Design Pavilion 2018

Design Pavilion™ returned to New York City’s Times Square in celebration of NYCxDESIGN, inviting public engagement with design and innovation.

Now serving as the largest public hub for design week in New York City, we hosted Design Talks™, Design Market™, the NYCxDESIGN Information Kiosk distributing the official NYCxDESIGN Guide and a variety of beautiful design magazines, and a series of installations that were free and open to the public and showcased emerging and established designers, architects, brands and visionaries from around the world.

New to the programming was the Nasdaq partnership and introduction of the Nasdaq Spotlight Design Broadcasts live interviews with the world’s design leaders.

We engaged more than 3.7 million local business people, residents and international visitors with design ideas for our future.

Special thanks to Paul Gregory and Feingold & Gregory Architects PC.
All photos by Rune Stokmo and James Michael Robinson

Design Pavilion 2018
Inflate with Harry Allen
U.S. premier of custom-designed inflatable pavilion by Inflate

In the spirit of Design Pavilion and a commitment to innovation and the future, Design Pavilion Creative Director Harry Allen collaborated with UK-based, fast architecture and lightweight design brand Inflate, led by Creative Director Nick Crosbie, to debut this large-scale, inflatable structure spanning approximately 2,000 square feet and 25-feet-high.

This inflatable pavilion is an intricate and uniquely light and soft form housing special exhibitions within its sheltered space.

Inflate
Avery Dennison
Avery Dennison
Bright New Things, with ArtsThread, presented work of emerging designers

For the 2018 edition of Design Pavilion, an international "Bright New Things" competition hailing from the UK challenged students and recent graduates from around the world to wrap an everyday object using Avery Dennison’s graphic materials. Four winning designs were chosen for exhibition within a stunning, large glass cube powered by Avery Dennison's Janela™ and Vela™ technologies.

ArtsThread, the Bright New Things contest administrator, is the leading digital platform for emerging artists and designers, a launch pad for the next generation of creative talent.

Avery Dennison
ArtsThread
Competition engaging emerging designers and artists

ArtsThread is the leading digital platform for emerging artists and designers, representing 300,000 students in more than 100 countries from 720 design schools.

Magis Mural Competition involved the local New York community, design schools and design students in developing a site-specific installation to creatively showcase its iconic chairs. The students were asked to develop 2D artwork for the backdrop walls.

Avery Dennison’s ‘Bright New Things’ Competition featured the winning designs, by emerging designers and artists from around the world, of everyday objects wrapped in its graphic materials.

ArtsThread
Magis with Herman Miller
Playful function

Magis with Herman Miller returned to Design Pavilion for a second year with this bold expression of vivid color, organic forms, and a playful spirit. Magis encourages its design partners to explore innovative uses of materials and production techniques.

On display at Design Pavilion were Magis Puppy designed by Eero Aarnio, Magis Chair_One designed by Konstantin Grcic, Magis Milà Chair designed by Jaime Hayon, and Magis Spun Chair designed by Thomas Heatherwick.

ArtsThread International, based in London, UK, administered the Magis Mural Competition for this showcase in Times Square. With Magis, they challenged New York based students and here are the winners were Lizzy Itzkowitz, School of Visual Arts; Wenkai Mao, School of Visual Arts; and Heng Zeng, Syracuse University.

Magis with Herman Miller
Nasdaq
Nasdaq
First time collaboration between Design Pavilion and Nasdaq recognized impact of design on our future

Reinforcing the forward-looking theme of its 2018 edition, Design Pavilion with Nasdaq, share a commitment to the role of design and technology in our future, and featured daily Nasdaq Spotlight Design Broadcasts live interviews with design industry stars engaging more than two million Nasdaq followers, hosted by Patrick Duffy, founder GFX.

In addition, Nasdaq showcased a flash exhibition of AIGA’s Design for Democracy: “Building Community Power” graphic campaign on its cylindrical Nasdaq MarketSite Tower and Marquee digital screens.

Nasdaq
Circus Family
Circus Family adorned Superior Digital Display screens in Times Square

Custom-designed, digital animations by audiovisual design collective Circus Family, based in The Netherlands, graced Superior Digital’s spectacular digital signage located at West 42nd and 49th Streets, the gateways to Times Square, prior to and during Design Pavilion’s program.

Circus Family, has a passion for bringing challenging projects to life.

Circus Family
New York Magazine
New York Magazine
50 New York Artists: A Public Art Exhibition

In celebration of New York Magazine’s 50th anniversary, 50 artists were invited to create 50 magazine covers that express what New York City looks like to them right now.

The project began with Alex Katz, who revisited the “Subway Drawings” series he made when studying at Cooper Union in the 1940’s.

New York Magazine presented the illustrator, Joana Avillez, who appeared at Design Pavilion live and created the next work in this series.

New York Magazine
L’Observatoire International
L'Observatoire lights Inflate

World renowned lighting design firm, L’Observatoire International designed the lighting for the Inflate pavilion that highlighted the form of the structure both within and without. Projects include New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the High Line, and Louis Vuitton Fondation in Paris. L’Observatoire International was founded in 1993 by designer Hervé Descottes.

Project director for this installation was Christopher Marta.

L’Observatoire International
Philips
Philips Lighting
Philips Lighting collaborated with L’Observatoire International

Philips Lighting (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting products, systems and services, delivers innovations that unlock business value, providing rich user experiences that help improve lives.

In collaboration with renowned designers of L’Observatoire, we showcased Philips Lighting innovations to enhance the magic of our Inflate pavilion.  The fixture used was the ColorBlast which provides high quality white light and millions of colors with state of the art Intellihue technology.

Philips Lighting
Superior Digital Displays
A new and innovative digital media company

Superior Digital Displays with spectacular digital signage located at West 42nd and 49th Streets. Circus Family's custom-designed animations for Design Pavilion were on view on the Superior Digital gateway screens in Times Square prior and during the event.

These dynamic and eye-catching digital communications added a new dimension in the visibility of Design Pavilion, its sponsors and exhibitors, and NYCxDESIGN.

Superior Digital Displays
Times Square Design Lab
Times Square Design Lab
New ideas for public space

The Times Square Alliance launched its inaugural prototypes from a new program titled Times Square Design Lab. These commissioned designs for public space are designed by New York City designers Brad Ascalon, Joe Doucet, Louis Lim, DYAD by Doug Fanning, and Hive Public Space.

The program is managed by 6¢ Design, and introduced Times Square as a laboratory for new solutions to enhance public spaces and as a venue to present New York’s design talent and community

Times Square Design Lab
Pratt Institute
Pratt Institute presented The Future of Take-Out, an exhibition of student solutions

The Future of Take-Out was a unique collaboration with the New York State Department of Environment Conservation (DEC), challenging Pratt students to explore a range of solutions that focus on reducing waste, eliminating one-time use packages for fast food, plastic alternatives, marine-friendly packaging and methods and systems for packaging and transporting take-out food with the goal of eliminating the pollution of New York’s waterways and Harbor.

Pratt Department Chairs overseeing this project were Constantin Boym and Santiago Piedrafita; and the class was taught by Professors Karol Murlak and Eric O’Toole.

Pratt Institute
Duggal
Duggal
Duggal Visual Solutions showcased its innovative technologies

Renowned for fine print production, Duggal Visual Solutions also provided digital interactive fixtures, custom fabrication, and design consultation. They serve the world’s most influential brands in premium retail, museums, hospitality, architecture and design firms, and sport and other major events.

As a production partner, Duggal’s state of the art capabilities are evident in all Design Pavilion’s signage and in this original installation.

Duggal
AIGA
AIGA
AIGA designers used design to engage citizens in democracy

AIGA, the professional association for design, collaborated with Design Pavilion to showcase its Design for Democracy: “Building Community Power” messages and graphics on the Nasdaq MarketSite Tower and Marquee digital screens, as well as across its social media channels that engage more than two million followers.

The “Building Community Power” project was supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and developed in partnership with Nonprofit VOTE, the largest source of nonpartisan resources.

The jury included Harry Allen for Design Pavilion; Tim Tompkins for Times Square Alliance; Ally Kostick, Global Brand + Creative at Nasdaq, Frances Yllana, co-chair of the Design for Democracy committee, James Hill of Nonprofit VOTE, Laura Peres, Pratt MFA student, and famous design advocates Milton Glaser and Luba Lukova.

AIGA
MioCulture
MioCulture
Mio Culture debuted a new line of furniture designed to enhance creativity

MIO is a line of modern sustainable furnishings for creative spaces. ‘The Work is Play Collection’, was shown for the first time at Design Pavilion and the result of research into the habits and activities of adults in their living and workspaces. ‘The Work is Play’ line brings play to the forefront as a means to spontaneously interact and share with others while enhancing creativity and communication.

All MIO products are designed by its founders, Jaime Salm and Isaac Salm.

MioCulture
zU Studio Architecture
zU-studio presents anti-gravity seating for “Re-lying”

Parenthesis, aka ( ), of the Re-lying Collection, invited all to experience anti-gravity seating positions. The collection promotes numerous health benefits including reducing the pressure on the lumbar discs, improving back pain and sciatica issues, reducing heart rate and improving circulation.

Created by Javier Zubiria, founding architect at zU-studio architecture, based in The Netherlands.

zU Studio Architecture
American Design Club
American Design Club
The American Design Club returned to Design Pavilion

The American Design Club, a platform for designers and brands, returned for the third consecutive year to Design Pavilion, where they showed, shared, and sold their work.  They welcomed visitors to browse their pop-up shop and take home the latest products made by emerging and established creatives.

The American Design Club connects and consults with brands on new opportunities and curates theme-based exhibitions of new work at some of the finest design venues.

American Design Club
Dancing in the Street
Dancing in the Street
Party in Times Square

The second annual Dancing in the Street was held on Sunday night. Notable DJ Sammy Jo expertly curated a 2-hour set for dance music fans, from age 3 to 93.

Dancing in the Street has become an annual Design Pavilion tradition.

Dancing in the Street
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