Design Pavilion in Times Square is the public hub for the City’s official design week and the many related design events occurring around town. We are host to the NYCxDESIGN Press Pod and Information Center distributing the official NYCxDESIGN Guide, the Design Talks NYC™, and a series of installations that are free and open to the public and engage emerging and established designers, architects, brands and visionaries from around the world.


Design Pavilion is an annual public design and cultural happening, presenting a series of curated installations, exhibitions and daily programming. We will engage more than 5 million local business people, residents and international visitors with design ideas for our future.


photos by Rune Stokmo

Pavilions and displays


    Setting the standard in yacht design and craftsmanship in support of
    the Oceans



    The spirit of relentless possibilities through design and innovation

    In celebration of Design Pavilion, Nasdaq launched a competition to create a piece of artwork that embodies Nasdaq’s brand essence of Relentless Possibility, the notion that they are relentlessly devoted to advancing what’s possible for humanity. Entrants were encouraged to interpret this ethos visually, and the work will be displayed permanently in Nasdaq’s brand new event facilities, used daily by thousands of leading companies around the world for their marquee events.


    About Nasdaq

    Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) is a leading global provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today's global capital markets. As the creator of the world's first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 100 marketplaces in 50 countries. Nasdaq is home to over 4,000 total listings with a market value of approximately $14 trillion.


    The Nasdaq Stock Market is an American stock exchange. It is the second-largest stock exchange in the world by market capitalization, behind only the New York Stock Exchange located in the same city.


    Nasdaq reinforces the on-going significance and importance of design and celebrates those that are rewriting the way design and technology apply to our future. Nasdaq supports this spirit of disruption and innovation, as it drives so many forward ideas – from electronic trading to analytics, to the marketplaces and economies of tomorrow.






    Center for Design Research

    Revolutionizing the Future of Housing

    The Virginia Tech FutureHAUS, as the sole representative from the United States, placed first overall in the International Solar Decathlon Middle East Competition.  In November of 2018, the house and team traveled to Dubai and competed against fourteen top research universities, earning the title of the world's best solar-home. The FutureHAUS Dubai was brought to life through a university-wide effort that combined research by over 100 students and faculty. Situated on a 2,800 square foot plot with a patio garden, the 900 square foot solar-powered house proposed a new way to live and a new way to build. The house is equipped with 67 digital devices, including touch screen control panels, automatic sliding doors, moveable walls that allow flexible space, a 3D-printed sink created in collaboration with Kohler and a smart mirror that helps users find their clothes.


    The FutureHAUS featured concepts for smart home design and construction that can revolutionize the housing industry.  The house displayed in Times Square is a working prototype and serves as a test-bed for new ideas relating to building prefabrication and smart systems integration into residential environments.


    This New York exhibition of FutureHAUS was supported in large part by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Dominion Energy, and Kohler Corporation.


    About Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design







    Bold forms and surprising materials

    Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, FM/S, has reimagined the way we live through an interactive and sensory immersive TINY HOUSE sculpture. TINY HOUSE utilizes reclaimed materials within a 175 sq. ft. footprint to create a fantastical living space that re-contextualizes the way second hand materials are used and experienced, combining functional and creative design. The house,  hosted multiple talks throughout the festival,  and had scents and humidity in the garden created by Brook Landscape. A video explained the process of manufacturing this unique sustainable material.


    About FM/S

    FM/S is a host for experimentation without boundaries. Through painting, sculpture, furniture, architecture, and interiors design, the self-sustaining studio maintains an essential core: FORM + CONTENT + MATERIALS. Each piece is informed by its material and a talented team working in wood, metal, casting, finishing and fabrication, helping to carry out Fernando’s visions.







    About Brook Landscape

    Brook Landscape is a New York based design-build studio, aiming to transform outdoor living spaces into unique natural environments. Through cohesive plant-scapes and architecturally appropriate features, a tranquil garden takes shape. They focus on the use of sustainable materials that age gracefully, coupled with timeless objects and forms. The end result invites you outdoors.





    Brook Landscape is a design/build practice dedicated to creating naturalistic, contemporary gardens.



    The multi-disciplinary college of art and design presents a multi-disciplinary celebration of art and design

    CHAIRS THAT INSPIRE ON THE CHAIROUSEL is an exhibition designed by the students of the School of Visual Arts’ 3D Design and Interior Design departments.


    Students were asked to create a chair that represents what inspires them. These sculptures came together on a refurbished 1960’s carousel, creating a one-of-a-kind ride. With inspirations ranging from a Broadway stage to an orange chair covered with discarded objects, whether it’s the paparazzi or an imaginary creature that gets your wheels spinning, choose your muse on the Chairousel. If you’re one to think big, atop is the largest chair of them all – a 26 foot high chair serving as the canopy over this spinning show of seats.


    Chairousel is curated by 3D Design Chair Kevin O’Callaghan and BFA Interior Design Chair Dr. Carol Bentel.


    About the School of Visual Arts

    School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for nearly seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and nearly 37,000 alumni in 75 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world.







    Sit. Charge. Discover.

    Solstreet is a solar-powered charging bench that connects users to their surrounding community in real time using an interactive bulletin board. Developed with cutting-edge E Ink technology, Solstreet not only provides a place to recharge your personal devices and rest your feet, but also a public hub for meeting, greeting and obtaining information tied to public events, business offerings and more. Solstreet benches were on display at Design Pavilion, and each displayed information about NYCxDESIGN and Design Pavilion’s exhibitors and programs.


    Solstreet is designed by Lisa Smith and Amelia Amon.


    About Solstreet

    This women-owned business debuts its solar powered benches for sunlit communities right here in Times Square.  Solar power enables installation of these units without expensive trenching.

    While waiting for a friend, people can stop by the Solstreet bench to recharge while being updated on local news.  Solar enables installation of the units without expensive trenching.




    Fusing art and technology


    About Nokia Bell Labs

    A global collective of the world’s brightest minds, working to create the network of the future. Nokia Bell Labs is an industrial research and scientific development company owned by Finnish company Nokia. Its headquarters are located in Murray Hill, New Jersey, with laboratories located around the world. Bell Labs has its origins in the complex past of the Bell System.  Researchers working at Bell Labs are credited with the development of radio astronomy, the transistor, the laser, the charge-coupled device, information theory, the Unix operating system, and the programming languages C, C++, and S. Nine Nobel Prizes have been awarded for work completed at Bell Laboratories.





    presents SOUND + VISION

    Design. Technology. Sound.

    Produced by American Design Club, a platform for designers to show, share, and sell their work, Sound + Vision is an exhibition that celebrates the collision of the design, technology and sounds shaping the future. Following an open call for submissions, Sound + Vision takes form as a curated product exhibition, performance series, and environmental experience installation, engaging the public. An array of sound proof pods from Framery Acoustics showcased exciting emerging products like sound reactive clouds from Richard Clarkson Studio, Canvas LED Lights by Nanoleaf, flooring by Bolon. There was also a retail pop-up powered by Square.


    About American Design Club

    American Design Club is a representation of New York’s leading young design talent.  In recent years, the group has executed events and exhibitions showcasing their highly creative and independent work.




    About Human Space Machine

    Human Space Machine is a strategic consulting collective that combines brand, experience, space and technology disciplines to create experiences worth sharing for emerging and established brands. Human Space Machine supported American Design Club in the production of Sound + Vision.



    New ideas for public space


    The 2019 Design Lab is a series of exciting partnerships. The debut of the Rely bench is a result of the design of New Yorker Joe Doucet and Belgian partners in innovative 3D printing technology, Concrenetics, a worldwide leader in the emerging technology of concrete 3D printing in a joint venture with Urba-Style (BE) and Loughborough University (UK).


    Also presented is a restored original K67 Kiosk. A noted design from 1967 by Slovenian Saša Machtig, discovered in MoMA’s exhibition, Toward a Concrete Utopia; Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980. Public space kiosks are a challenging design problem and this solution was a success in plazas throughout Eastern Europe and the USSR. Times Square Design Lab worked directly with Machtig, MoMA and Slovenian experts to bring the historic K67 to this very American public space.


    TSqDL also featured other projects including Island Collection by Brad Ascalon - now sold worldwide through Landscape Forms - and evolving designs with Louis Lim and Makingworks, Vestre and more.


    The Times Square Design Lab has been developed for the Alliance by 6¢ Design, with the belief that furniture needed by Times Square is likely to also be needed by others around the world.



    About Times Square Design Lab

    Times Square Design Lab, TSqDL, is a design initiative that brings new ideas for public space onto the Broadway Plazas. These innovations embody New York’s creative spirit and provide unique solutions for an improved pedestrian experience in the destination that boasts 350,000 to 450,000 visitors a day. Presented by Times Square Alliance in partnership with 6¢ Design.






    About 6¢

    6¢ is a consultancy working at the intersection of design, government, development, public space, and art. They create smarter programs and services for more humane and livable cities. Their human-centered process helps organizations focus on their audiences’ needs, to engage them in the built environment.



    Global leader in higher education supports love, infatuation and friendship

    Pratt Institute, the Polish Cultural Institute, and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C. present Project Hurrah!, celebrating the hundredth anniversary of diplomatic relations between Poland and the United States. An urban musical instrument created to play and interact with, Project Hurrah! captured and commemorated positive emotions that connect Poles and Americans through music. The installation takes the form of a large-scale xylophone composed of vertical tubes. When tapped consecutively with a drumstick, the tubes play the Polish birthday and anniversary song, Sto Lat. The tune, known to every Pole and some Americans, recalls universal themes of fun, friendship and love.


    About Pratt Institute

    As one of the world’s multicultural epicenters for arts, culture, design, and business, New York City provides Pratt students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the Pratt campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Pratt has a 25-acre campus in Brooklyn, a creative hub in the midst of a renaissance, and another in Manhattan. The Institute’s campus in the historic Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn is adjacent to the emerging Brooklyn Tech Triangle, a nexus for innovation and entrepreneurship. Pratt’s programs are consistently ranked among the best in the country, and its faculty and alumni include the most renowned artists, designers, and scholars in their fields. Its interdisciplinary curriculum promotes collaborative and creative strategies for design thinking and provides students with unparalleled training facilities.






    Portable tiny dwelling, an opportunity for an eco-life

    Ecocapsule® is a mobile, self-sustainable, smart micro-home, that utilizes solar and wind energy. It allows people to live in remote places out of reach of infrastructure, while retaining a high level of living comfort. It can be used as a cottage, pop-up hotel, caravan, houseboat, research station and beyond.


    Ecocapsule® is powered by a dual system of energy production, which, in connection with high-capacity batteries, ensures energetic self-sufficiency even in the case of a temporary lack of resources. Ecocapsule® also has an electric plug, enabling the charge of batteries from an external electric source, if needed.

    Rosolino Ferrante Ltd. designed and supplied the landscape surrounding Ecocapsule.


    About Ecocapsule

    Ecocapsule® was established in 2015 in Bratislava, Slovakia, where its team designs and produces the mobile, self-sustainable micro home of the same name. They are a small company of professionals of various background, led by their founder and CEO Tomáš Žáček. After two successful rounds of investments, they are turning this dream into reality by bringing their product to the global market.








    About Rosolino Ferrante Ltd.

    Rosolino Ferrante Ltd. is a Brooklyn based studio specializing in residential, commercial, institutional interior and exterior projects and property development throughout New York City. With over 30 years of experience, Rosolino Ferrante has conceived and executed imaginative interiors, innovative rooftop gardens, backyards and impactful environmental designs for a diverse clientele. In addition, Rosolino Ferrante Ltd. has partnered with textile designers to create custom wallpapers and fabrics embodying its colorful and vibrant designs.



    Supporting the next generation of creative talent

    Arts Thread, the leading digital platform for emerging artists and designers, administered two student competitions for Design Pavilion with Nasdaq and Azimut Yacht.


    The Nasdaq Mural Competition asked design students to develop a site-specific mural installation to creatively address the theme ‘Relentless Possibilities.’ The winner will be brought to New York City during which time the mural will be unveiled at the Nasdaq MarketSite headquarters in Times Square.


    The Azimut Yacht competition  challenges students to design a new Azimut Yacht using Azimut’s technical innovation, materials, and cutting-edge design inspiration. The winner will be provided a 3-month internship at Azimut in Turin, Italy.


    About ArtsThread

    Arts Thread is a launchpad for the next generation of creative talent representing 300,000 students in more than 100 countries from over 740 design schools. For the first time ever, design students, graduates, universities, schools and the creative industry can network worldwide.


    The Arts Thread digital platform is a fantastic free tool for new creatives forming relationships with brands, retailers, trade shows, events, media and charities such as Design Pavilion, Levi's, Nike, Magis, Urban Outfitters, Duggal, Première Vision, Avery Dennison, Eastpak, Specsavers, s.Oliver, BBC Worldwide, Greenpeace, United Nations, Hearst Corp, Hermès, Milan Design Week, London Design Festival, Who's Next-Paris, Equip'Hotel, FESPA, WGSN, PSFK, and more.






    Circus Family adorns Superior Digital Display screens in Times Square

    Circus Family adorns Superior Digital Display screens in Times Square

    Custom-designed, digital animations by audiovisual design collective Circus Family, based in The Netherlands, graced Superior Digital’s spectacular digital signage located at West 42nd and 49th Streets, the gateways to Times Square, during Design Pavilion.


    About Circus Family

    Circus Family has a passion for bringing challenging projects to life using graphic design, moving image, music and interactive technology. They merge design and technology to explore new territories, create powerful audiovisual experiences and tell stories worth telling.






    A new and innovative digital media company

    Superior Digital Displays are spectacular digital signage located at West 42nd and 49th Streets. Circus Family's custom-designed animations for Design Pavilion was on view on these gateway screens in Times Square during the event. These dynamic and eye-catching digital communications added a new dimension in the visibility of Design Pavilion, its sponsors and exhibitors, and NYCxDESIGN.


    About Superior Digital Displays

    Superior Digital Displays is a leading out of home digital media company founded in 2009 that has made history in New York's Times Square by building the first private network of digital Billboards generating over 65 million views every month. Superior Digital Displays has a unique perspective on digital media advertising, by utilizing their cutting-edge LED screen technology and uncluttered peripheral approach to many multimedia platforms offered exclusively by Superior.






    Rosolino Ferrante Ltd. designed and supplied the landscape surrounding the Ecocapsule installation at Design Pavilion.


    Rosolino Ferrante Ltd. is a Brooklyn based studio specializing in residential, commercial, institutional interior and exterior projects and property development throughout New York City. With over 30 years of experience, Rosolino Ferrante has conceived and executed imaginative interiors, innovative rooftop gardens, backyards and impactful environmental designs for a diverse clientele. In addition, Rosolino Ferrante Ltd. has partnered with textile designers to create custom wallpapers and fabrics embodying colorful and vibrant designs.


    Madison Wood understands that low quality lumber means lost time and lost revenues for their customers. Selling the best product on the market, however, gives their customers the advantage they need to succeed long term.


    They house all of their lumber inside of their 180,000 square foot warehouse to ensure freshness and a bright, consistent color.


    Experience. Knowledge. A fierce dedication to customer satisfaction. These are the hallmarks of Feldman Lumber, a leading supplier to contractors and industrial companies in New York since 1912.


    They offer the largest selection of quality lumber, drywall, board products, building supplies and specialty products and deliver them with personal, dependable service.


    Sponsor of the official Design Pavilion uniform

    Souler is an influencer commerce platform where influencers share and sell the products they love from the brands they represent directly to their followers. Powered by RevCascade’s drop-ship platform, Souler enables influencers to create their own digital store fronts where they can curate, promote and sell branded products, without the hassle of managing physical inventory, shipping or customer service. A free service for both influencers and brands, the Souler platform provides brands with a new revenue stream, while also attracting new customers.