NYCxDESIGN is driven by core values deeply rooted in community and creativity, always mindful of inclusivity, equality, diversity, sustainability, and regenerative design for the greater good of humanity.

Beyond its annual Festival, NYCxDESIGN’s year-round programming serves as a robust platform for the diverse spectrum of design talent found in New York City. 

Whether showcasing students, emerging designers, or highly decorated professionals across various design disciplines, our programs foster an environment for sharing, educating, learning, and uniting. The overarching aim is to address the pressing needs of our world with attention and care, inspiring the next generation to embrace design as a tool for solving problems and contributing positively to tomorrow’s challenges.

Mud Talks: The Retail Renaissance Fostering Community and Conscious Consumption

Café Kitsuné 112 Bond St, Brooklyn, NY, United States

Please join Mud Australia, the porcelain homewares brand with a penchant for color and craftsmanship, for its Mud Talks: The Retail Renaissance Fostering Community and Conscious Consumption on Saturday, May 18th at Café Kitsuné. Moderated by Brooklynite and Executive Editor of ELLE Decor, Ingrid Abramovitch, this lively panel will bring together notable voices from the Atlantic Avenue design community including Shelley Simpson, Founder and Creative Director of Mud; Michele Varian, Designer and Founder of Michele Varian Shop & Design and Sarah Zames, Founder and Principal of the design firm General Assembly and Co-Founder of Assembly Line to discuss the area’s thriving creative scene and the current landscape for independent retailers, making a compelling case to shop local for stronger communities and a more sustainable future.

Shelley Simpson, Founder & Creative Director, Mud Australia
Michele Varian, Designer & Founder, Michele Varian Shop & Design Studio
Sarah Zames, Founder & Principal, General Assembly and Co-Founder, Assembly Line