In 2021, NYCxDESIGN will present a series of Design Days taking place May 13–18, showcasing NYC’s talented design community. The program will feature primarily virtual events, in addition to outdoor experiences, select tours, and other small gatherings, depending on COVID-19 protocols at that time. The annual NYCxDESIGN Awards program, hosted by Interior Design and sponsored by ICFF, will take place virtually to celebrate and recognize exceptional design in NYC. The May timeline also includes Design Pavilion’s Open to the Sky, a special, city-wide installation activating all five boroughs with small, built structures that embody messages of hope and spirit, and an expanded edition of ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan’s virtual CLOSEUP event. In addition to partner organized events, the NYCxDESIGN team will curate special offerings including self-guided journeys and broadcasted interviews and tours that will be broadcasted on DesignTV by SANDOW, reaching millions of viewers globally to further promote NYCxDESIGN programming.

Design Days Event Registration

We invite all members of NYC’s creative community to host an event between May 13-18, 2021 to be part of Design Days. Events can be registered here.

From virtual talks and immersive online platforms to outdoor installations and product launches, we welcome a wide range of events that celebrate and showcase the latest and greatest in NYC design.


Virtual Events

Registration fee = $50

Fee includes:

  • 1 Instagram story pre-event
  • Event listing on website
  • Social toolkit
Live/Outdoor Events

Registration fee = $100

Fee includes:

  • 1 Instagram story pre-event
  • Event listing on website
  • Social toolkit
  • 1 NYCxDESIGN branded stand-up banner for use at your installation location

Organizers that are looking for heightened exposure for their events can purchase NYCxDESIGN promotional packages. Details on these offerings can be found here.

NYCxDESIGN registered events must comply with current CDC guidelines. View current guidelines surrounding live events at this link.

Daily Themes

If you plan to organize a single-day, one-time event, and it pertains to one of the below categories, please consider hosting on the relevant day. 

Thursday, May 13: Architecture

Friday, May 14: Graphics and Branding

Saturday, May 15: Outdoors

Sunday, May 16: Interior Design

Monday, May 17: Product Design

Tuesday, May 18: Digital and Technology