In its inaugural year, 2016, DESIGN PAVILION, a five-day public activation, presented a curated collection of creative structures and displays, serving as the public hub during NYCxDESIGN.


Through lively design activities, DESIGN PAVILION increases awareness of the power of design and the many design events occurring around town during the official design weeks.


A powerful platform to inspire and inform about design:

  • An immersive urban experience
  • Daily programming, interactive displays and exhibitions
  • Centrally-located in a public venue


Special thanks to Paul Gregory and Feingold & Gregory Architects PC.

 all photos by Rune Stokmo

Pavilions and displays

  • 125 Greenwich Street with Snarkitecture

    125 Greenwich Street Developers Celebrate Design in NYC

    125 Greenwich Street developers, SHVO, Bizzi & Partners Development and New Valley, support the design awakening of the New Downtown, NYC and celebrated NYCxDESIGN at DESIGN PAVILION.


    The developers commissioned New York-based collaborative practice Snarkitecture to create an installation depicting the evolving World Trade Center neighborhood with the latest residential condominium addition 125 Greenwich Street, designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Viñoly. Referencing the familiar concept of a pin screen toy, the installation abstracts the surrounding city fabric as an undulating landscape of white fiberglass rods, while 125 Greenwich Street and the World Trade Center buildings are prominently represented as solid forms, finished in white satin lacquer.


    When completed, 125 Greenwich Street will stand as a soaring 88 story tower with panoramic views of lower Manhattan, the rivers and the region. The installation is a sculptural representation of 125 Greenwich's place within the iconic skyline of the New World Trade Center.


    About 125 Greenwich Street

    125 Greenwich Street is a striking new luxury condominium development  by SHVO, Bizzi & Partners Development and New Valley. When complete, 125 Greenwich will span 88 floors and 460,000 square feet. World-renowned architect, Rafael Viñoly, was hand selected to design the building, and March & White spearheaded the interior design. Located in the heart of the World Trade Center, the development will be neighbors to a host of luxury retailers including Hermes, Tiffany, Tom Ford and Gucci. The sales office will be open on the 84th floor of One World Trade in Fall 2016. Douglas Elliman are the sales agents for the development.


    About Snarkitecture

    Snarkitecture explores the disciplinary boundaries between art and architecture. The name is drawn from Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of The Snark, a poem describing an “impossible voyage of an improbable crew to find an inconceivable creature.” Snarkitecture’s approach focuses on viewer experience, encouraging interaction with and exploration of the surrounding environment. From permanent architectural-scale projects to functional objects, the New York-based practice manipulates and reinterprets existing materials, structures and programs to make architecture perform the unexpected.


    Snarkitecture was co-founded by Alex Mustonen & Daniel Arsham in 2008.


  • DuPontCorian® with Joe Doucet

    DuPont™Corian® Blur Bar
    designed by Joe Doucet

    DuPont™Corian® brought to DESIGN PAVILION the Blur Bar interactive display designed by Joe Doucet, fabricated by Associated Fabrication and made from their 2016 newly launched DuPont™Corian® Colors. DuPont™Corian® also hosted Blurred: Design Beyond the Edges at the DESIGN TALKS NYC which celebrated the shifting face of design, featuring creative thinkers from a variety of professional circles — instigating those creative sparks that drive innovation and design.


    Taking inspiration from exploring the spaces where boundaries blur, the DuPont™Corian® Blur Bar is a physical manifestation of the intersection of inside and outside, distance and proximity, and the communal and the exclusive. Made with the new 2016 DuPont™Corian® Colors collection, the 35’ long installation becomes an iconic symbol of the creative thinkers and leaders who are transforming their own industries through mutual intersections.


    About Joe Doucet

    Doucet’s work has been exhibited at the London Design Museum and the Biennale International Design in Saint-Etienne, while his awards include a 2016 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award Nomination in Product Design, a 2010 World Technology Award for Design and Good Design Awards in 2012 and 2008. He was also named the only ever AvantGuardian for Design by Surface Magazine and he currently holds more than 50 patents for his designs and inventions.


    Design Talks NYC

    At DESIGN TALKS NYC, DuPont™Corian® presented  Blurred: Design Beyond the Edges an evening celebrating the shifting face of design – exploring the transformative spaces where boundaries blur.


    This session spotlighted creative thinkers and leaders who are transforming their own industries through mutual intersections. These bright minds and talented creatives, whose roles could not be defined by a single category - bridging gaps and blurring lines -  focused on the organic waves of innovation.


    Moderated by design advocate Susan Szenasy, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Metropolis Magazine, with panelists:

    • Rama Allen, Executive Creative Director, The Mill
    • John Cerone, Associate Principal, SHoP Architects
    • Emilie Baltz, Experiential Designer
    • John D. Cerone, Associate Principal, SHoP Architects
    • James Patten, Director, Patten Studio
    • Thomas Winkelman, Managing Creative Director, SYPartners


  • IBM Interactive Design

    IBM Interactive Design

    IBM explored the impact of design when powered by cognitive technology. Attendees experienced the latest advancements in cognitive computing from Watson. IBM is using design at an unprecedented scale and building the largest design team in the world, working on multi-disciplinary teams that deliver iconic user experiences for clients.


    Design Talks NYC

    At DESIGN TALKS NYC, IBM presented Big Design. Todd Simmons shared the design transformation at IBM now, and the future vision.

  • Ecovative with Harry Allen

    Ecovative Pavilion designed by Harry Allen

    World leading bio-materials company Ecovative collaborated with designers Harry Allen and Jeff Betts to create a pavilion featuring the launch of interior products made from ‘mushroom material’. This collaboration was ignited through Material ConneXion, the world’s largest materials consultancy and resource library. Product designs by Eric Pfeiffer, Alyssa Coletti, Jeff Betts, and Ken Lush, using environmentally friendly coverings by Designtex, were on display demonstrating how Ecovative grows earth-friendly materials with positive impact on our planet’s ecosystem. These high performance, cost-competitive, award-winning products—including MycoBoard™ panels for furniture and construction, MycoFoam™ materials, and other consumer goods—are healthy, environmentally friendly, and certified sustainable.


    “Ecovative’s Pavilion will showcase an array of grown products, including acoustic panels and other building materials, illustrating what is possible when there is a shared commitment to the idea: design drives change”, said Jeff Betts, Design Lead, Ecovative.


    “I am completely inspired by Ecovative’s materials and this installation was a dream project. I wanted to approach the material with less fantasy, and more practicality. Growing products with mushroom material is not only the future, its very now! I aimed to feature the versatility of these grown materials”, said Harry Allen, designer.


    Special thanks to UMBRA SHIFT for providing the COILED STOOL designed by Harry Allen.


    About Jeff Betts

    Jeff Betts is design and development lead at Ecovative, where he works with innovative designers and manufacturers to realize the possibilities of Mushroom Material® products. At Ecovative, Jeff helped develop the material platform MycoBoard, leads the maker-centered material program GIY (Grow It Yourself), and created the Ecovative Pavilion at Design Pavilion with Harry Allen.


    About Harry Allen Design

    Harry Allen Design is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary design firm based in New York City. Although trained as an industrial designer, Mr. Allen achieved prominence in 1994 for his interior design of the world renowned design store, Moss. A multitude of interior design projects followed. Harry’s product design work spans a wide range, from furniture and lighting to packaging and accessories. Harry’s work can be found in the permanent collections of MOMA, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Denver Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


  • Growth by American Design Club

    GROWTH by American Design Club

    “Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that, but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.” – W.B. Yeats


    The American Design Club presented their annual design exhibition at DESIGN PAVILION at Astor Place Plaza, sponsored by Fab. This year their exhibition’s theme is Growth. Growth exhibited 60+ products and objects encouraging and promoting and sustaining growth. The works were designed and made by creatives both emerging and established.


    The American Design Club is a platform for designers and brands to show, share, and sell their work. They do this by exhibiting new work at some of the best design venues, connecting and consulting with brands on new opportunities, as well as sales representation at some of the best trade shows in the USA. The AmDC is a catalyst for companies who are ready to take the next step.


    Sponsored by Fab and The Sill.

  • The Pool by Jen Lewin

    The Pool by Jen Lewin

    The Pool by Jen Lewin, is an environment of light and color created from interactive pads. By entering The Pool, you entered a world where play and collaborative movement create swirling effects through interaction. Imagine a giant canvas where you can paint and splash light collaboratively. As multiple users played in The Pool, their interconnection became mesmerizing patterns of shifting and fading colors.


    The Pool was activated with color and light at dusk daily.  Yet, visitors enjoyed hopping over the lily-pad-like discs during the day as well.


    About Jen Lewin

    Jen Lewin is an internationally renowned light and interactive sculptor. Over the last 15 years, Lewin has honed her highly technical medium to fabricate large-scale interactive sculptures that combine light, sound and motion to encourage community interaction. Focusing on pieces made for public use, she thinks beyond a traditional art exhibition to create an experience that brings vibrancy to neighborhoods, parks and public spaces. At once organic and electronic, Jen Lewin’s playful sculptures leave viewers enchanted and surprised while encouraging delight through their engagement with the work.


  • Heller Furnishes Design Pavilion

    Heller Furnishes Design Pavilion

    DESIGN PAVILION is grateful to Alan Heller and HELLER for the fabulous furnishings that enhanced the Astor Place outdoor venue and welcomed our visitors to feel playful, comfortable and inspired.


    Heller is an international furniture manufacturer with production in the USA. Incorporated in 1971, Heller’s first product was a line of stacking dinnerware designed by Massimo Vignelli. Winner of a Compasso d’Oro award in Italy, it is included in the Museum of Modern Art permanent design collection, New York. Heller launched its furniture division in 1998. The Bellini Chair (1998), designed by Mario Bellini, won the Compasso d’Oro ADI 2001.


    For about 45 years, Heller has offered leading designers the opportunity to work with new technologies to create innovative products. Heller has worked with leading international designers: Massimo & Lella Vignelli, Philippe Starck, Mario Bellini, Vico Magistretti, William Sawaya, De Pas, D’Urbino & Lomazzi, Frank Gehry, and Studio 65.



    Heller products are in design collections worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Smithsonian, the Louvre Museum of Decorative Arts, Vitra Museum, the Pinakothek in Munich, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.