Coveting Design – NYCxDESIGN – A celebration of global design

Getting excited about seeing some cool stuff at Denfair this week. So much so that I’ve sent myself down the rabbit hole of cool called NYCxDESIGN.

NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s official citywide celebration of design takes place each May. Spanning all disciplines of design, NYCxDESIGN creates a collaborative platform for cultural and commercial opportunities, elevates established and emerging design practices and increases awareness of and appreciation for design by all audiences.

Hosted in New York City, NYCxDESIGN brings together all the disciplines of design, commerce, culture, education, and entertainment with a full, varied program, including exhibitions, installations, trade shows, talks, launches and open studios. 2016, the fourth year of the celebration, featured over 500 events across the 5 Boroughs of New York City and included topics from graphic design to architecture, technology and urban design to fashion and product design, interiors to landscape, furniture to design thinking, and more.

Here are some of the things I thought were especially cool, and I reckon there is something here for everybody! Warning: Lots of eye candy and designers to follow on Instagram + videos below…

Lighting Design

Spectacular and desirable creations of neon, LED, structure and form,making us all wish for fancier homes and bigger pay packets Check out these arrangements by Michael Anastassiades showcased in an exclusive exhibit in Soho, NYC during NYCxDesign 2017. Flos Exhibit

Technology

Imagine an art gallery that takes you to a 3D world via VR!?!?! This totally happened. Site Unseen OFFSITE is incredibly fun and inspiring.

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Conductive wallpaper! YES. Conductive wallpaper… Design and functionality merge with UM Project‘s ‘Conduct’.

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Installation

Artist Anish Kapoor’s Descension – a giant pool of continuously spiralling water is a hypnotic whirlpool of awesome.

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These are bubbles! Dutch design duo Martens & Visser create magical reflecting objects called ‘Holons’

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General cleverness and fun

Times Square became a playground of good design with the Spun Chair, designed by Thomas Heatherwick for Magis, an Italian furniture company.

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#WAVENEWYORK, a 14 foot high, 425 square foot walk-though “touch and see” experiential installation was situated on a pedestrian-friendly plaza in Times Square between 44th Street and Seventh Avenue.

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For more of a glimpse into the goings on of NYCxDESIGN, I’ve attached a highlight reel (which I have now watched several times). Make sure you follow @nycxdesign on Instagram for extra inspo too.

And if you’re in Melbourne this week, head along to Denfair, Australia’s leading destination for cotemporary design + art. 8-10th June

 

 

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