Design Symposium at Industry City Tue May 20th

On the last day of NYCxDESIGN at Industry City, come catch NYDesigns’ Nepal Asatthawasi and other panelists in a design symposium bringing together key members of NYC’s design community to discuss the state – and the future – of NYCxDESIGN and the design industry in NYC.


The design forum runs from 2:15pm to 5pm on Tuesday, May 20th and the closing reception – which involves audience participation in a pinata attack with real cash money – runs from 5pm to 6pm.


Industry City is in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

How we did it

It’s up! Our installation at Industry City officially opened on Saturday May 10th. Thanks to our talented team, we conceptualized, produced and installed this show in only 15 DAYS. That just goes to show you what can be done when you believe in a mission.


NYDesigns’ installation at Industry City challenges visitors to consider the issue of diversity in NYC’s design industries. We have highlighted key demographic information of both the national and metropolitan design-related labor markets. This data, presented as a series of colorful infographics, is presented alongside portraits of entrepreneurs and students selected from the NYDesigns community. All are participants in one of two separate initiatives: the NYDesigns Business Incubator or the AAS degree program in Industrial Design at LaGuardia Community College.The individuals represented on the installation wall are not identified as either students or entrepreneurs, but a collection of individuals at different stages of a design career. This is the diversity NYDesigns hopes to influence in the design industries so that the face of design reflects the vibrant mix and variety of contemporary NYC.


Thanks to WantedDesign for the opportunity.



NYDesigns at Industry City May 10-20

NYDesigns will be exhibiting at WantedDesign’s Industry City site from May 10-20, 2014.


The main floor of Industry City will be the stage for a wide range of multidisciplinary design events all open to the public.


NYDesigns doesn’t design, make or sell any products, but if you know us, you know that we work hard to design and implement programs that have visible, everyday impacts on the livelihoods of New York’s residents and businesses. What we’re launching at Industry City is a campaign to raise awareness about the need for more diversity in design. We believe this is important because the design industry should be representative of NYC’s vibrant diversity.


We’re tackling this issue in two distinct ways:


1. By maximizing the growth potential of small businesses: Our business incubator program remains a functionally and physically supportive environment for designers, technologists, makers and fabricators who need the space, equipment and business guidance to move along a trajectory of sustainable growth

2. By supporting affordable, attainable education: specifically, the newly launched Industrial Design AAS (Associate’s degree) at CUNY LaGuardia, which paves the way for a four-year design degree which would be more financially accessible to wider communities of young adults and their families.


There is another way: come play Miami Vice foosball with us and we’ll tell you what’s what.


Interested in learning more? Drop by Industry City between May 10 and May 20 to see us or come to the opening party on Saturday, May 10 (RSVP here).

Introducing NYDesigns resident: bhold

Meet one of NYDesigns’ newer resident, bhold.


bhold designs smart, functional accessories that make your life easier. Their design and production processes rely on 3D printing technologies, which encourage faster and more responsive iterations. We (and women everywhere, as well as men who “tote”) love their bstrong utility hook, a nifty little thing that lets you have your own hook wherever you go, keeping your bag, coat, umbrella, or motorcycle helmet off the ground. This lightweight design will fit over almost any table or countertop, and its internal ribbing lets it hold 20 lbs with ease.


On May 10-11 and again on May 17-18bhold will be participating in WantedDesign through NYCxDESIGN week, New York City’s official citywide celebration of design with international designers exhibiting installations, pop-up stores, workshops, and more.

Beyond showcasing their designs and 3D printing process, they’ll be hosting the 3D studio space at The Factory Floor at Industry City, a workshop-oriented portion of WantedDesign. bhold has also been selected to be a part of American Design Club’s FIELD DAY show at the same venue.

The bhold team will be leading workshops in 3D modeling and techniques. If you’ve always wanted to get into designing your own 3D printed pieces, sign up for one of the workshops they’ll be teaching!


The NYDesigns team will be at Industry City as well from May 10-20 (noon-6pm everyday excepting Mondays and Wednesdays), sharing a booth with resident Surname.


Stop by to say hi to all of us!

Introducing NYDesigns resident: HUXHUX

HUXHUX is a young design studio dedicated to exceptional interior design, architecture and furniture.


Justin Huxol, founder, teaches Interior Design studios at Parsons The New School for Design. Justin received his M.Arch from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. With extensive experience working with luxury retail brands and hospitality clients, HUXHUX designs fine furniture that is not necessarily interested simply in functionality. HUXHUX is interested in using their furniture as an unexpected means of engaging people with the spaces they inhabit. Light, form, materiality are always at play. HUXHUX has been a resident at NYDesigns since March 2014.


For WantedDesign 2014, HUXHUX is launching two new lines of furniture: The Shapeshifters and The Prisms. Both lines come from the same formal family of translational geometries and stacked construction. The Shapeshifters are clean, smooth, pure volumes that shift shapes from their tops to their bases. These birch pieces come in sets that reveal the full combinative possibilities of the three shapes. They can be configured as a group or stacked as totems. The Prisms speak the same formal language but break from the simplified perfection of the Shapeshifters. The acrylic Prisms conflate geometry and begin to engage a more crystalline glowing agenda. These pieces refract light and color from their internal voids, giving them a psychic presence in the spaces we inhabit.


Find out more about WantedDesign here and don’t forget to RSVP if you want to attend the opening night party on Friday, May 16th and say hey to Justin!


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