Design Pavilion reached an all time high engaging 4.7 million local business people, residents and international visitors; 151 million social impressions, and 2,000 Design Talks™ attendees.
Design Pavilion was host to the Design Talks™, Nasdaq Spotlight Design Broadcasts, the NYCxDESIGN Press Pod and Information Kiosk distributing the official NYCxDESIGN Guide and a variety of design publications.
Also on offer were a series of exciting installations that were free and open to the public, featuring emerging and established designers of all disciplines, architects, brands and visionaries from around the world.
Special thanks to Paul Gregory and Feingold & Gregory Architects PC.
All photos by Rune Stokmo and James Michael Robinson
The largest private yachting company worldwide, Azimut|Benetti Group depicts architecture and design in the arena of yachting and is one of the world’s most sustainable yacht companies through its use of technology and materials. A 60 foot Azimut yacht, with interiors designed by Francesco Guida, displayed cutting-edge technology.
For Design Pavilion, Azimut|Benetti partnered with One Ocean Foundation, developing specific projects that help safeguard marine life, welcomed young students to participate in a unique workshop depicting the future of marine life and the everyday actions involved in its safeguard.
Additionally, Azimut Yachts launched a contest through ArtsThread, the launch pad for the next generation of creatives – CAN YOU SEA THE FUTURE? - where design students are challenged to design a new Azimut yacht using Azimut’s technical innovation, materials and leading-edge design inspiration. The winning design was provide an internship for the student at the Azimut factory in Turin, Italy.
Azimut Yachts participated in the Design Talks concentrating on the intricacies of boat design. They played an important role in Design Talks Impact Summit at Nasdaq, focusing on the sustainable efforts through design of several cross industries.
Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) is a leading global provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services.
In celebration of Design Pavilion, Nasdaq launched a competition to create a piece of artwork that embodies Nasdaq’s brand essence of Relentless Possibility. Entrants were encouraged to interpret this ethos visually, and the work was displayed permanently in Nasdaq’s brand new event facilities.
Reinforcing the forward-looking theme of its 2019 edition, Design Pavilion with Nasdaq, 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.
The Virginia Tech FutureHAUS, as the sole representative from the United States, placed first overall in the International Solar Decathlon Middle East Competition. The FutureHAUS Dubai was brought to life through a university-wide effort that combined research by over 100 students and faculty. Situated on a 2,800 square foot plot with a patio garden, the 900 square foot solar-powered house proposed a new way to live and a new way to build.
The house is equipped with 67 digital devices, including touch screen control panels, automatic sliding doors, moveable walls that allow flexible space, a 3D-printed sink created in collaboration with Kohler and a smart mirror that helps users find their clothes.
This New York exhibition of FutureHAUS was supported in large part by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Dominion Energy, and Kohler Corporation.
Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, FM/S, a host for experimentation without boundaries, reimagined the way we live through an interactive and sensory immersive Tiny House sculpture.Tiny House utilized reclaimed materials within a 175 sq. ft. footprint created a fantastical living space that re-contextualized the way second hand materials are used and experienced, combining functional and creative design.
The house, hosted multiple talks throughout the festival, and had scents and humidity in the garden created by Brook Landscape, a New York based design-build studio, aiming to transform outdoor living spaces into unique natural environments.
Chairs That Inspire On The Chairousel was an exhibition designed by the students of the School of Visual Arts’ 3D Design and Interior Design departments.
Students were asked to create a chair that represents what inspires them. These sculptures came together on a refurbished 1960’s carousel, creating a one-of-a-kind ride. If you’re one to think big, atop is the largest chair of them all – a 26 foot high chair serving as the canopy over this spinning show of seats.
Chairousel was curated by 3D Design Chair Kevin O’Callaghan and BFA Interior Design Chair Dr. Carol Bentel. School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for nearly seven decades.
Solstreet is a solar-powered charging bench that connects users to their surrounding community in real time using an interactive bulletin board. Developed with cutting-edge E Ink technology, Solstreet not only provides a place to recharge your personal devices and rest your feet, but also a public hub for meeting, greeting and obtaining information tied to public events, business offerings and more.
Each Solstreet bench displayed information about NYCxDESIGN and Design Pavilion’s exhibitors and programs.
Solstreet is designed by Lisa Smith and Amelia Amon.
Nokia Bell Labs is an industrial research and scientific development company owned by Finnish company Nokia and a global collective of the world’s brightest minds, working to create the network of the future. Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) program presented two collaborations that humanize technology by fusing it with art.
Reeps One, world leading beat-boxer and vocal experimentalist, premiered a live version of his 'Second Self’ which demonstrated the creative potential of AI.
The International Contemporary Ensemble and E.A.T. artist-in-residence Lainie Fefferman played the music of award winning Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir. The music was augmented by technology developed by E.A.T., transforming audience cell phones into loud speakers.
Produced by American Design Club, a platform for designers to show, share, and sell their work, Sound + Vision was an exhibition that celebrated the collision of the design, technology and sounds shaping the future. Following an open call for submissions, Sound + Vision took form as a curated product exhibition, performance series, and environmental experience installation, engaging the public.
An array of sound proof pods from Framery Acoustics showcased exciting emerging products like sound reactive clouds from Richard Clarkson Studio, Canvas LED Lights by Nanoleaf, flooring by Bolon. There was also a retail pop-up powered by Square.
The Times Square Alliance presented the second year of the Times Square Design Lab (TSqDL), a design initiative that brings new ideas for public space onto the Broadway Plazas.
The debut of the Rely bench is a result of the design of New Yorker Joe Doucet and Belgian partners in innovative 3D printing technology, Concrenetics.
Also presented is a restored original K67 Kiosk, a noted design from 1967 by Slovenian Saša Machtig, discovered in MoMA’s exhibition, Toward a Concrete Utopia; Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980.
TSqDL also featured Island Collection by Brad Ascalon and designs with Louis Lim and Makingworks, Vestre and more.
The Times Square Design Lab has been developed for the Alliance by 6¢ Design, a consultancy.
As one of the world’s multicultural epicenters for arts, culture, design, and business, Pratt Institute, the Polish Cultural Institute, and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C. presented Project Hurrah! An urban musical instrument created to play and interact with, Project Hurrah! captured and commemorated positive emotions that connect Poles and Americans through music.
The installation took the form of a large-scale xylophone composed of vertical tubes. When tapped consecutively with a drumstick, the tubes play the Polish birthday and anniversary song, Sto Lat.
Ecocapsule® is a mobile, self-sustainable, smart micro-home, that utilizes solar and wind energy. It allows people to live in remote places out of reach of infrastructure, while retaining a high level of living comfort.
Ecocapsule® is powered by a dual system of energy production, which, in connection with high-capacity batteries, ensures energetic self-sufficiency.
Ecocapsule® also has an electric plug, enabling the charge of batteries from an external electric source, if needed.
Rosolino Ferrante Ltd. designed and supplied the landscape surrounding Ecocapsule.
ArtsThread, the leading digital platform for emerging artists and designers, administered two student competitions for Design Pavilion with Nasdaq and Azimut Yacht.
The Nasdaq Mural Competition asked design students to develop a site-specific mural installation to creatively address the theme ‘Relentless Possibilities.’ The winner was brought to New York City during which time the mural was unveiled at the Nasdaq MarketSite headquarters.
The Azimut Yacht competition challenged students to design a new Azimut Yacht using Azimut’s technical innovation, materials, and cutting-edge design inspiration. The winner was provided a 3-month internship at Azimut in Turin, Italy.
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, during Design Pavilion.
Circus Family merges design and technology to explore new territories, create powerful audiovisual experiences and tell stories worth telling.
Superior Digital Displays are spectacular digital signage located at West 42nd and 49th Streets. Circus Family’s custom-designed animations for Design Pavilion was on view on these gateway screens in Times Square 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.
Rosolino Ferrante Ltd., a Brooklyn based studio specializing in residential, commercial, institutional interior and exterior projects and property development throughout New York City, designed and supplied the landscape surrounding the Ecocapsule installation at Design Pavilion.
With over 30 years of experience, Rosolino Ferrante has conceived and executed imaginative interiors, innovative rooftop gardens, backyards and impactful environmental designs for a diverse clientele.