6 picks for a stellar week.

A design whirlwind is about to descend on the city of New York. With multiple design fairs and hundreds of events, it’s easy to get lost in the flurry of NYCxDESIGN. We put together some recommended events to help you navigate and have some fun!



The American Design Club has partnered with yours truly to bring you Growth: an open call for designs that encourage natural growth in a man-made world. The winning entries will be exhibited at the Design Pavilion on Astor Place and the exhibit will be chock-full of sprouts, leaves, and living things. What better way to celebrate spring?

Sat, May 7th-Sun, May 15th
The Design Pavilion
26 Astor Place, New York




Colony, the Canal Street showroom for up-and-coming independent designers, will be hosting a series of events to help you regroup during Design Week—from beer tasting, to yoga, to dim sum, to movie night. Sit back, relax and marvel at their latest collection. Check out the lineup and RSVP here.

May 12th-May 17th
324 Canal St., 2nd floor, New York

BKLYN Designs



BKLYN Designs is a big design fair in Greenpoint featuring seasoned and new designers from Brooklyn. Young designers can learn new skills at the Maker’s Lab, a series of workshops on everything from launching your own kickstarter to using a 3D printer. Textile lovers can try their hand at tapestry weaving at Tac Pop-Up Studio.



There will also be site-specific installations, including caribBEING House, an art and cultural space inside a shipping container.



Check here for a full schedule of programs.  

May 6-8
Brooklyn Expo Center
72 Noble St.

Judge Me


Source: Grouphug (facebook)

Drop into Grouphug, a pop-up gallery on Orchard Street, for design with a social conscience. Judge Me presents innovative designs that tackle prejudice. From wearable tech that prevents cat-calling to bandages that match every skin color, Judge Me is a thought-provoking take on design. Come for demos on opening night: May 6th, from 7-late.  

May 6-8
160 Orchard St., New York

Downtown Design Street Party



Celebrate the opening of the Downtown Design Festival with a street festival on historic cobblestone streets of lower Manhattan. Free and open to the public, this event will feature music, live entertainment, food and drink, and will kick off the Seaport Studios Design Market.

Monday, May 9th, 6-8
Seaport District, Fulton and Front Street, Manhattan

Industry City Open Studios



Catch some local artists and designers in action at Industry City Open Studios. More than 75 painters, photographers, sculptors, stained-glass artists, woodworkers, jewelers, textile designers, and graphic designers will open their doors to the public. WantedDesign Brooklyn is also taking place in Industry City, so this will be the place to be!

Saturday, May 14th, and Sunday, May 15th, 1-6 pm
Industry City, Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Fly by Night

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 6.08.24 PM


In the midst of Design Week, you may notice flocks of pigeons performing dancerly feats above the East River. Fly by Night, a public work of art by Duke Riley, will be launching on May 7th, and will feature thousands of trained pigeons with LED lights strapped to their ankles swooping out of a historic boat docked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. You won’t want to miss this one!

May 7th-June 12th
Brooklyn Navy Yards

–Katie Fowley