Ever walk around the city and wonder who? what? where? why? when? These are all questions designers ask themselves everyday. What is design ? SO MANY QUESTIONS BUT WHERE ARE THE ANSWERS??
Design is anything and everything around us. It is the bench you sit in on the subway, the lights that guide your path, and the reason paintings provoke emotions. Design week opens up the doors into the world of appreciating the process. NYCxDESIGN is an annual event that celebrates NYC as a city of makers, dreamers, and motivators, it attracts people from all over the world.
There is so much to do during design week that no matter what world you come from you will find something to enjoy. I had the pleasure to attend a few events this time around and if you missed it check out this article, and prepare yourself for next year because the aesthetic overload is worth being a part of.
As a professional designer I am obsessed in learning the mechanics of a product. I want to know everything about its construction. ICFF is a design convention where all the answers exist. ICFF is held at one of the most iconic buildings in New York City - The Jacob Javits Center, in Hells Kitchen. One of the first booths I was drawn to was because it was filled with a series furniture pieces that were different is size and texture, but all one color. Opening Ceremony X Crosby Studios, collaborated for ICFF to design a world of purple. It was a booth for awakening the senses. Let the feelings of touch takeover while you sink into a fuzzy chair. Switch on a lamp whose silhouette could give you a high five! The color purple allows you to look at all pieces as one, forcing your curiosity to come alive. Then I ask, why is it different? The best part is, you are allowed to touch everything! Inspiration is limitless, and you end up imagining things you didn't even know you needed.
Wanted Design is the baby of the ICFF design fair. It's only been around four years but has impacted the design world at a rapid rate. Here, New york city celebrates design globally. I met a furniture designer from Mexico who shared the same fabrication struggles with me. He heard me complaining about lack of space and and told me to find space. I met Victor Alvaro, the direction and furniture designer of “Victor Alvaro Studio”. After sharing tips and tricks we’ve both learned on our journey through the design process, he became a friend and a mentor. Within a few minutes I was inspired. I was invited to the studio in Mexico! Which was a pleasant reminder of the networking opportunities NYCxDESIGN can provide, while allowing you to gain new understanding of the world. Wanted design also hosts a series of talks about sustainable and charitable design. Reminding us the importance of purpose in design within our everyday life.
Even though Design week only occurs annually you can find events like these all year round and throughout the city. Design is all around us. To check out galleries, film events, trade shows and more just take a walk around any of the 5 boroughs and be inspired by today and tomorrow.