a NYC Jewelry Week pop-up of live talks, events and happenings.
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Self-Guided Journeys LIVE: Brightbound
Brightbound is a Lighting Studio with boundless potential to celebrate collaboration, community, humanity, and contemporary design while expressing the beauty of nature.
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Self-Guided Journeys LIVE: OTTRA
Join OTTRA for a look into the way they prototype and create furniture, and take a tour through their workshop, showroom, and studio.
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Taking Action through Design

This itinerary is packed with events that break down the best practices of sustainable and circular design across disciplines.

WALLABOUT DESIGN SERIES: Designing Together Against Extinction Panel
The series explores design in Wallabout Bay and the role that design has had in shaping, informing, and defining our lived experiences.
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Plia x NY Textile Lab
Join Plia to celebrate their collaboration with Laura Sansone of NY Textile Lab. This limited edition of products is considered soil-to-soil and made from Climate Beneficial Wool.
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re-ply: re-purposing a moment
re-ply’s initiative is to create a cost-effective and recycled ‘kit-of-parts’ for outdoor dining, to assist NYC’s cherished restaurants, cafés and bars to safely reopen
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THE FUTURE IS FEMALE, SUSTAINABLE, & INCLUSIVE: Into the Studios of Three Inspiring Furniture-Makers
Join a trio of virtual tours inside the studios of female artisans/furniture-makers who are each helping to redefine the craft of furniture.
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FURNITURE and INTERIORS that are CIRCULAR and REGENERATIVE: What does that really mean?
Join us for a brief, deep virtual dive into a modern approach to design that has the power to transform the industry's effect on the environment!
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The Building Design Professional’s Guide to NYC Climate Action
Join Building Energy Exchange and NYC Accelerator for a workshop on preparing design professionals to meet NYC’s climate action targets and increase client investments in low-carbon buildings.
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NYCxDESIGN & Glen Gery Launch Materiality 2021, Brickworks’ Latest Publication
Join NYCxDESIGN and Glen-Gery to close out the 2021 Festival at Brickworks Design Studio to celebrate the launch of the brand’s newest publication, Materiality 2021.
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BUILDING THE CIRCULAR SOCIETY - BRICK BY BRICK
Join the launch of the new white paper publication "Designing the irresistible circular society", for a deep-dive on bricks and circularity in the built environment.
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